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The International [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Naomi Watts , Clive Owen , Frank Griebe    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen, Remy Auberjonois, Patrick Baladi
  • Directors: Frank Griebe
  • Producers: Tom Tykwer, Lloyd Phillips, Charles Roven
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001XUR1EO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The International is actually two movies in one: A highbrow thriller about a sprawling bank that resorts to murder and arms sales to retain its power, and a sleek visual essay on how architecture and interior design shapes your perceptions. Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen, still not quite a star despite Inside Man and Children of Men) has been on the brink of conclusive evidence against the villainous international bank, but his sources always end up dead. With the aid of a Manhattan district attorney (Naomi Watts in a woefully underwritten part), he stumbles on the trail of the bank's favorite hit man, who might provide the (literally) smoking gun Louis needs. The International starts out smooth and silky, with visual style to burn and Owen's intense fervor. The plot gradually bogs down in incoherent moralising, but along the way there are some taut sequences, including a bloody shootout in the Guggenheim Museum where alliances shift unexpectedly. But what makes The International worth seeing is director Tom Tykwer's astute eye for public space: Chic postmodern buildings, broad Italian plazas, Turkish rooftops like mountain paths--Tykwer orchestrates actors through these architectural shapes, his hypnotic visual sense creating far more tension and excitement than the plot. Also featuring Armin Mueller-Stahl (Eastern Promises) and Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) as malevolent Europeans. --Bret Fetzer

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Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star in this action thriller set in the world of high finance. When obsessive Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Owen) joins forces with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Watts) to target corruption and international arms dealing within one of the world's most powerful banking institutions, the pair soon find themselves caught in a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the globe.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls a little short 7 Jun 2010
This review is for the Blu-ray.

This was a stylish film, with some remarkable cinematography. It toured some very prominent, spectacular buildings and certainly did them proud. At the same time it did bluray proud. HD lends itself perfectly to wide outdoor shots, big canvasses and dramatic vistas. So Picture Quality was very good, with very good colours, good lighting and a great deal of impressive street scenes- never mind the shoot-out at The Guggenheim.

Sound was also very good with a Dolby TrueHD track that gave some impressive effects and if anything it surpassed the excellent picture.

So why only 3 stars? Well the story and interpretation just don't make it. Clive Owen was good, but some of the lesser characters were very two-dimensional. The plot also left too many loose ends that were never resolved, and it didn't end so much as fizzle out. It filled a Saturday evening, and I have no regrets in buying it.

It's worth watching out for the other version though. At the time of writing the price is almost identical, and the other version is a triple play pack, with a DVD copy and a digital copy included in addition to the Blu-ray.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"The International" opens with a close-up of Clive Owen's bedraggled and unshaven face staring intently on a dodgy transaction that's taking place in a car park in the pouring rain across the street from him. As it cuts to his British colleague in a German car (played by an excellent Ian Burfield) negotiating the release of dangerous information from a nervous businessman in the driver's seat, you are immediately aware of a number of things - the stunning picture quality, the clever story and the cool cast. "The International" is beautiful to look at on BLU RAY and it's what you'd expect from a film like this - a well-paced espionage Bourne-like thriller that's both entertaining and striving to say something (though not always achieving either).

Roughly based on true events that rocked the banking system in the 80s and 90s, "The International" has been given a contemporary upgrade by Director TOM TYKWER and Writer ERIC SINGER - and in light of the avalanche of less-than-honest activities surrounding the recent global meltdown, it doesn't look the least bit out of place. In fact "The International" looks like it's arrived just in time - and with a really good point to make. Is it really the terrorists we need to be scared of - or the shady filth in suits that finance them? And what are their ultimate motives?

