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Format: DVD
Sku: 203868922
UPC: 786936705157
UPC 14: 00786936705157
Rating: Game Rating Code
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From the Director of Batman Begins and Memento.
Robert and alfred are rival magicians. When alfred performs the ultimate magic trick, robert tries desperately to find out the secret to the trick.

"A visually stunning, startlingly clever sleight of hand...  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Take the movie's first words to heart: watch closely. You'll be well rewarded.  David Ansen, NewsWeek
"...confirms Nolan's status as the director whose work I look forward to more than any other.  Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"...dazzling...flawlessly set up.  Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
"Nolan directs the film exactly like a great trick, so you want to see it again the second it's over.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/26/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 130 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 5065103
Video UPC UPC: 00786936705157
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Prestige - DVD
By: Sean O'Connell DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/13/2007 2:17 AM
That's four swings and four home runs for Christopher Nolan, who remains perfect having helmed an amnesic identity crisis (Memento), an atmospheric Northwestern noir (Insomnia), and the rebirth of a cherished superhero (Batman Begins). If the writer-director answers every nagging question that's raised – and the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that he does – then The Prestige is the wunderkind director's latest in a growing line of the full review
Expert Review The Prestige - DVD
By: Brian Holcomb Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/25/2007 4:54 PM
It's Batman Vs. Wolverine in the latest puzzler from the mind bending director Christopher Nolan (Memento). Christian Bale and Michael Caine from Nolan's Batman Begins join X-man Hugh Jackman for a turn of the century Victorian mystery about a pair of obsessed magicians committed to the destruction of one another. Since this is a Christopher Nolan film, the twisted tale is twisted into the most non-linear shape possible, and leads us unconvincingly from the mystery genre into outright and outrageous the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Andy Serkis
Video Cast Info Christian Bale
Video Cast Info David Bowie
Video Cast Info Hugh Jackman
Video Cast Info Michael Caine
Video Cast Info Piper Perabo
Video Cast Info Rebecca Hall
Video Cast Info Scarlett Johansson
Video Cast Info Christopher Ball - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Director
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Christopher Priest - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info David Julyan - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jonathan Nolan - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jordan Goldberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Kevin Kavanaugh - Art Director
Video Cast Info Lee Smith - Editor
Video Cast Info Wally Pfister - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

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

ReelViews 7 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli 8 of 10
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. - Tim Knight

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jackman,Hugh
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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