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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 130 minutes, 6 part featurette (The Director's Notebook), Art Of The Prestige photo galleries

STUDIO: Touchstone Pictures/ Warner Bros./ New Market Films

RELEASE DATE: 2-20-2007

Sometimes movies aren't an exact science, but director Christopher Nolan has struck gold again with his latest film, THE PRESTIGE. He first took everyone off guard with MEMENTO and then he thrilled them with a reboot to the Batman franchise with BATMAN BEGINS (he begins production next summer on the sequel, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT with Heath Ledger as the Joker). Before he reunites with Christian Bale and Michael Caine for a third time, he used them for their second effort together.

THE PRESTIGE is an absorbing time twisting thriller where misdirection is the point and yet sometimes the simplest answer is the truth. THE PRESTIGE follows the story of two magicians, The Great Dantan (Hugh Jackman) and The Professor (Christian Bale), who become rivals after the accidental death of The Great Datan's wife during a magic act. The Great Dantan becomes obsessed with getting revenge while The Professor seems to be content when he marries and has a daughter. However, it isn't that simple. On some days, The professor loves his wife while others he doesn't. He comes up with a new magic act called The Transported Man which The Great Dantan duplicates by using an actor as his double. Yet it isn't good enough as he sends his assistant to work for The Professor to learn his secret. It leads him on a journey to Colorado to meet the great scientist Tesla (David Bowie). He gets Tesla to build him a transport machine which has unseen side effects.

THE PRESTIGE is a solid movie (one of the best of 2006) as the story unfolds as it goes back and forth in time starting with the Professor on trial for the murder of The Great Dantan. Michael Caine is part of the great cast as the guy who creates the tricks for The Great Dantan. The period detail is breathtaking while the twists prove this is a film you must see more than once. David Bowie has an understated performance as Tesla in the best performance by Bowie ever. He left an impression for the small amount of screen time he has in THE PRESTIGE. THE PRESTIGE will have you thinking and looking again as this one will definitely be a hit on DVD. It is a movie obsession. Also it is the one about why and how.

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English, French, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish (featurettes have English subtitle option)

SPECIAL FEATURES: The 6 part DIRECTOR'S NOTEBOOK (CONJURING THE PAST, THE VISUAL MAZE, METAPHORS OF DECEPTION, TESLA: THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE TWENIETH CENTURY, RESONANCES) has interviews with the cast and crew as they reflect on the film and the style of Director Christopher Nolan. David Bowie was Nolan's only choice to play Tesla.

THE ART OF THE PRESTIGE is split up into four galleries (FILM, COSTUME AND SETS, BEHIND THE SCENES, POSTER ART). Sadly the theatrical trailer isn't included. Hopefully a special edition release of this wonderful film will be made. The scant extras only scratch the surface.

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE PRESTIGE is a movie that better than THE ILLUSIONIST and you should give it a try on DVD. It has me more and more excited for the BATMAN sequel. I hope BVHE releases a more extra filled DVD in the future for this excellent film.

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