The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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The underwhelming League of Extraordinary Gentlemen makes its way to home theaters with 20th Century Fox's full-screen edition DVD. With a brilliant (yet cropped) 1.33:1 picture and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, the disc is nothing short of spectacular as it showcases the film's glorious production values and lush levels of sound design. Though technically splendid, the extras, on the other hand, tend to be a bit of a let down. The disc is fairly loaded with bonus features that give the viewer a nice overview of the ...
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The underwhelming League of Extraordinary Gentlemen makes its way to home theaters with 20th Century Fox's full-screen edition DVD. With a brilliant (yet cropped) 1.33:1 picture and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, the disc is nothing short of spectacular as it showcases the film's glorious production values and lush levels of sound design. Though technically splendid, the extras, on the other hand, tend to be a bit of a let down. The disc is fairly loaded with bonus features that give the viewer a nice overview of the production, but with no juicy mentions of the widely publicized spats between star Sean Connery and director Stephen Norrington (which ended in the screen legend literally taking over the editing room in the final stages), the overtly positive "spin" on the behind-the-scenes work becomes more than questionable. Still, for a film that is mostly known for its eye candy, the detailed sections on the rest of the production make for some fine coverage of the artisans behind the camera. Split into three different areas, the disc's special features include six featurettes in the Assembling the League section, 12 deleted and extended scenes in the Deleted Scenes area, and two full-length audio commentary tracks in the Commentaries section. At almost an hour in total length, the featurettes cover everything from Jackie West's costuming to the film's miniature work, with equal time also given to the producer's link to the comic's originator, Alan Moore (their second adaptation after From Hell). The best of the bunch details Steve Johnson's incredible makeup effects that helped realize original artist Kevin O'Neill's hulking vision of Mr. Hyde, played by Jason Flemyng. The British actor can also be found joking around with the Invisible Man himself, Tony Curran, on the first of two commentary tracks. Sadly, Curran's hilarious Sean Connery impersonations are interrupted time and time again by producer Don Murphy's obnoxious outbursts at the fans that questioned some of the more ridiculous story line changes (courtesy of the track's intercutting of three separate recordings from the film's two producers and actor Shane West). There aren't too many great producer commentaries out there and Murphy goes a long way here to prove to you why. The second track is a technical commentary consisting of a costume/makeup/visual effects tag team track, most of which lengthily expands on the behind-the-scenes talk in the featurettes. Finally, the disc presents a wealth of deleted and extended scenes, though there's no sign anywhere of the more graphic scenes Norrington was forced to cut to get the PG-13 rating. Considering the film's poor box office, it's understandable that the studio would want to put out a more family-friendly disc, so it seems the original vision of the film (and the story behind it) will have to wait for another edition. In the meantime, you get a pristine presentation of the theatrical cut and some nice behind-the-scenes production work with this release.
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Special Features

