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(aka 'V for Vendetta: At the IMAX' or 'V wie Vendetta')

Directed by James McTeigue
USA 2005

 

Following world war, London is a police state occupied by a fascist government, and a vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressors of the world in which he now lives. When V saves a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) from the secret police, he discovers an ally in his fight against England's oppressors.

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Theatrical Release: December 11th, 2005

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Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC Warner Home Video - Blu-ray REGION FREE
Runtime 2:12:20  2:12:32 
Video 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 27-30 mb/s
 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:  SD

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French - Quebecois (Dolby Digital 5.1)  English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None (only optional French on the disc 2 extras) English SDH, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

Disc 1

• Freedom! Forever!: Making V for Vendetta – The cast and crew of V for Vendetta reveal the intense filmmaking process
Disc 2

• Designing the Near Future - A look at the artistic process of creating the frightening future world of V
• Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot - The history behind the story of Guy Fawkes
• England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics - The origins of the original V story is illuminated
Cat Power Montage – Cat Power song played under images of the film
• Theatrical trailer
• Easter egg: Saturday Night Live digital short

DVD Release Date: August 1st, 2006

Double Standard Keep Case
Chapters: 35

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Frankly, this a very impressive image. I may have been blasť on the film but the Warner DVD offers a wonderful tight, anamorphic, progressive transfer in the 2.35 ratio. It has moments where V For Vendetta's color and crispness are reference quality. The film appears to have spared no expense in certain production areas and the Special Edition DVD has captured them with expert proficiency. There doesn't seem to be an over-abundance of art-fixation tinting but what has been put to celluloid comes across with subtle intent. Contrast is intense and if I have a complaint it may be that blacks have been slightly boosted - but again this may be a purposeful effect also shown theatrically (I am not sure). Likewise audio is darn good - it is tested by the soundtrack and came through with flying colors - at least on my system. There are optional English, Spanish and French subtitles - also expertly rendered.

Extras - There is a large focus on the production details of the film, which I didn't find so interesting. The Guy Fawkes stuff was quite historically detailed and although I enjoyed it - I doubt many others will. I also enjoyed the New Wave Comic Book stuff - a nice generalized focus on this huge cult phenomenon. Overall, the supplements are very adept and depending on your appeal of the film will certainly offer a similar interest level.

Bottom line: I can't see Warner doing any more for the film on DVD excepting a commentary - which isn't really warranted. 'V For Vendetta' has some strong Orwellian overtones and if this appeals to you then the DVD presentation may very well blow your socks off.

Gary W. Tooze


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