The Prestige (Blu-ray)

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Description

Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Christian Bale.

Product Details

Barcode
7321900140874
Department
Movies & TV
Released
2 Jul 2007
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Science Fiction
Sub-genre
Adventure
Region
Region B
Language
English
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
128 min
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Prestige
Release Year
2006
Running Time
128 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Based On A Novel / London, England / Magic / Science Fiction / Theatrical Release / Thriller
US Box Office
$53.1 million
Official Website
http://touchstone.movies.go.com/index.html?dlink=prestige
Ratings
IMDb
8.5
Rotten Tomatoes®
76% 92%
Metacritic
66
Synopsis
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.
Notes
Theatrical Release: October 20, 2006
Poster
Poster for Prestige
Cast & Crew
Director
Christopher Nolan
Star
Michael Caine / Christian Bale / David Bowie / Daniel Davis / Jamie Harris / Hugh Jackman / Scarlett Johansson / Christopher Neame / Piper Perabo / Jim Piddock / Roger Rees / Andy Serkis
Source Writer
Jonathan Nolan / Author: Jonathan Nolan / Christopher Priest / Author: Christopher Priest
Producer
Aaron Ryder / Emma Thomas
Director of Photography
Wally Pfister
Music
David Julyan
Movie Critics
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+
Owen Gleiberman (27 Oct 2006, p.54)
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."
Film Comment Staff (1 Jan 2007, p.77)
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."
A. O. Scott (20 Oct 2006, p.E12)
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."
Peter Travers (2 Nov 2006, p.88)
Sight and Sound
"Lurching from saturnine cockney idealist to domestic tyrant, Bale is especially charismatic."
Graham Fuller (1 Dec 2006, p.70)
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."
Robert James (1 Dec 2006, p.44)
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."
Natalie Braine (1 May 2007, p.92)

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