The Illusionist (Widescreen)

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Edward Norton & Jessica Biel Director: Neil Burger  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: "Jessica Biel on THE ILLUSIONIST"
    • Behind the Scenes: Making Of
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 08/24/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "Edward Norton is at his best here, chalking up another boundary-stretching performance..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/18/2006
"[R]igorously styled?.Every one of Norton's postures feels chosen. Yet the interesting actor has chosen so thoughtfully that we're riveted." -- Grade: B+
New York Times - 08/15/2006
"Entertaining....A pungent period folk tale that teases until the very end."
Uncut - 03/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]onderfully staged, with Norton on fine form as the weirdly charismatic Eisenheim and Giamatti as the perfect foil."
Total Film - 04/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "Edward Norton brings pensive intensity to the role..."
Ultimate DVD - 03/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "[B]eautifully shot, engrossing and well-acted....It's a solid, enjoyable film..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2007
"[W]hat THE ILLUSIONIST does well is create a compelling atmosphere, abetted by Dick Pope's nicely judged cinematography..."
Uncut - 08/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] astounding stunts and seductive cinematography....Norton is so hypnotic he could steal your wallet."

Product Description:

In 1900 Vienna, a magician named Eisenheim the Illusionist is mystifying audiences with a remarkable magic act that is seemingly too good to believe. Chief Inspector Uhl, who is in the pocket of Crown Prince Leopold--and considers himself somewhat of an amateur conjurer--becomes obsessed with Eisenheim; Uhl is not only desperate to find out the secrets behind Eisenheim's tricks but also worried that the master magician might pose a threat to the crown prince's nefarious plans. In addition, Eisenheim is quickly growing close to Duchess Sophie von Teschen, his childhood love, who is engaged to Leopold. As Eisenheim's act becomes even more amazing--including apparently raising the spirits of the dead--he enrages the crown prince even further, leading to deception and murder. Edward Norton (FIGHT CLUB), who studied magic with Ricky Jay (THE SPANISH PRISONER) in preparing for the role, is terrific as Eisenheim, an enigmatic showman hiding a dark side. The excellent supporting cast features fine performances by Rufus Sewell (A KNIGHT'S TALE) as the evil, conniving Leopold; Jessica Biel (7TH HEAVEN) as the beautiful Sophie; and Paul Giamatti (SIDEWAYS) as the perceptive but bumbling Uhl. Written and directed by Neil Burger (INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN), THE ILLUSIONIST, which is based on a short story by Pulitzer Prizewinner Steven Millhauser, is a complex tale filled with mystery and awe. The compelling score was composed by minimalist musician Philip Glass and conducted by Michael Reisman.

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20th Century | Fantasy | Magic | Romance | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: August 18, 2006

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  • UPC: 024543402374
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