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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean
  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Jon Turteltaub, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug. 2008
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017QMXJW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,656 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 Ben must work against the clock to unravel the clues embedded in the original drafts of two key historical documents - the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence - before his criminal ex-partner Ian Howe (Sean Bean), or the FBI - led by Agent Sadusky (Harvey Keitel)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).

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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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National Treasure is a fun, family orientated action adventure, nothing more, nothing less. All the usual bits are here, the romantic interest, the humourous sidekick, father-son reunion but even with all these common elements movies don't always work. This one does thanks to a fun plot and good chemistry between the actors. Not an intellectual challenge, just a couple of hours of enjoyment. Nothing wrong with that!
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"National Treasure" is probably the first of a string of films set to cash in on the "Da Vinci Code", "Angels and Demons", "Rule of Four" phenomenon that has set the world of paperback fiction alight over the past year or so. Like most of these novels , "National Treasure" popularises some hitherto arcane secret society knowledge and combines this with riddle solving ,treasure hunts and fast paced action sequences.To an extent it works fairly well; the film is entertaining and keeps your attention right to the end ,with the plot a sort of combination of the "Da Vinci Code" and "Rule of Four". However it could have been a lot better ;the cast of the movie were Hollywood "B" team and the choice of incidental music was inappropriate to say the least.While Nic Cage and Sean Bean were entirely convincing in their action set pieces,I thought both of them , especially Bean and his goons, were miscast as quick-thinking, puzzle solving historical scholars. They looked more like heavy-drinking brickies who would collectively struggle at solving the Daily Star crossword. No doubt a really stunning movie will translate the success and style of this paperback genre onto the big screen in the near future; something with the quality of say one of the "Bourne" films perhaps. "National Treasure" falls short of this standard, although it is an appealing enough movie and better than many recent thrillers.
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I am a particular fan on Nicholas Cage, but this film looked like everything that had done before,and i wasnt overly keen to go and see it. I was glad i did however.
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.
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In a sea of movies that bog the viewer down with historical evidence, it's really nice to see a movie that's based on historical groups and events that accepts the fact it's purely fiction. Because of this, National Treasure presents us with an exciting, easy to follow old-school adventure movie with outrageous hidden clues and treasure maps that isn't bound to facts so much that it cannot be original. I would almost go as far as to say that National Treasure is Indiana Jones for the iGeneration. Nicholas Cage does an excellent job of playing the soft spoken hero and is supported by an excellent cast. It was refreshing to see a main character that wasn't all about explosions and dry-cool witted comments.

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.
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Sort of a cross between Indiana Jones and Da Vinci Code hokum. Nick Cage is not bad in his role as treasure hunter set in the USA. Sean Bean does a by the numbers collaborator turned villain. Diane Kruger is beautiful as the government historian making the movie a lot easier to watch for me. It's a nice safe family type adventure, although it is too long for a lot of kids at over 2 hours and there is at least one too many action scenes such as the one in the Hudson river. It seems like they are trying to make a sort of tourist guide to USA history at times.
It's not a bad story and quite well done but that's about all.
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This 2004 production directed by Jon Turteltaub about the rip-roaring adventures of Benjamin Franklin Gates played Nicholas Cage who is the third generation of the Gates family to look for the fabled Knights Templar treasure, the historical community have ridiculed the Gates family for their belief in the treasure existence but by deciphering the clues Benjamin finds along the way looking for it the goal of finding the family prize gets ever closer the quest for the treasure also becomes a race against time to find it before a group of mercenaries do.
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
Seven Featurettes

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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