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Mini Movie Review: The Prestige

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The Plot Turn of the century magicians take rivalry and revenge a bit too far.

Stars Hugh Jackman; Christian Bale; Michael Caine; Scarlett Johansson. David Bowie was in it and I didn’t even notice it was him!

Mini Review I hadn’t heard of this film, buying it for its highly thought-of Blu-ray transfer, but I am glad I did. I was a little confused at the beginning, not being able to get straight which magician was which (maybe a little less wine next time) but the story unfolds steadily building up to a classic twist ending. If you liked Memento, you’ll love this one too. Indeed, about 30 minutes after the movie was over I had a couple of “of course” moments as I realised the significance of things I had overlooked. Scarlett Johansson provides ample eye candy, Michael “my name is Michael Caine” is always perfect as the refined English gent, and the two stars do a great job as the scheming illusionists.

Picture This is the fourth Blu-ray movie I’ve watched. I’m not watching on 1080p, only lowly 720p, so am maybe missing out but the picture was crystal clear and some of the vistas in Italy were outstanding, as was the cinematography when in London. I read that this is one of the best high-def pictures out there and I have no problem believing it.

Audio I made a mistake and did not choose the uncompressed 5.1 PCM soundtrack, but the regular Dolby Digital 5.1 was fine. Its not a movie with amazing sound effects, rather the soundtrack is unobtrusive. At times we could not understand some spoken conversations but this happens with other movies when the sound is only from the front centre speaker.

Rating A definite 5 out of 5.

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April 10th, 2007 at 7:59 am

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