Illusionist (Blu-ray)

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 215402760
UPC 024543686873
UPC 14 00024543686873
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/6/2015
Rating Rating
20th Century
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In 1900 Vienna, a magician named Eisenheim the Illusionist is mystifying audiences with a remarkable magic act that is seemingly too good to believe. Chief Inspector Uhl, who is in the pocket of Crown Prince Leopold--and considers himself somewhat of an amateur conjurer--becomes obsessed with Eisenheim; Uhl is not only desperate to find out the secrets behind Eisenheim's tricks but also worried that the master magician might pose a threat to the crown prince's nefarious plans. In addition, Eisenheim is quickly growing close to Duchess Sophie von Teschen, his childhood love, who is engaged to Leopold. As Eisenheim's act becomes even more amazing--including apparently raising the spirits of the dead--he enrages the crown prince even further, leading to deception and murder. Edward Norton (FIGHT CLUB), who studied magic with Ricky Jay (THE SPANISH PRISONER) in preparing for the role, is terrific as Eisenheim, an enigmatic showman hiding a dark side. The excellent supporting cast features fine performances by Rufus Sewell (A KNIGHT'S TALE) as the evil, conniving Leopold; Jessica Biel (7TH HEAVEN) as the beautiful Sophie; and Paul Giamatti (SIDEWAYS) as the perceptive but bumbling Uhl. Written and directed by Neil Burger (INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN), THE ILLUSIONIST, which is based on a short story by Pulitzer Prizewinner Steven Millhauser, is a complex tale filled with mystery and awe. The compelling score was composed by minimalist musician Philip Glass and conducted by Michael Reisman.
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "Edward Norton is at his best here, chalking up another boundary-stretching performance..." 08/24/2006 p.108
Entertainment Weekly "[R]igorously styled?.Every one of Norton's postures feels chosen. Yet the interesting actor has chosen so thoughtfully that we're riveted." -- Grade: B 08/18/2006 p.113-114
New York Times "Entertaining....A pungent period folk tale that teases until the very end." 08/15/2006 p.E8
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]onderfully staged, with Norton on fine form as the weirdly charismatic Eisenheim and Giamatti as the perfect foil." 03/01/2007 p.118,4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] astounding stunts and seductive cinematography....Norton is so hypnotic he could steal your wallet." 08/01/2007 p.137
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Edward Norton brings pensive intensity to the role..." 04/01/2007 p.39
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]eautifully shot, engrossing and well-acted....It's a solid, enjoyable film..." 03/01/2007 p.116
Sight and Sound "[W]hat THE ILLUSIONIST does well is create a compelling atmosphere, abetted by Dick Pope's nicely judged cinematography..." 04/01/2007 p.68
Neil Burger
Edward Norton
Jessica Biel
Paul Giamatti
Cast & Crew
Eleanor Tomlinson - Star
Eddie Marsan - Star
Edward Norton - Star
Jake Wood - Star
Tom Fisher - Star
Rufus Sewell - Star
Aaron Johnson - Star
Jessica Biel - Star
Paul Giamatti - Star
Tom Nunan - Executive Producer
Ted Liebowitz - Executive Producer
Jane Garnett - Executive Producer
Steven Millhauser - Source Writer
Joey Horvitz - Executive Producer
Bob Yari - Producer
Michael London - Producer
Dick Pope - Director of Photography
Philip Glass - Composer
David Levien - Screenwriter
Cathy Schulman - Producer
Brian Koppelman - Screenwriter
Neil Burger - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
UPC 00024543686873
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 2005 minutes
Color Color
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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