National Treasure (2 Disc Steelbook Collector's Edition) [DVD]
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Directed by Jon Turteltaub and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, this rollercoaster action adventure stars Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, an archaeologist from the seventh generation of a family of treasure-seekers who have all shared the same quest: to discover the whereabouts of an old war chest full of gold hidden by the founding fathers in the last days of the Revolutionary War. Ben must work against the clock to unravel the clues embedded in the original drafts of two key historical documents - the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence - before his criminal ex-partner Ian Howe (Sean Bean), or the FBI - led by Agent Sadusky (Harvey Keitel) - get their mitts on the loot. Helping him in his quest is beautiful archivist Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger).
Like a Hardy Boys mystery on steroids, National Treasure offers popcorn thrills and enough boyish charm to overcome its rampant silliness. Although it was roundly criticized as a poor man's rip-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Da Vinci Code, it's entertaining on its own ludicrous terms, and Nicolas Cage proves once again that one actor's infectious enthusiasm can compensate for a multitude of movie sins. The contrived plot involves Cage's present-day quest for the ancient treasure of the Knights Templar, kept secret through the ages by Freemasons past and present. Finding the treasure requires the theft of the Declaration of Independence (there are crucial treasure clues on the back, of course!), so you can add "caper comedy" to this Jerry Bruckheimer production's multi-genre appeal. Nobody will ever accuse director Jon Turtletaub of artistic ambition, but you've got to admit he serves up an enjoyable dose of PG-rated entertainment, full of musty clues, skeletons, deep tunnels and harmless adventure in the old-school tradition. It's a load of hokum, but it's fun hokum, and that makes all the difference. --Jeff Shannon
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A lot of the descriptions of this film focus on the kidnapping of the Declaration of Independance, this is a major part of the plot, but not the only part. After discovering the first clue, the group that all went together, decide to split, as Benjamin Gates (Cage) decides he cannot steal the Declaration of Independance, then realises the only way to save it, is by stealing it first.
From the race to steal this document, you then follow the two groups, racing against each other, working out the clues, and trying to beat each other to the next one. There is barely time for breath, as each team moves on to the next place.
It is very interesting to watch how they work out the clues from money, and other seemingly insignificant items,that will have you looking at things differently in future!!
Not only is Benjamin Gates battling against the other team (a very good Sean Bean leading it) he is battling against his family,who think that the treasure he is searching for doesnt exist.
I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed film, and the ending is a great climax. There are comic moments with Benjamin Gates two comrades, making this an all round enjoyable film.
Children will enjoy it, although may not entirely understand it. A great buy.
I sat down and enjoyed this movie from start to finish. This is a great family-friendly adventure movie (though there are a couple of moments that might be scary to small children) that is refreshingly light-hearted to the degree it can accept that a fiction movie is supposed to entertain. Recommend.
It's not a bad story and quite well done but that's about all.
This Region free 50GB disc is encoded using the MPEG-4 AC codec in full 1080p resolution with audio tracks in English Dolby True HD 5.1 (48 kHz 16 bit) along with French, Italian and Spanish DTS 5.1 there are also Dolby Digital 5.1 in the same, the subtitles that on are offer are as follows: - English for the Hard of Hearing, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish.
The Bonus features contained on this disc are:-
Blu-ray only feature Mission History “The Declaration of Independence”
Audio commentary with Director Jon Turteltaub and Actor Justin Bartha
From the DVD version
Alternative ending with optional director commentary
Deleted Scenes with optional commentary
Comparing the Blu-ray against the DVD the image is blurry on the DVD, the Blu-ray is a sharp and clear image with a greater and bigger amount of colours and the edges of the image is clearer and the actors have a natural skin tone and the shadows are more defined with deeper blacks and greys.
This is a great piece of family entertainment and a worthy addition to a Blu-Ray library with its superb transfer which delivers a sharp image along with an excellent soundtrack which has enough punch and kick for any surround sound set-up.
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I love national Treasure - Adventure and comedy all in one. Great buy and I don't think you will see this movie for such a fantastic price! :) Highly Recommended!Published 6 months ago by lola345