Clive Owen and Naomi Watts play Louis Salinger and Eleanor Whitman, two investigators from either side of the pond with a similar burning goal - for years they've been trying to expose a European bank they believe to be the number one choice for 90% of the world's dirty money. Toppling governments, controlling populations - it's a cesspool of hurt for ordinary people everywhere - and has clients said to include 'everyone' from Hezbollah to the CIA.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylishly shot action thriller 26 Oct 2009
By Mr. Blu
This is a film full of great cinematography and breathtaking, super-sharp HD shots, accompanied by a compelling HD soundtrack. Tom Tykwer, the German director best known for his film version of Süsskind's "Das Parfum", often seems to have more of an eye for the architecture than for his actors, but both are usually impressive. Clive Owen originally did not convince me in this kind of role, but he is getting steadily more believable. He is of course dwarfed by the acting talents of Armin Müller-Stahl, who recently also starred in the filming of Thomas Mann's "Buddenbrooks", but that's seniority for you.

The plot is not particularly complex but quite refreshing; it tackles finance with almost as much invention and sophistication as "Syriana" tackles the oil-business. In trying to be a cut above the average thriller, there are scenes where they self-consciously try to work-up the dialogue and hover around pseudo-philosophical areas. This works at some times better than others. Clive Owen occasionally stumbles on duff dialogue such as the "I'm the one you burn" metaphor about crossing and burning bridges. I didn't really find the plot twist concerning a certain character's change of heart that convincing either.

Nevertheless this is a fast-paced film that easily fills 2 hours with events rather than trundling along. It is a joy to look at and to listen to on Blu-Ray, and has enough imagination to keep you gripped throughout. Not the world's best ending ever, but better than an unrealistic one, I suppose. Solid four stars. I took one star off for the occasionally queasy dialogue when the film tries to wax philosophical and falls well short of the depth it seems to be aiming at.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top class 26 Dec 2013
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Great locations great cast the best movie I have seen this year.Clive Owens best movie I think fast paced great acting from a top notch cast recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad 1 Nov 2013
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not a bad film which . well worth a watching if you can get it cheap enough second hand or ex rental
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4.0 out of 5 stars great film but boxart misleads 9 April 2013
By Tven
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Luckily I watched this film at the cinema before I purchased the dvd so I knew what to expect. Beautiful filmed and Clive Owen is on good form. The box shows the only real gun scene so unknown viewers may not realise this film's political thriller type character. Recommended nonetheless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant action movie !
This film was suprisingly good, with a believable story and good action scenes. The acting was also top drawer - Go for it !
Published 9 months ago by J. Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars overlooked great movie
This is a really good movie with lots of action and good plot. Very topical too as lots of news about big banks always abiout. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Flicky Ricky
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a good thriller with some very good action scenes . The sound and image on this blu-ray is also very nice .
Published 13 months ago by HDM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of action/thriller
I'm possibly be a little over generous with the 4 star rating but 3 seems too low for this movie.
Clive Owen is dependable as ever as suits the role well the scruffy look... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr Baz
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty Of Action
I enjoyed this film , plenty of action, and the set pieces where well chosen. Clive Owen looks absolutly knackered and Naomi Watts is worn out with all the stress, unlike their 007... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. J. A. Bentley
1.0 out of 5 stars What an awful film
I bought this on recommendation from a friend and I must say I question he's taste as this is one really awful over ratted film,it's slow to get into and boring and has Clive Owen... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karl Grosvenor
5.0 out of 5 stars the international dvd
loved this movie, we saw it as soon as it came out - we love clive owen ! and it was less than 2!!
Published 17 months ago by Mrs T
5.0 out of 5 stars The international film
Great film to watch especially is your a fan of the Bourne series. For the price you cannot go wrong. Definately worth a watch.
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, intelligent thriller
I applaud the writer, director, producers and actors who brought "The International" to the screen. It's my favorite in a decade. Read more
Published 22 months ago by S. A. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
It was an intelligent subject dealt with in an adult manner. The cinematography and the music were great; if it had had a Bourne budget it might have been better received. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Grant MacNeill
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