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The Ninth Gate [Blu-Ray] [1999] [Import] [Region A]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027VTMAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,474 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Corso (Depp) is a rather dubious rare book finder, whose services are engaged by the owner of one of Europe's largest collection of demonic texts. The prize of his collection is a 16th century tome entitled The Nine Gates, a book containing nine etchings that supposedly hold the key to summoning Satan himself. Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is highly skilled at his work, a position which requires dexterity, cultural expertise, nerves of steel...and few scruples. Known for locating rare books for wealthy collectors, Corso is hired by eminent book-lover and scholar of demonology, Boris Balkan (Frak Langella). Corso's mission: to find the last two volumes of the legendary manual of satanic invocation The Nine Gates of the Shadow Kingdom, compare them with Balkan's first volume, supposedly the only one of its kind, and ascertain the authenticity of the series.

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Format: DVD
I have never written a review before and doubt I will again, but there is so much misunderstanding about this masterpiece that I feel compelled to add my praise and insights.
This is the only film I have ever seen that rivals the complexity of a classic novel.
When first I saw it I was, like most people, rather confused - especially by the ending. It seemed a terrible anticlimax. However my respect for both Depp's choice of script and Polanski as a great film maker left me uneasy in my disappointment; I felt it was far more likely that it was my interpretation and understanding rather than their portrayal that was found wanting. I also had a gnawing sense of having missed something subtle but vitally important. I mulled over the film for a couple of days and slowly started to understand. I then went back and watched it again; the second viewing seemed to confirm my gradual revelation. I watched it again, pad and pen in hand taking notes, much as I did working through the various texts of my University literature days. It became clear.

The end is not vague, it is not an anti-climax at all; it is in fact a great achievement. Rarely in the best literature one encounters a sudden twist or change or revelation that forces one to reinterpret everything in the novel to that point; this is the best example of this that I have seen on film.

Not to give it away, but the film seems to portray a pursuit to obtain knowledge of the occult steps that lead to passage through the Ninth Gate and the immortality which that entails. When Depp's character finally acquires this knowledge, we expect to watch him fulfil the steps one by one until this passage to immortality is achieved. But in an apparent and disjointed anticlimax Depp is suddenly shown passing through the Ninth Gate.
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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
The Ninth Gate seems to generate differences of view depending on whether or not you read the underlying novel. I enjoyed both but I would recommend any readers about to become watchers to regard this as a different story from the novel. The film is a strange mixture of fantasy, horror and a thriller. It has a core puzzle to crack (and it's a good one) and lots of good actors acting their socks off. To me its main appeal comes from the anti-hero played by Johnny Depp and the steady pace which Polanski achieves. In each country the story visits it seems to get the local culture just right.

Frank Langella's voice is, once again, dipped in dark chocolate.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
THIS IS A VERY GOOD MOVIE, GREAT LOCATIONS ,ACTING,AND TERRIFIC COLOR OF THE FILM. THIS DVD SHOULD BE IN EVERY DVD COLLECTORS STOCK. I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU MUCH ABOUT THIS MOVIE, IT WILL KEEP YOU IN SUSPENCE, IT DOES HAVE A GREAT PLOT TO IT. JOHNNY DEPP & EMMANUELLE SEIGNER (ROMAN POLANSKI'S WIFE ) DID A TOP NOTCH JOB. THE MOVIE IS ABOUT A BOOK " THE NINTH GATE ", HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH HOW TO GET INTO FIND A WAY TO GET IN HELL. THE DEVIL HAS GIVEN A WRITER INFORMATION, AND THE WRITER PUTS IT IN A BOOK ( THERE ARE CLAIMS TO BE AT LEAST 3 BOOKS STILL AROUND ). BUY THIS DVD, YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY.
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Format: DVD
Some films are the victims of audience expectations, and that's certainly true of The Ninth Gate, which saw Roman Polanski apparently return to the horror genre but with very different results and tone to Rosemary's Baby in a film that left horror fans and admirers of its source novel alike feeling shortchanged. Based on Arturo Peréz-Reverte's The Dumas Club, but throwing out its parallel story revolving around a lost chapter from The Three Musketeers that many found the book's most interesting part as well as dropping the literary allusions in general and parallels to Dumas' novel in particular, it revolves around amoral rare book dealer Johnny Depp's ill-fated attempts to authenticate a rare book for ruthless billionaire publisher Frank Langella. It seems that The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows was co-written by the Devil himself, and Langella wants to meet the author, something the book's nine engravings give instructions for - but only if interpreted in the right way and only if the book, one of only three remaining copies to survive the bonfires of Inquisition, is not a forgery. Naturally Depp's attempts to compare and decipher the volumes leave a mounting trail of dead bodies in his wake and put his life and immortal soul (if he has one) in danger as he finds himself shadowed by fatale femmes Emmanuelle Seigner's 'guardian angel,' who demonstrates her supernatural credentials with a couple of bits of wire work that seem to have crept in from another picture, and Lena Olin's devilish millionairess.

But rather than playing it all as a po-faced horror movie, Polanski chooses a more slyly mischievous and playful tone, its Satanic double-dealings more the stuff of black comedy than a black mass.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is a realy entertaining, classy and quietly disturbing movie with excellent, unpredictable and theatricaly eccentric performances which also have depth and imagination. Superbly scripted, lit, framed and shot, this is one of Polanski's best having both emotional punch and quirky humour in a fine balance. Johnny Depp leads an excellent cast which also includes Frank Langella (restrained, chillingly enigmatic and superb). I found the film totally gripping and somewhat hypnotic (even the music soundtrack has a mesmeric quality). On Blu-Ray this film has a depth of field and detail that elevates the enjoyment and involvement.
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