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Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christopher Nolan, Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine


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Obsession, jealousy, and deceit define the tense relationship shared between two turn-of-the-century magicians in Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan's dizzying tale of sleight of hand. Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (ChristianSee more details below


Obsession, jealousy, and deceit define the tense relationship shared between two turn-of-the-century magicians in Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan's dizzying tale of sleight of hand. Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) are London-based magicians of the highest order, both blessed with spectacular powers of deception and both cursed with unrelenting envy for one another's skills. When Alfred performs an awe-inspiring trick for which there seems no logical explanation, the friendly competition shared between the pair turns to deadly rivalry as the enraged Rupert determines to uncover his rival's deepest secrets. In the world of illusion, however, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and the rules of the physical world simply don't apply. Now, as bitter competition quickly begins to consume the souls of both performers, the firestorm birthed by their anger threatens to consume all who surround them. Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie co-star in a feature that finds director/screenwriter Nolan reuniting with brother and Memento story author Jonathan Nolan to adapt author Christopher Priest's original novel.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
When released theatrically in 2006, Christopher Nolan's lovingly crafted adaptation of Christopher Priest's novel about rival magicians in the Victorian era suffered by comparison to The Illusionist. Even though the latter was a superior picture, this splendid film deserved better. On the basis of star power alone -- the cast includes Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and David Bowie -- The Prestige merits reevaluation, and plot intricacies that befuddled some theatrical audiences won't hinder home viewers, who have the luxury of repeating scenes they may find confusing. Jackman and Bale play flamboyant prestidigitators Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, who are constantly striving to outdo each other. Their feud threatens to turn deadly, and Jackman's assistant, Olivia Wenscombe (Johansson), adds fuel to the fire by falling in love with Borden after being sent to spy on him. Caine adds yet another terrific supporting role to his resume, portraying Cutter, the craftsman whose mechanical skill aids Angier in creating his mind-boggling illusions. Real-life scientific wizard Nikola Tesla, superbly played by Bowie, figures in a subplot that only slightly exaggerates his genius and depicts some of his pioneering accomplishments. In his zeal to keep viewers as befuddled as the onscreen audiences watching the dueling magicians, Nolan indulges in a bit too much narrative trickery, but all is made clear at the end.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Filmmakers are no strangers to the world of magic and illusions. Both Orson Welles and Woody Allen were talented amateur magicians, and directors sometimes treat editing as little more than an excuse to fool audiences and exert their powers of manipulation. Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan juggle timelines with such ease and dexterity that seeing them tackle the topic of illusionists would seem to be a perfect fit of talent and material. The Prestige is the cinematic equivalent of watching a Penn & Teller show. The Nolans, like the comedy magic duo, lay out exactly what they are going to do. The answers to the mysteries are right in front of the viewer for pretty much the entire film, but they surround the simple truths with so much misdirection and showmanship that even the most alert viewer is likely to be taken in by the elaborate ruse. The filmmakers reveal everything about their characters' tricks, including plainly stating the dramatic arc that a good magic trick follows, and still manage to thrill the audience with their skill. The look of Christopher Nolan's films are, for the most part, cold. He has a very cerebral, considered tone to his movies that would be off-putting if not for the fact that he consistently hires actors who are able to get at viewers' emotions. Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, as the magicians carrying on a lethal feud, carry the weight of The Prestige, each playing deeply flawed characters whose drive and ambition make them inherently interesting. In lesser hands, The Prestige could have become an empty exercise where the twists and turns might seem at best arbitrary or, at worst, manipulative. Thankfully, the editing and imagemaking is so precise, and the screenplay so beautifully layered, that the finished result tickles the audience with anticipation and bewilderment. The Nolans and their talented cast never play the viewers for suckers, even when fooling them right in front of their eyes.

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Product Details

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Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Christopher Nolan; Conjuring the Past; The Visual Maze; Metaphors of Deception; Tesla: The Man Who Invented the Twentieth Century; Resonances; The Art of the Prestige gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Jackman Robert Angier
Christian Bale Alfred Borden
Michael Caine Cutter
Scarlett Johansson Olivia Wenscombe
David Bowie Tesla
Rebecca Hall Sarah
Andy Serkis Alley
Samantha Mahurin Jess
Piper Perabo Julia McCullough
Daniel Davis Judge
Jim Piddock Prosecuter
Christopher Neame Defender
Christopher Neame Defender
Mark Ryan Captain
Roger Rees Owens
Jamie Harris Sullen Warder
Monty Stuart Stagecoach Driver
Ron Perkins Hotel Manager
Ricky Jay Milton
J. Paul Moore Virgil
Anthony Demarco Boy
Chao-Li Chi Chung Ling Soo
Gregory Humphreys Policeman
John Crye Voice
W. Morgan Sheppard Merrit
Sean Francis Howse Man
Julie Sanford Elegant Lady
Ezra Buzzington Ticket Hawker
James Lancaster Moderator
Olivia Merg Jess (Toddler)
Zoe Merg Jess (Toddler)
Johnny Liska Scalper
Russ Fega Man in Hotel
Kevin Will Man in Hotel
Edward Hibbert Ackerman
Christopher Judges Burly Stagehand
James Otis Blind Stagehand 1
Sam Menning Blind Stagehand 2
Brian Tahash Blind Stagehand 3
Scott Davis Carriage Driver
Jodi Bianca Wise Glamorous Assistant
Nikki Glick Housekeeper
Enn Reitel Workman 1
Clive Kennedy Warder
Rob Arbogast Leonard
Chris Cleveland Will

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mike Avery Stunts
Joni Avery Stunts
Chris J. Ball Executive Producer
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Hans Bjerno Cinematographer
Leo Corey Castellano Makeup Special Effects
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
Tom Cummins Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan B. Curtiss Asst. Director
Valerie Dean Executive Producer
Maggie Fung Makeup
Megan Godfrey Stunts
Jordan Goldberg Associate Producer
Steve Hart Stunts
David Julyan Score Composer
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Lacavara Stunts
Mark Lucero Set Decoration/Design
Rick Marcus Stunts
Alan Meyerson Sound Mixer
Kenny Myers Makeup
Jonathan Nolan Screenwriter
Ed Novick Sound Mixer
John Papsidera Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Toni Kehaulani Reed Costumes/Costume Designer
Aaron Ryder Producer
Charles Schlissel Executive Producer
Lee Smith Editor
Jody Spilkoman Asst. Director
Emma Thomas Producer
Heba Thorisdottir Makeup
Sally Thornton Set Decoration/Design
William Tyrer Executive Producer
Scott Zuber Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prestige
1. Introduction [3:29]
2. "Something Went Wrong..." [4:15]
3. A Search for Answers [3:55]
4. The Start of a Great Career [4:22]
5. Total Devotion to His Art [7:14]
6. A Strong Knot [4:01]
7. More in Love With Magic [6:39]
8. An Effective Form of Misdirection [4:47]
9. The Great Danton [1:55]
10. Happiness That Should Have Been Mine [3:51]
11. Man's Reach Exceeds His Grasp [4:53]
12. A Complex Illusion [4:00]
13. The New Transported Man [6:18]
14. The Mistress of My Enemy [4:13]
15. Complete Power [4:47]
16. The Keyword Is the Method [4:09]
17. Secrets Are My Life [4:49]
18. Exact Science Is Not an Exact Science [5:30]
19. An Old Friend [12:30]
20. Considerable Risk [4:29]
21. The Prestige [4:57]
22. A Better Magician [3:45]
23. Are You Watching Closely? [6:03]
24. End Credits [9:53]

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