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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 215402760
UPC: 024543686873
UPC 14: 00024543686873
Category Keywords: 20th Century  Fantasy  Magic  Romance  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/6/2015
Video Play Time Running Time: 2005 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video UPC UPC: 00024543686873
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Illusionist (2006) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: El Bicho Reviews
Published on: 7/9/2010 2:49 AM
The Illusionist is a very engaging film as it unfolds, but as time is spent away reflecting upon the story, it doesn't hold up once the trick has been revealed, like most illusions. Set in 19th century Vienna, Austria, Eisenheim the Illusionist (Edward Norton) is arrested by Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) during a performance, where he appears to be conjuring ghosts, for threats against the Empire and disturbing public order. The crowd is the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Eleanor Tomlinson
Video Cast Info Eddie Marsan
Video Cast Info Edward Norton
Video Cast Info Jake Wood
Video Cast Info Tom Fisher
Video Cast Info Rufus Sewell
Video Cast Info Aaron Johnson
Video Cast Info Jessica Biel
Video Cast Info Paul Giamatti
Video Cast Info Tom Nunan - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ted Liebowitz - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jane Garnett - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Millhauser - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Joey Horvitz - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Bob Yari - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael London - Producer
Video Cast Info Dick Pope - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Philip Glass - Composer
Video Cast Info David Levien - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Cathy Schulman - Producer
Video Cast Info Brian Koppelman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Neil Burger - Director

Professional Reviews

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

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

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

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

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