The Ninth Gate (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 11, 2009
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Lions Gate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- DTS Surround 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English - SDH
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailers
- Roman Polanski
- Gallery of Drawings
- Storyboard Selections
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Frank Langella & Johnny Depp|
|Performer:||Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford, Jose Lopez Rodero & James Russo|
|Directed by||Roman Polanski|
|Edited by||Hervé de Luze|
|Screenwriting by||John Brownjohn, Roman Polanski & Enrique Urbizu|
|Composition by||Wojciech Kilar|
|Produced by||Roman Polanski|
|Director of Photography:||Darius Khondji|
...A lot of lowbrow fun....[Depp performs] with real panache... -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental
Amusing, ultra - deadpan entertainment. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- About as scary as a sock-puppet re-enactment of The Blair Witch Project, and not nearly as funny. Full Review
New York Times
Who knew satanic enlightenment could be so sexy? Full Review
Den of Geek
...With its fiery, over-the-top spectacle and bolts of black humor, THE NINTH GATE is actually more in the spirit of VAMPIRE KILLERS than ROSEMARY'S BABY....Lena Olin is the ultimate cat woman...
...THE NINTH GATE is well-crafted with a genteel and moody air....Polanski has concentrated on the subdued and the spooky. And he's thrown in some bizarre acting touches...
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 2/4 -- I kept hoping Polanski would take the plot by the neck and shake life into it, but no. Full Review
Based on a novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (THE CLUB DUMAS) and coscripted by director Roman Polanski, THE NINTH GATE was Polanski's first feature after a long break following the release of 1995's DEATH AND THE MAIDEN--in between, there was an aborted project that faltered when designated star John Travolta opted out. Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is a cynical rare books dealer hired by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), a scholar specializing in books on Satanism, to recover the only two remaining copies (in addition to the one owned by Balkan) of THE NINE GATES OF THE KINGDOM OF SHADOWS, a 17th-century text with cryptic illustrations supposedly contributed by Lucifer himself. Corso's investigation takes him to Europe, where he is pursued by a strange girl (Emmanuelle Seigner) who seemes to assume the role of his guardian angel: Bizarre deaths inspired by the book's morbid illustrations befall all those who come into contact with the book--except himself. This occult mystery should satisfy fans of subtly creepy, stylish tales of the supernatural along the lines of Polanski's own ROSEMARY'S BABY.
- Theatrical release: March 31, 2000.
- Filmed on location in Paris, France; at the Château de Ferrières (near Paris); Sintra, Portugal; Toledo, Spain; and at the Sudios Epinay.
- José López Rodero, who plays a dual role (the shady Ceniza brothers), actually started out as the film's production manager. Polanski decided he would be perfect for the part(s) and persuaded Rodero (who had never done any professional acting before) to appear in the film.
- Emmanuelle Seigner is married to Roman Polanski.
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