Actor and producer commentaries with Trevor Albert, Jason Flemyng, and Tony Curran; a visual-effects commentary by production designer Carol Spier, costume designer Jacqueline West, members of the make-up and visual-effects crews, and the miniatures creators; a making-of featurette; 12 deleted scenes; more.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Extraordinary indeed! This rousing action-adventure film, steeped in the traditions of those grand old Saturday-matinee cliff-hangers, employs an audacious concept devised by graphic-novel writer Alan Moore: the uniting of memorable characters from Victorian-era fiction against an unseen and powerful adversary. The 20th century is just dawning when emissaries of the British government round up legendary adventurer Allan Quartermain Sean Connery, rogue submariner Captain Nemo Naseeruddin Shah, twisted genius Dr. Jekyll Jason Flemyng, dapper but dangerous Dorian Gray Stuart Townsend, and a grown-up Tom Sawyer Shane West, along with mysterious Mina Harker Peta Wilson, whose prior acquaintances have included one Count Dracula. They are offered various rewards and immunities to combat "The Fantom," whose technologically advanced, multinational crimes are calculated to turn the countries of Europe against each other and spark a Continent-wide conflagration. As you might imagine, this mission provides ample opportunities for outrageous feats of derring-do and the use of some very peculiar talents. There's hardly a single incident in League that isn't wildly improbable at the very least, but director Stephen Norrington Blade stages the action flamboyantly and imbues the venture with a disarming, tongue-in-cheek sensibility. The septuagenarian Connery still makes an amazingly robust hero, and he's given strong support by less well known but remarkably capable performers. Shah's terrific Captain Nemo is portrayed as the resourceful, dignified, and enigmatic Easterner created by Jules Verne but depicted inaccurately in most movie versions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and its sequel, The Mysterious Island. For all the time, money, and effort that went into its production, League is, to its credit, a movie utterly without pretension; it aspires to be nothing but escapist entertainment, and in that it succeeds admirably.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2003
  • UPC: 024543101901
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Allan Quatermain
Shane West Tom Sawyer
Stuart Townsend Dorian Gray
Richard Roxburgh M
Peta Wilson Mina Harker (nee Murray)
Tony Curran Rodney Skinner, AKA The Invisible Man
Jason Flemyng Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde
Naseeruddin Shah Captain Nemo
David Hemmings Nigel
Max Ryan Dante
Tom Goodman-Hill Sanderson Reed
Technical Credits
Steve Norrington Director
Trevor Albert Producer
Patrick Banister Set Decoration/Design
David Baxa Set Decoration/Design
Rick Benattar Associate Producer
Michel Cheyko Asst. Director
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Sean Connery Executive Producer
Elinor Rose Galbraith Art Director
Stephan O. Gessler Set Decoration/Design
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Mark Holding Sound/Sound Designer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Donna Isaacson Casting
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Jason Knox-Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Jindrich Koci Art Director
Milena Koubkova Set Decoration/Design
Dan Laustsen Cinematographer
Gordon Lebredt Set Decoration/Design
James McAteer Art Director
Don Murphy Producer
New Deal Studios Incorporated Cinematographer
Peter P. Nicolakakos Set Decoration/Design
James Dale Robinson Screenwriter
Marco Bittner Rosser Art Director
Paul Rubell Editor
Carol Spier Production Designer
Jan Svoboda Set Decoration/Design
Lucinda Syson Casting
Andy Thomson Set Decoration/Design
James F. Truesdale Art Director
Grant Van Der Slagt Set Decoration/Design
Jacqueline West Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon White Set Decoration/Design
David Wood Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. On the Brink of War (Main Titles) [5:07]
2. Quartermain [1:03]
3. Armored Assassins [2:57]
4. The New League [3:45]
5. Mr. Dorian Gray [:09]
6. The Fantom [3:26]
7. Mrs. Harker's Conduct [3:00]
8. The American Agent [1:10]
9. The Last Member [3:28]
10. Out of His League [2:26]
11. Voyage to Venice [2:05]
12. The Shooting Lesson [1:02]
13. The Portrait [2:29]
14. Death in Venice [:48]
15. Behind the Mask [5:40]
16. Betrayed [:43]
17. The Game Is Over [1:22]
18. Hyde the Hero [2:44]
19. The Message [4:17]
20. Waiting for Skinner [:15]
21. A Fortress Vast [4:14]
22. The Game Is On [6:14]
23. The Napoleon of Crime [2:32]
24. A Woman's Wrath [2:07]
25. Invisible Enemy [2:22]
26. Meet Your Demon [:16]
27. The Dante Beast [4:11]
28. Killing the Future [1:40]
29. The Long Shot [1:03]
30. A Hero's Bequest [3:35]
31. The Flame of Life [:42]
32. End Titles [1:30]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      French 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Commentaries
         Commentary by Producers Don Murphy and Trevor Albert and Actors Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Tony Curran: On
         Commentary by Producers Don Murphy and Trevor Albert and Actors Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Tony Curran: Off
         Commentary by Costume Designer Jacqueline West, Visual Effects Supervisor John E. Sullivan, Makeup Effects Supervisor Steve Johnson and Miniatures Creator Matthew Gratzner: On
         Commentary by Costume Designer Jacqueline West, Visual Effects Supervisor John E. Sullivan, Makeup Effects Supervisor Steve Johnson and Miniatures Creator Matthew Gratzner: Off
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Assembling the League
         Play All
         Origins
         Attire
         The Nemomobile
         Making Mr. Hyde
         Resurrecting Venice
         Sinking Venice
      Deleted and Extended Scenes
         Play All
         Inside the Nemomobile
         Dinner Aboard the Nautilus
         Dorian's Stateroom
         Jekyll's Offer
         Treachery
         Past Lovers
         The Beast Within
         Flooding the Engine
         Quartermain and the Fantom
         A Leader of Men
         Mina Warms Up
         To the Death
      Commentaries
         Commentary by Producers Don Murphy and Trevor Albert and Actors Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Tony Curran: On
         Commentary by Producers Don Murphy and Trevor Albert and Actors Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Tony Curran: Off
         Commentary by Costume Designer Jacqueline West, Visual Effects Supervisor John E. Sullivan, Makeup Effects Supervisor Steve Johnson and Miniatures Creator Matthew Gratzner: On
         Commentary by Costume Designer Jacqueline West, Visual Effects Supervisor John E. Sullivan, Makeup Effects Supervisor Steve Johnson and Miniatures Creator Matthew Gratzner: Off
      A Special Message
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    GREAT ACTION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS,THIS IS WORTH BUYING!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Just A Superhero Movie!

    This is another one of the few movies I got to see in theatre. This movie makes the characters look more than just superheroes. But, whats really cool about this movie is that it takes characters from other stories and puts them in here, for instance, Tom Sawyer, The Invisible Man, and Jonathan Harker's wife from Dracula. If you want more than just a superhero movie, get this.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Extraordinary Movie

    To start my 72 year old mother said this was the best movie she has ever seen -- and I tend to agree. The characters were excellent and there was non-stop action. It was wonderful to see classical characters come to life. And the fact that Captain Nemo was presented as Indian means that at least someone has read Jules Verne. Great movie with a great cast -- cannot wait for part 2.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I wish there was a sequel!

