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The Prestige [DVD] [2006]

Hugh Jackman , Christian Bale , Christopher Nolan    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Rebecca Hall
  • Directors: Christopher Nolan
  • Producers: Christopher Nolan, Aaron Ryder, Emma Thomas
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7LQS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,709 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Prestige attempts a hat trick by combining a ridiculously good-looking cast, a highly regarded new director, and more than one sleight of hand. Does it pull it off? Sort of. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman play rival magicians who were once friends before an on-stage tragedy drove a wedge between them. While Bale's Alfred Borden is a more skilled illusionist, Jackman's Rufus Angier is the better showman; much of the film's interesting first half is their attempts to sabotage--and simultaneously, top--each other's tricks. Even with the help of a prop inventor (Michael Caine) and a comely assistant (Scarlett Johansson), Angier can't match Borden's ultimate illusion: The Transporting Man. Angier's obsession with learning Borden's trick leads him to an encounter with an eccentric inventor (David Bowie) in a second half that gets bogged down in plot loops and theatrics. Director Christopher Nolan, reuniting with his Batman Begins star Bale, demonstrates the same dark touch that hued that film, but some plot elements--without giving anything away--seem out of place with the rest of the movie. It's better to sit back and let the sometimes-clunky turns steer themselves than try to draw back the black curtain. That said, The Prestige still manages to entertain long after the magician has left the stage--a feat in itself. --Ellen A. Kim

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The Prestige attempts a hat trick by combining a ridiculously good-looking cast, a highly regarded new director, and more than one sleight of hand. Does it pull it off? Sort of. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman play rival magicians who were once friends before an on-stage tragedy drove a wedge between them. While Bales Alfred Borden is a more skilled illusionist, Jackmans Rufus Angier is the better showman; much of the films interesting first half is their attempts to sabotage--and simultaneously, top--each others tricks. Even with the help of a prop inventor (Michael Caine) and a comely assistant (Scarlett Johansson), Angier cant match Bordens ultimate illusion: The Transporting Man. Angiers obsession with learning Bordens trick leads him to an encounter with an eccentric inventor (David Bowie) in a second half that gets bogged down in plot loops and theatrics. Director Christopher Nolan, reuniting with his Batman Begins star Bale, demonstrates the same dark touch that hued that film, but some plot elements--without giving anything away--seem out of place with the rest of the movie. Its better to sit back and let the sometimes-clunky turns steer themselves than try to draw back the black curtain. That said, The Prestige still manages to entertain long after the magician has left the stage--a feat in itself. --Ellen A. Kim

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By John
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful movie. Poignant, tragic, charming, enigmatic; and ideally-suited for a mature, attentive, intellient audience with a love of mystery.

The story follows two 19th century stage magicians in a tale of rivalry, obsession, and love. The film envokes strong feelings, some of these feelings are very hard to define, given the unusual and ambiguous circumstances of the characters; so there are definitely 'new' experiences to be had from watching this film.

There's also a very satisfying 'twist' along the way, which I don't think most people will see coming, and reminds me of an M. Night Shyamalan film in that respect.

The story is told in a non-sequential manner, with lots of "flash-forwards" to the future. This confused me at first, but it soon became obvious that there were three separate timeframes being shown out of sequence, and then once I'd "got" it, I was engrossed in the story. I am already looking forward to watching it again.

One thing is for certain: you will be talking about this film after watching it!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By rca68
Format:DVD
Just to begin, I'd like to dispute the previous reviewer's assertion that Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) is the hero of the piece, and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) the villain. It is not as strightforward as that, and therein lies one of the film's strengths - both characters are extremely well developed (primarily, of course, thanks to Christopher Priest's superb novel) and finely acted by the leading duo, and events conspire to wrestle our sympathies between the two antagonists. Borden does initially appear to be portrayed as the villain, his careless actions causing a helpless Angier's life to crumble around him (he loses a loved one and his reputation). But as the plot progresses, we see Angier become twisted with obssession and revenge, his motives growing ever more suspect and really rather sinister. Borden, on the other hand, is a largely motiveless character (though certainly no less interesting for it), managing not to let his obsessive quest for the ultimate magic trick lead him to immoral behaviour.

