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Night Watch [DVD] [2004]

Konstantin Khabenskiy , Vladimir Menshov , Timur Bekmambetov    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Valeri Zolotukhin, Mariya Poroshina, Galina Tyunina
  • Directors: Timur Bekmambetov
  • Producers: Konstantin Ernst, Anatoli Maksimov
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FTWU4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Night Watch is that rare film that--like The Matrix--is not only visually dazzling but creates an intriguing, seductive, and thrilling alternative world. A young man named Anton, after dabbling in black magic to bring back the wife who left him, discovers that the world is populated by fantastical Others (vampires, shape-shifters, witches, and more) who have chosen sides--Light or Dark--in an epic battle. A truce has been declared; both sides watch the other to ensure the truce is maintained. But a prophecy has predicted that a powerful Other will tilt the balance, and Anton--who is himself an Other--finds himself crucial to the prophecy's fulfillment. There's no question that Night Watch has weaknesses. Numerous plot holes get glossed over by pell-mell pacing, the visual conception of the apocalyptic battle between Light and Dark is curiously pedestrian (a bunch of knights fighting a bunch of guys in fur with swords--what happened to their various powers?), and more--but, much like similar problems with The Matrix, it doesn't matter.

The alternative world Night Watch presents is so rich with possibilities that it takes on a life of its own, both as an imaginative universe and as a vivid metaphor for the moral complexities of our own lives--for example, though the forces of Light claim to be good, their often brutal actions call their virtue into question, and the forces of Dark make some compelling moral arguments on the topic. The movie is so overstuffed with ideas that many don't get fleshed out, but that only contributes to the sense of vitality and unexplored dimensions. Even the subtitles are used creatively. The impending sequels (this is the first film of a trilogy) may--like The Matrix--take all the stimulating possibilities Night Watch raises and drag them into the toilet, but for the moment, this is the sort of electric excitement that blockbuster movies promise but so rarely deliver. --Bret Fetzer

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Fantasy thriller set in Moscow. Among normal humans live the 'Others' possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a 'Night Watch' of light forces, among them Anton (Konstantin Khabensky), try to control them and limit their outrage.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the original subtitles 7 Aug 2007
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Just to let people know - this dvd is not the film with the original integrated subtitles. That was a really important part of the film for me, so watching it in Russian with 'English for the hard of hearing' subtitles isn't really the viewing experience I was after!
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...this film is amazing, but take watch out for this version, which removes one of the most interesting and attention-arresting elements of the English-language release: the animated subtitles. True Night Watch fans, avoid this copy!
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And after that it went all over the place. A number of reviewers stand correct on this film regarding its ups and downs base on the production. There are a number of movies you can describe this to. To me personally it was a blend of `The Matrix,' a dash of `Constantine,' with a hint of `Under World,' place it the oven you get `Night Watch' done in one hour and fifty four minutes.

It's hard to believe that this film was only done with $4 million, that's like pocket change compare to other production cost out there. To explain "Night Watch' in its entirety would be pointless, only raising more question than answers. Then afterwards you would be looking at this review like I'm crazy.

Unfortunately, the director is clearly a veteran of music videos, and he makes the action sequences hyper kinetic and often incoherent. When he does manage to create an alluring visual, he quick-cuts, and you wish he would've had the patience to hold some of the shots longer. This hectic visual style is evident in the plotting as well, which clearly is setting up for sequels with the introduction of many characters, though some of the subplots (especially involving the cursed virgin woman and her evil vortex) seemed unnecessary. Likewise, the rushed finale seemed oddly anti-climatic and didn't pack the wallop I feel the filmmakers intended.

I'd never shook my head so much with a questionable look on my face on a film for quite some time. I also felt that they could have done a way better job towards the ending. Bekamambetov hasn't confused me too much for me to abandon his epic, but I'll probably have a better understanding when the rest comes out, if I do choose to watch it. If you're curious about this film and into Horror/Action/ Fantasy, then by all means give it a try.
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