V For Vendetta (Blu-ray)

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on 4/25/2012

This is a classic film, deserving of all the accolades and none of its critiques. Yes, it thinly criticizes the existing fascist state in America and in effect tells us, "See what you're headed for." But it gives us hope that a few brave people can shake the sheep out of their bleating complacency and actually stop letting manufactured false fear be their true dictator. This is a stylish movie with memorable performances and visual imagery, coupled with cracking dialogue and resonating with verve and energy Read More

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Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain V For Vendetta tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as V. Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about V s mysterious background she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.Special Features: In-Movie Experience ? Director?s Notebook: Re-imagining a Cult Classic for the 21st CenturyBehind the Story ? Designing the Near Future ? Remember Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot ? Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta ? England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in ComicsAdditional Footage ? Cat Power Montage (Music Video) ? Saturday Night Live Digital Short - Natalie Portman SNLTrailers ? Theatrical Trailer (Trailer #2) ? Soundtrack Album Information. Format: BLU-RAY DISC. Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE. Rating: R. Age: 085391117018. UPC: 085391117018. Manufacturer No: 111701


Studio Warner
SKU 207876191
UPC 085391117018
UPC 14 00085391117018
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/29/2013
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Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note V FOR VENDETTA: From DC comics and the Wachowski Brothers (THE MATRIX) comes this tale of revolution in an England of the future, one gone fearful and fascist; anyone different, from homosexuals to free thinking artists, is "black bagged" and subjected to torture and inhumane medical experiments. Hugo Weaving stars as V, the mysterious knife-carrying masked avenger who has lightning reflexes, lots of explosives, and intentions to blow up Parliament. He's also on a vendetta against the evil powermongers who made him the lonely monster he is. Natalie Portman is the innocent waif who saves him and winds up hiding out in his nifty secret lair, which is filled with forbidden books, art, and a jukebox that plays Cat Power and Julie London's "Cry Me a River." Meanwhile, there's a hangdog police inspector (Stephen Rea) picking up their trail, and a plethora of evil British government types regularly bullied into action by the intensely odious "Grand Chancellor" (John Hurt). Director James McTiegue keeps all these events unfolding at a hypnotically rhythmic pace, like the burning of a long, unstoppable fuse. Some may balk at the film's seemingly pro-explosive, pro-terrorist stance, but to look deeper is to realize the film merely provides a funhouse mirror of our actual messed-up world, something that is true of all the best science fiction. V certainly fits that category, especially with Natalie Portman in the lead, as lovely and riveting an actress as a beleaguered nation could ever hope for.
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The explosive V FOR VENDETTA is powered by ideas that are not computer-generated. It's something rare in Teflon Hollywood: a movie that sticks with you." 03/23/2006 p.74-75
Uncut "[M]any of Moore's concerns remain intact....It shares the stylistic panache of the MATRIX movies..." 04/01/2006 p.133
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment." 04/01/2006 p.32
Sight and Sound "As the revolutionary V, Weaving is mostly marvelous..." 05/01/2006 p.81-82
USA Today "This dark and stylized movie is visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing. Set in a slightly futuristic world, V FOR VENDETTA is an action thriller that also stimulates thought." 03/17/2006 p.4E
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he best adaptation of an Alan Moore graphic novel yet to hit the screen..." 08/01/2006 p.96
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "A bravura action romp with all the flair you might expect from a film produced by Matrix creators the Wachowski brothers....Excellent." 08/01/2006 p.85
Entertainment Weekly "[T]his grandiose popcorn movie is slathered with ideas, theories, and intricate proclamations about he nature of freedom, government, and individual will..." -- Grade: B 08/04/2006 p.53
James McTeigue
Stephen Rea
Hugo Weaving
Natalie Portman
John Hurt
Cast & Crew
Adrian Biddle - Cinematographer
Alan Moore - Based On Graphic Novel By
Andy Wachowski - Screenplay
Ben Waisbren - Executive Producer
Dario Marianelli - Original Music By
Hugo Weaving - Actor
James McTeigue - Director
Joel Silver - Producer
John Hurt - Actor
Larry Wachowski - Screenplay
Marco Bittner Rosser, et. al. - Art Director
Martin Walsh - Editor
Natalie Portman - Actor
Natasha Wightman - Actor
Owen Paterson - Production Designer
Roger Allam - Actor
Rupert Graves - Actor
Stephen Fry - Actor
Stephen Rea - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 1000021612
UPC 00085391117018
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review V for Vendetta represents 2006's first memorable motion picture - a visually sumptuous concoction that combines political allegory, bloody action, and a few stunning cinematic moments into a solid piece of entertainment. While it's true that the film at times overreaches and its connection to its graphic novel inspiration is tenuous, V for Vendetta mostly succeeds playing in the same sci-fi thriller arena as Aeon Flux and Ultraviolet. First-time director James McTeigue is relentless when it comes to pacing, rarely letting things flag...V for Vendetta plunders a variety of pop culture sources. Some of the references are from the graphic novel; others are unique to the movie. Without overthinking or digging too deep, viewers will be able to identify parallels with 1984, The Matrix, The Phantom of the Opera, Zorro, and even Star Wars. V for Vendetta can be seen as a political allegory, but it's not as blatant a comment on current events as some reviewers might claim. Still, if you want to go down that road, the associations are there to explore. For those who would prefer to simply enjoy this textured, futuristic tale of love, loss, and mayhem, V for Vendetta satisfies for the entirety of its two-plus hour run.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "V for Vendetta" has been written and co-produced by the Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry, whose "Matrix" movies also were about rebels holding out against a planetary system of control. This movie is more literary and less dominated by special effects (although there are plenty), and is filled with ideas that are all the more intriguing because we can't pin down the message...The character of V and his relationship with Evey (Natalie Portman) inescapably reminds us of the Phantom of the Opera. V and the Phantom are both masked, move through subterranean spaces, control others through the leverage of their imaginations and have a score to settle. One difference, and it is an important one, is that V's facial disguise does not move (unlike, say, the faces of a Batman villain) but is a mask that always has the same smiling expression...With most action thrillers based on graphic novels, we simply watch the sound and light show. "V for Vendetta," directed by James McTeigue, almost always has something going on that is actually interesting, inviting us to decode the character and plot and apply the message where we will. There are times when you think the soundtrack should be supplying "Anarchy in the UK" by the Sex Pistols. The movie ends with a violent act that left me, as a lover of London, intensely unhappy; surely V's enemy is human, not architectural.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
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Glenn Kenny, Premiere A compelling, rousing and at times strangely moving entertainment.
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter Entertaining and solidly crafted.
Michael Wolff, Vanity Fair Spectacular and exhilarating.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Truly an outstanding movie. The acting was phenomenal, the screenplay was brilliant, and the concept was executed perfectly.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle Richly satisfying entertainment the way movies are at their best, when they prod you to think.
Sight and Sound As the revolutionary V, Weaving is mostly marvelous...
USA Today ...visually exhilarating, provocative and disturbing...an action thriller that also stimulates thought.

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