National Treasure

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Product Overview

From Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of Pirates of the Caribbean, and Jon Turteltaub, director of Phenomenon, comes National Treasure. It's the thrilling, edge-of-your-seat adventure starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (1995 Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas) as Benjamin Franklin Gates. Ever since he was a boy, Gates has been obsessed with finding the legendary Knights Templar Treasure, the greatest fortune known to man. As Gates tries to find and decipher ancient riddles that will lead him to it, he's dogged by a ruthless enemy (Sean Bean, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) who wants the riches for himself. Now in a race against time, Gates must steal one of America's most sacred and guarded documents -- the Declaration of Independence -- or let it, and a key clue to the mystery, fall into dangerous hands. Heart-pounding chases, close calls, and the FBI turn Gates' quest into a high-stakes crime caper and the most exciting treasure hunt you've ever experienced.

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 205716023
UPC 786936746594
UPC 14 00786936746594
Format DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
FBI Agents
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note American history gets a cool make-over in this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedic action thriller. Nicholas Cage plays Ben Gates, the descendent of an early American patriot who has left him information relating to a vast treasure, hidden during the Revolutionary War by the Freemasons. A clue at the north pole sets things in motion, and Ben must use his formidable cryptography skills to decipher puzzles hidden in the most unlikely places--one appears on the dollar bill, and another is on the back of the U.S. constitution. Ben's unscrupulous former partner (Sean Bean) and his gang of thugs are also after the treasure for selfish, evil purposes. A plot to steal the Constitution sets off a 13-colony-wide chase with all the trimmings: cops going after the wrong man, the rescue of a cute female cryptographer (Diane Kruger) who tags along for the ride, and Jon Voight answering the door in the middle of the night as Ben's disapproving father. High-speed editing and a clever script make this an enjoyable history lesson, with Cage's character masquerading as his own versions of Sherlock Holmes, Indiana Jones, and an over-caffeinated Washington D.C. tour guide. He and Kruger demonstrate some fine romantic chemistry, and Justin Bartha gets off some legitimately funny lines as Ben's long-suffering sidekick. Last but not least, Harvey Keitel makes a very cool FBI chief.
Reviews
Uncut "[G]reat fun....An ingenious, enjoyable romp..." 02/01/2005 p.103
Sight and Sound "[T]he freshest performance comes from relative newcomer Justin Bartha as comic-relief sidekick..." 02/01/2005 p.61-2
Directors
Jon Turteltaub
Actors
Justin Bartha
Nicolas Cage
Diane Kruger
Jon Voight
Cast & Crew
Caleb Deschanel - Cinematographer
Christopher Plummer - Actor
Cormac Wibberley, et. al. - Screenplay
Diane Kruger - Actor
Harvey Keitel - Actor
Jamie Mitchell - Editor
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Jim Kouf, et. al. - Based On Story By
Jon Turteltaub - Director
Jon Turteltaub - Producer
Jon Voight - Actor
Justin Bartha - Actor
Lawrence A. Hubbs - Art Director
Nicolas Cage - Actor
Norris Spencer - Production Designer
Sean Bean - Actor
Stewart Finlay-McLennan - Actor
Trevor Rabin - Original Music By
William Goldenberg - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 5562703
UPC 00786936746594
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Critics will slam "National Treasure" for not being good, but audiences will probably like it for not being bad. It has no ambition, little sense and false sentiment, but it does have velocity, high spirits and scale. It also has Nicolas Cage, either in a toupee or I want to know what he's been rubbing on his head. And it has Diane Kruger, looking a lot more like Helen of Troy here than in "Troy"...In short, it's a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, and the fact that just saying that means something ... well, that means something. Like the moguls of old, Bruckheimer ("Con Air," "The Rock") is a producer with a signature style, one characterized mainly by the assumption that the audience is very, very impatient. So things keep happening, even if they shouldn't happen, each moment topping the next...To Turteltaub's credit, there are other touches, nice ones, that also seem directorial. In particular, Bean, as the villain, is portrayed as a friendly fellow -- not as a classic smiling villain, but rather as someone of spontaneously warm temperament...As for Cage, this is his fourth film with Bruckheimer, and he's beginning to look comfortable in this sort of movie. A little too comfortable.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review National Treasure, Jerry Bruckheimer's latest bid to woo the family audience, has much going for it: a nifty premise, a likable, idiosyncratic hero in Nicolas Cage, and some decently staged action sequences that keep the violence to a kid-friendly minimum. Yet, somehow, these elements don't cohere into a thrilling, edge-of-your seat adventure. Directed competently by Jon Turtletaub (Phenomenon)--a director not exactly known for his bravura command of the medium--National Treasure is an enjoyable enough popcorn flick that never sweeps you up into its exposition-heavy narrative. Despite appealing turns by Cage and co-star Justin Bartha, it lacks the vivid characters, dramatic tension, and buoyant wit of Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark trilogy...Only once, in a sequence set in a vast, subterranean chamber, does director Jon Turteltaub show any sort of flair for putting together large-scale action set pieces. Otherwise, he fails to make National Treasure anything more than a serviceably entertaining but ultimately forgettable bit of escapism; it's no treasure.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
Features
Special Edition, DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Cage,Nicolas
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune ...alluringly over-the-top without being overcooked.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer ...whirls by in a satisfying torrent of chases, escapes and discoveries.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun A wholesome, headlong extravaganza...
Scott Foundas, Variety ...combine[s] the suspense of old Saturday morning serials with the gusto of producer Jerry Bruckheimer's action pics.
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post ...the best thing about National Treasure is how clever it is.
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