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

Directed by James McTeigue
USA 2005

Any subtlety (and there wasn't much) expressed through British comic book artist Alan Moore's (who wanted nothing to do with this film) occasionally brilliant, 1981 graphic political foray exposing a potential hidden wave of totalitarian oppression, V for Vendetta, (incidentally it was really his response over the ascendance of Margaret Thatcher) is replaced with computer-enhanced stylisms in an obvious attempt at.... obviousness - and it succeeds in typical Hollywood fashion. V, an operetta phantom wannabe, is a unique breed of cultured terrorist. The short story is he kills people and blows things up - all that is missing is the flashing 'APPLAUSE' sign. We are meant to accept this form of politically-correct savagery - hey man, the greater good - but it is spelled out in such an utterly egregious fashion that this part of the narrative just plain sucks. V's protégé, a young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is a solid benefit to the film, but, old jaded me, didn't see too much to be wow'ed with. It is not as poorly constructed picture as I am painting and anyone who hasn't had there weekly feed of MTV might find the gratuitous fast cuts and images more appealing than I. Production and pseudo-creativity were put at too high an end again (why? - cause it sells!) and the film's guts are left to feed on themselves. Action, thriller, sci-fi, political fist-shaking - sure - it fills all categories... except depth. Okay, okay, it's not so bad - there are certainly worse ways to spend 2 hours - just prepare yourself for a dynamic light show where the nuances are not as nuanced as they could be. Many will enjoy the heck out of this film - it was made for today's hyper-paced-desirous audiences.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: December 11th, 2005

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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
 

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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
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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:

Frankly, this a very impressive image. I may have been blasé 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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