THE THIEF LORD
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 98 minutes, three deleted scnes, theatrical trailer, and short animated film
STUDIO: FOX/ Comestone TL Distribution/ Archlight Films International
RELEASE DATE: 3-14-2006
THE THIEF LORD is one of those little films that have moments that fill you with awe. It starts out one way before being
hit with the reality again. It is funny to note that the ones who want children or have them aren't good parents. The ones
who don't have them are bitter people while good parents are dead (or missing). Just think of the Thief Lord as Peter Pan
who wants to grow up. The movie is adapted from a novel by Cornelia Funke. THE THIEF LORD has a wonderful cast of child and
adult actors. It's magic exists in the way the movie is told, the performances, and the scenery of Venice, Italy.
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)/ 1.33:1 (Full Frame)
The transfer is OK, but stick with the Widescreen version which edges out the Full Frame version quality wise. It is a
doubled sided disc and the Widescreen version is on Side B.
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Dialogue is always clear and the music never drowns it out.
SPECIAL FEATURES: A few extras are include. The three deleted scenes add more character moments, but the second one is
the funniest. It is a plus that the original theatrical trailer is included and we also get the short animated film shown
during THE THIEF LORD (Mosca's Animation with Glow/Stumm). Too bad we don't get an audio commentary or a short featurette
on the making of this wonderful little film.
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE THIEF LORD is a wonderful film that will entertain the whole family. It isn't a dumbed down for kiddies
film that is at least worth a rental.
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