    The most disappointing feature would have to be its lack of a sequel, ah well, leaves room for the imagination. Still... I LOVED the range of characters, in the beginning all I could do is point and say, "LOOK! It's the character from...!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extrodinary

    This is just a great movie. That's about all there is here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.....and Women

    I thought the film was alright and watched it at least more than once. Its the story I think based on a comic that includes different literary characters and a evil plot as always. Yes at times it did get a little confusing. Invisible man was pretty cool and for some reason I liked his voice (had no idea that he was in underworld evolution) and the vampire chick was pretty cool too and didn't recognize stuart townsend as the guy who'll die if he looks at himself in the mirror. rent it or catch it on tv.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool

    Tell you the truth I grew up with more modern heroes and villains made by Marvel and DC but the director did an excellent job at bringing victorian era heroes and villains to the big screen. It was an enjoyable movie and for someone who is a big book reader (especially those considered classics) it was really cool to see these characters brought to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could be better, longer

    It's an interesting set of characters, at least. Mr. Hyde was rather stunning and realistic in my opinion as far as effects go. The concept of Dorian Gray was new to me so I appreciated that character as well. There is so much potential there with these characters yet it fell a little short. Could have been an interesting franchise and it reminded me a bit of the Fantastic 4 in some ways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you'll like this movie if....

    ....you don't take it seriously! Critics blasted it, and lovers of the graphic novel on which this movie is based were disappointed by it. But while the action is neither compelling nor coherent, the level of character development is surprisingly deep, considering the fact that the heroes in this movie are drawn from the well-turned pages of classic nineteenth-century literature. If you are searching for inspirational drama, watch "The Elephant Man," but if you are craving escapist adventure, then join "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Are you a mindless automaton?

    If so, you may enjoy this film. However, I would not suggest it for anyone with a central nervous system. Here's a simple summary: literary heros, death death death death death death. Then, obvious plot twist. Followed by "character development" and more death. No nudity, sorry, for all you dorky teenage boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Leage of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    This movie was alright but not awful, you couldn't help but watch it again and is one of those movies where you know it didn't do so good bu still liked it anyway. It has a bunch of different literary characters coming together to stop a plot of destruction from happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eh its ok...

    i had been wanting to see this movie for sometime and when i finally did i must say i was a little disapointed. i thought the plot and idea of the movie was awsome but the casting was off. Casting Sean Connery as Quatermain was a mistake to say the least and Shane West's acting was not as good as i was hoping. all in all i don't hate this movie but i thought it could have been better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing!!!!

    this is absolutley a great movie. plenty of action, plot twist and great charecters. this movie is an instant classic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Super Heroes of the Past

    This was a very cool and well thought of film. It brings together historical figures that are all unique in their own way. I like movies like these. Even as betrayal takes place in the League, the remainder still stood as one, their powers combined. As such, most characters in here are based on real historical figures from years ago. They are basically remembered in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Connery Must Have Done It For The Money

    I have often said I would pay to see Sean Connery read the telephone directory. Well, after seeing this horrific film, I only wish he had chosen to read the phone book instead of performing in this disaster. This is a stinker from start to finish, with little to recommend in the alleged plot and even less to recommend in the script, performances and not-so-special effects. Connery sleepwalked through this one and it shows. The DVD cover for this movie should have a skull and crossbones on it and its distribution reported to the communicable disease center in Atlanta. Oh, did I mention this was the worst movie I have paid to see in the last 30 years??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfectly Captivating

    Unlike some i foudn this movie to be wonderful. A league of some of the msot unlikely characters from books, the invisible man, a vampire whsoe also a scientist, Tom Sawyer, a man who lives forever named Darien Gray, Hyde & Jackle, Captain Nemo, and Allen Quartermain the best hunter in the world. I found it rather well acted and intriguing. Although near the end when one important character dies it's presumed that they come back to life, won't say who you'll have to see the movie, because of the witch doctor yet we're left on a cliff hanger as to what all happens afterward which caused me to believe that they were going to make a sequal following it but alas they haven't. on my top 10 list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Earlene Black, Pennsylvania Star

    I truly enjoyed this for fun movie. I was very farmiliar with all of the characters in their own right. This movie is for anyone that would like to relax without the seriousness of it all. It had suprises for those that are not farmiliar with all of the characters and just enough action to keep your attention. If your a very serious person then this movie may not be for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is great

    I loved this movie. I thought the gaphic novel was good, and the movie did it justice. Go see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coooool!

    I thought the movie was cool. I liked Captain Nemo's ship and the car. To bad Allan Quartermain died at the end. I didn't understand the last part about the African guy with the sand and the fire. Was it the pat where 'Africa would never let him die' thing. Overall I really liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superlative is Right

    It is rare in middle age to come across something truly superlative: this is one of those rarities. It is the worst movie I have ever seen in my life. 'Gumby:The Movie' and 'Prince of Space' tower above it for credibility, plot lucidity and character exposition. You don't have to suspend disbelief, so much as have it orbiting another planet. Note for etymologists: The word 'suck' was coined specifically in anticipation of the making of 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'.

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