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Day Watch [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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The dizzying supernatural Russian epic started in Night Watch continues with Day Watch, in which once again the battle between the forces of Light (the Night Watch) and Dark (the Day Watch) threatens to crack open the world as we know it. The plot centers around Anton (Russian superstar Konstantin Khabensky), an Other (one of many beings with varied supernatural powers) whose son, Yegor, has joined the Day Watch, who are grooming him to be their superpowerful savior. Anton's protégé, Svetlana, also has high-capacity power, and if Yegor and Svetlana come into conflict, the resulting devastation could shatter everything. The key to success seems to lie with the Chalk of Fate, a simple piece of chalk that can rewrite reality.Day Watch is full of plotholes and underdeveloped story points (at one point, to keep him safe, Anton's consciousness is switched into the body of his Night Watch colleague Olga--but mere moments later the Day Watch knows what's happened, before any suspense could be mined from it; as a result, this promising plot twist seems only to exist to allow for some girl-on-girl action), but it's forgivable. As with the first film, Day Watch bubbles over with its wildly imaginative world, its ravishing style, and its fantastic visual effects. If a Hollywood blockbuster had half as much creativity, it would be praised to the skies and be the hit of the year. Don't let the subtitles put you off (particularly since even the subtitles reflect the movie's wit and imagination)--Day Watch is a cinematic feast that any movie fan should devour. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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If you saw the film in the cinema then be thankful because you've seen the best version of it, if you didn't have the chance to see the film in the cinema then feel free to buy this DVD in ignorance of the quality this film should have been.
The 2-Disc Nightwatch DVD contained not only the original film with the animated subtitles, but also alternate versions of the film without the animated subtitles, dubbing, and a good range of special features. This DVD however, although it still contains the optional dubbing (if you happen to like that), normal subtitles and also a 'making of' featurette, BUT the thing that actually made this film stand out from others and added an extra element to the film which really made a difference to the veiwing by ebglish speaking audiences is NOT INCLUDED. I am of course reffering to the animated subtitles which seemed to be such an integral and enjoyable addition to both Nightwatch and Daywatch alike. As I have said, if you saw this film in the cinema then you will most likely be dissapointed by this DVD, otherwise feel free to buy it since it is still an excellent film. Why the animated subtitles have been removed from a film that relied so heavily upon them I am unable to fathom, but it has crippled what in my opinion should have been one of the best DVD releases this year.
However - the 20th Century Fox 'US' variants are REGION A LOCKED - so won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to 'all regions' (which few are).
Stick to the UK and European releases and you won't get playback problems...
If you have seen nightwatch:
this continues the story on from the end of that film, and ups the stakes somewhat as the light and the dark ones are drawn into conflict. our hero anton is on a quest for the chalk of destiny, an object that can literally rewrite history. but he has a few things to learn on the way..
running for roughly two hours this rounds off the story, and in quite a decent way. the film is well directed and stylish and very clever in the way it depicts it's world, and the cast are all very good, especially the actor who plays the leader of the dark ones, making his character intriguingly ambiguous.
If you liked the first film, you should enjoy this.
but as has been mentioned in other reviews, the dvd is disappointing. the original film had animated subtitles that changed design to match what was happening on screen. but this doesn't have them, just going for ordinary english language ones instead [and greek if you want also] and the only extras are a decent twenty minute long making of documentary [subtitled] and the original russian trailer.
Good film. shame there's not more on the dvd
This was an insult to the wonderfully deep and rich world that Lukyanenko created in his books. In fact it would have been less insulting if, instead of making this film, the director just filmed himself piling up the four books in the series taking a huge dribbly s*** on them! At least it would have been shorter.
Avoid at all costs.
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