Now You See Me (2013)

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Released 11-Dec-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Thriller Audio Commentary
Featurette-Making Of
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 110:37
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (77:10) Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Louis Leterrier
Studio
Distributor
Icon Entertainment Starring Jesse Eisenberg
Woody Harrelson
Isla Fisher
Morgan Freeman
Michael Caine
Mark Ruffalo
Case ?
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I like the concept of this film, magicians banding together to pull off a variety of heists and was keen to see it because of that. It also features a good cast of a mixture of up and coming actors and old hands. Accordingly, I sat down with some interest to review this DVD release of the film. This film did very well at the box office, pulling in $350m in ticket sales. Naturally, a sequel is in the works.

    Four magicians receive strange invitations to meet at a certain place and time, intrigued they go along not knowing what to expect. They are young illusionist, J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), his former assistant, now escapologist in her own show, Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), sleight of hand expert/hustler, Jack Wilder (Dave Franco, younger brother of James) and washed up mentalist, Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson). In the apartment where they are told to meet they find a lot of information and what amounts to an invitation to band together and put on a series of events over the following year. They do not know who is behind this information and instructions but decide to go ahead with little hesitation. Somehow (which is unexplained) they end up been bankrolled by a businessman, Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine) who funds them putting on three big shows in Las Vegas, New Orleans and New York. During the first show in Las Vegas they stage a complex stunt or heist (you need to wonder which), in which money is stolen from a Paris Bank and given to the show's audience. This gets the attention of the FBI and Interpol resulting in the partnering up of FBI agent, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol agent, Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to try and sort out what the hell is going on. They are assisted (or are they?) by magician debunker, Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman). Who is behind the creation of this team of magicians known as The Four Horseman and what are they trying to achieve?

    This high concept film has some interesting ideas, impressive visuals and some good acting by the quality cast, however, this does not make up for the fact that the film focuses of flash rather than storytelling. The director Louis Letterier and the writers have created an interesting concept which should have made for a thrilling and intriguing film but unfortunately is more confusing than intriguing. The deleted scenes on the disc would have made for a better film if left in and I note that there is an extended cut of this film available on Blu-ray which might be worth a look. There are too many plot holes and contrivances and the audience does not connect to the four main characters. This is not a bad film and is entertaining enough for its running time but the feeling you are left with is one of disappointment, that a good concept did not have more achieved with it. The ending is quite good and not too obvious, but it not really very well explained.

    Hard to recommend without some reservations.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good but has a few minor issues.

    The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout without being really crisp.

    The colour is quite good but there was some light colour bleeding at times and some chroma noise in some scenes.

    There was some mild aliasing and motion blur at times.

    There are English for the Hearing Impaired subtitles available which are clear and easy to read.

    The layer change at 77:10 caused a bad pause.


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Audio

    The audio quality is very good.

    This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.

    Dialogue was generally clear and easy to understand.

    The music was quite good but not outstanding.

    The surround speakers were used for the big show scenes and atmosphere without setting the world on fire.

    The subwoofer was mostly used to support the music.

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Extras

    A decent selection of extras.

Menu

    The menu featured music.

Commentary - Producer Bobby Cohen & Director Louis Letterier

    Quite an informative and interesting commentary which is scene specific discussing the locations, cast, challenges of individual scenes, use of FX etc. Worth listening too if you enjoyed the film and want to know more.

Now You See Me Revealed (14:59)

    Decent making of covering the cast & crew, characters, story, FX and the use of a magic consultant.

Deleted Scenes 

    A set of deleted scenes are the prize here as they explain some parts of the plot which were not clear in the movie itself and one assumes some of them are in the extended cut. Where the movie focuses only on the shows these show more of the preparation and thus aid understanding from an audience perspective. About 15 minutes.


R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    As far as I can tell the Region 1 release is the same. Buy Local

Summary

    An interesting concept does not always result in an interesting film.

    The video quality is good but has some flaws.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are decent.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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Flashy, entertaining, but a contrived ending -