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Great show, decent price.

on 3/28/2007

I absolutely loved the movie. I'll have to watch it a few more times, but its a keeper!

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Great Movie

by Abey on 8/28/2011

This is great movie, whit a great cast and performances to back up the reputation. Good suspense movie, I watched it a coupe of times and it was good both the times. This a good blend of mystery and magic, with a good plot. Good price for the movie too. Dont miss this one

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Robert and alfred are rival magicians. When alfred performs the ultimate magic trick, robert tries desperately to find out the secret to the trick.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 203868922
UPC 786936705157
UPC 14 00786936705157
Format DVD
Release Date 12/26/2008
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
London, England
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note British director Christopher Nolan's (BATMAN BEGINS) eclectic resume gains another interesting entry with THE PRESTIGE. The basic plot, which concerns the rivalry between two magicians in early 20th-century London, closely resembles a fellow 2006 movie--Edward Norton's THE ILLUSIONIST--and the two films are sure to be closely compared. In Nolan's film, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale bring the characters of Robert Angier and Alfred Bordon to life. Robert and Alfred were young magician apprentices together, but became bitter rivals as their careers began to shape their adult lives and a terrible accident claimed the life of Robert's wife. In the subsequent years Robert has become wildly jealous of Alfred's superior talents, so in a last ditch attempt to steal some artistic ground he sends his assistant, Olivia (Scarlett Johansson), to infiltrate his rival's lair and steal the secret to a spectacular trick called "The Transported Man."^Nolan's film twists and turns down a number of unexpected avenues as it flits back and forth between numerous time periods, creating a movie that needs to be watched as closely as the tricks his leading characters perform. Bale and Jackman perfectly execute their roles, winding up the tension to an unbearable degree as they willfully enter into some dangerously competitive patterns of behavior. Michael Caine makes his second appearance in a Nolan film, almost reprising his role of Alfred in BATMAN BEGINS by playing Cutter, Jackman's mentor; and Johansson pouts and flounces across the elaborate sets like a classic Hollywood screen siren. Stylistically, THE PRESTIGE is full of dark, gloomy colors and a palpable feeling of menace, which is an impeccable visual match for the viewer's growing unease as the protagonists push each other to increasingly ridiculous lengths. It's not an easy film to digest, but Nolan's movie offers intelligent and challenging fare that will likely reveal further cinematic magic on repeated viewings.
New York Times "[I]ntricate and elaborate....It has a satisfyingly puzzlelike structure, zipping around in time and scattering clues throughout its busy scenes and frames." 10/20/2006 p.E12
Entertainment Weekly "[A]n aggressively devious sleight-of-hand thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, the magic, even at its most clever, is powered by currents -- sometimes literal ones -- of electricity and danger." -- Grade: B 10/27/2006 p.54
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Nolan has crafted a cinematic sleight of hand that's as intriguing as it is dazzling....Like all the best magicians, Nolan shows much but tells very little." 12/01/2006 p.44
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over." 11/02/2006 p.88
Sight and Sound "Lurching from saturnine cockney idealist to domestic tyrant, Bale is especially charismatic." 12/01/2006 p.70
Film Comment "[The characters'] grudge matches foreground the twists and turns of Nolan's customary looped narrative as acts of aggression, asserting the brutal prerogative of the storyteller, always one step ahead." 01/01/2007 p.77
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE PRESTIGE is a clever and complex film that revels in its dark material and slip in enough twists to keep even the most cynical viewers on the edge of their seats." 05/01/2007 p.92
Christopher Nolan
Hugh Jackman
Michael Caine
David Bowie
Christian Bale
Cast & Crew
Andy Serkis - Actor
Christian Bale - Actor
Christopher Ball - Executive Producer
Christopher Nolan - Director
Christopher Nolan - Screenplay
Christopher Priest - Based On Novel By
David Bowie - Actor
David Julyan - Original Music By
Hugh Jackman - Actor
Jonathan Nolan - Screenplay
Jordan Goldberg - Producer
Kevin Kavanaugh - Art Director
Lee Smith - Editor
Michael Caine - Actor
Piper Perabo - Actor
Rebecca Hall - Actor
Scarlett Johansson - Actor
Wally Pfister - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 5065103
UPC 00786936705157
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Watching The Prestige is like observing a magic act where the magician's sleight-of-hand isn't deft enough. The trick almost works, but not quite...With its mechanical twists and turns and lack of heart, the movie often resembles Sleuth in superficial ways, except The Prestige resorts to cheating while Sleuth relied on cunning and guile. As is too often the case with narratives that try to be oblique to the end, the film's climax is strangely predictable...Those hoping to gain insight into how magicians work won't find a lot of help here. The details of a few tricks are revealed, but they're filled with cheats that can be found only in movies or literature.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Review A frequently dazzling display of cinematic sleight-of-hand from writer/director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), The Prestige is an entertaining, handsomely produced period thriller that mostly holds you in its grip, despite an overly convoluted narrative structure that's ultimately more wearying than satisfying. However, this faithful adaptation of Christopher Priest's 1996, prize-winning novel has so much atmospheric style, wit, and dramatic intrigue that you're more than willing to overlook said flaws and surrender to The Prestige, which depicts a festering grudge between two Victorian-era stage magicians that escalates to deadly eminently enjoyable and clever period thriller, graced with charismatic leads (Jackman is particularly impressive), an excellent supporting cast, and bravura filmmaking from Nolan, the cinematic magician of The Prestige.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Jackman,Hugh
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand...
David Ansen, NewsWeek Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer ...confirms Nolan's status as the director whose work I look forward to more than any other.
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide ...dazzling...flawlessly set up.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over.

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