Bale and Jackman are both on top form, and the supporting cast is strong (Scarlett Johansson struggles a little, apparently concentrating too hard on her English accent and forgetting to make us care about her character; Michael Caine is, as usual, faultless).

This is Nolan's best film since Memento. It doesn't quite pip his 2000 thriller, but it comes close. A lot of people will see the twist coming, and a few will think it is obvious... but in a way, that's the point. Like a magic trick, you're looking for some higher secret, but you're fooled only by its simplicity. And here's a simple fact: Chris Nolan is Britain's best director, and among the best in the business today.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"The Prestige", based on a novel by Christopher Priest, is a movie that surprised me. I had heard that some people liked it, and that some people hated it, but I didn't expect "The Prestige" to be the kind of film that makes you want to watch it again immediately, just to be certain you didn't miss anything. And that is exactly what happened in this case...

This film, directed by Christopher Nolan, is a drama set in late 19th century London that has some ingredients that can only be described as fantasy. All the same, the spectator won't be able to shake off the feeling that what he is watching is real, due to the excellent way in which the actors, the director and the scriptwriters managed to bring Priest's novel to life.

The title of this movie has to do with one of the three acts of which every outstanding magic trick consists. The first act is "The Pledge", when the magician shows you something seemingly ordinary. The second act is "The Turn", when the thing that seemed ordinary is turned into something extraordinary. The last act is "The Prestige", the act that crowns the magic trick and makes it unique. Magicians live and die for "The Prestige", and that act is somehow at the center of this story.

The main characters in this film are two magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), that due to a tragedy go from friendly rivals to fierce enemies. The quest of each one of them is to best the other, no matter the cost, notwithstanding the means. Who is the best magician, who can really achieve "The Prestige"? And will he live to boast about it?

On the whole, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie, and that I would gladly watch it a third time. Highly recommended...

Belen Alcat
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind twisting masterpiece 28 Nov 2006
Format:DVD
This is a fantastic film and keeps you transfixed for the whole time. at the end you want to go back and see it again to fill in the subtle twists and hints to the puzzle. Acting great, watch it but be prepared to use your brain in working things out. The end gives you the answer but leaves you trying to work it all out!

A must-see film!!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 20 Nov 2006
Format:DVD
this is one of the best films I have ever seen, and certainly the best film of 2006. The acting is exemplary and the story line is superb. Just when you think you've worked out the twist and are sitting smugly waiting to be proved right, the story moves beyond this easy ending to a final twist you'll never see coming unless you've been really watching carefully. There's no surprises it's all in the film but what a punch it packs. If you only see one film see this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 4 days ago by Abigail of Plymouth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good
Published 8 days ago by Mr E Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting film about two competing magicians including David Bowie as Dr Tesla!
Published 15 days ago by Lars Jönlid
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very very good
Published 18 days ago by IAN DORAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately a regular movie to watch
This film is one we have returned to on several occasions to rewatch.
The twists and turns that occur don't get boring and the actors were believable in their roles. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Katefrs
1.0 out of 5 stars Audio problems
The 1 star I have rated this is not for the movie which is 4 stars it's for the audio, there seems to be lip synching issues which seem to come and go throughout the film, spoils... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. A. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Goosebumps!!!
What can I say about this film that's not already been said. Well I honestly think after The Dark Night this is easily Christopher Nolan`s best film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jame3 B
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
My favourite movie, and I just wanted the DVD for myself. Can't really add more than what's probably been said. Just great movie.
Published 1 month ago by Shannon McVey
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical adventures at the turn of the century
A 'classic' Christopher Nolan film. Bale is good, Jackman is good, less showy than usual, with more grit than some of his other performances. Read more
Published 3 months ago by smccran
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
It's a great film, quality, great value for money, quick delivery. Expect unexpected, cos it just keep on coming... :-)
Published 3 months ago by Jo
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