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V For Vendetta
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7 years ago By: Sturdy
V For Vendetta order
Director:
James McTeigue

Actors:
Natalie Portman
Hugo Weaving
Stephen Rea

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A hard working girl meets a radical freedom-fighter walking home one night. Through a series of events, they team up to take down their oppressive government and inspire a society desperate for change.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
After watching V FOR VENDETTA again on Blu-ray, I have to say that it holds up extremely well with repeat viewings. V is a special film that continues to get missed by casual movie fans. Itís a shame, because rarely does a film combine action, humor and mature themes to such an entertaining level.

The DVD release was one of the better WB releases as far as video and audio is concerned, but the Blu-ray takes it a step further. Black levels are always tricky for DVDís to do justice and in a movie as dark as this, itís important to have the clear distinction. So I was very happy when WB finally released this on Blu-ray. Black levels are very clearly defined and the video looks crisp and sharp at every turn. More impressive than the clarity of the dark colors is the vibrant ďpopĒ we see with the use of color. The white mask from our hero stands out exceptionally well and it adds an eeriness that Iím sure McTeigue was aiming for.

I still think people have a hard time placing this film into a particular category. Itís not purely an action film and itís definitely not purely a political film. Sometimes when you mix action with mature themes, it turns people away. If you go into this film with an open mind and youíre ready for a complicated, yet enjoyable film, youíll have a great time.
THE EXTRAS
In Movie Experience: Folks, this is why you bought a PS3. This feature was absolutely incredible. Itís a running, scene specific, picture-in-picture featurette. It had comments from all the actors and virtually everyone involved with making the film. This is a fantastic feature and this alone makes it worth upgrading to the Blu-ray.

The rest of the features are taken directly from my DVD review.

Freedom Forever; Making V for Vendetta (15:56): They donít waste any time discussing the political issues in the film or the comparisons to the graphic novel. I wouldnít say 15 minutes is enough, but this is a pretty good taste of the views of the cast and crew.

Designing the Near Future (17:15): Even the set designs had political correlations. For example, notice how similar future London looks to Nazi Germany. They also hinted at some other intentional digs at the British government, but Iíll let the Brits decide if they have a point or not. I liked this one too and is basically a continuation of the first one.

Remember, Remember; Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot (10:17): Yes, this story is true, and no, I donít know enough about England. Anyway, this talks about the true story and the politics surrounding it. I enjoyed this, because I like history.

England Prevails, V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics (14:39): This is the weakest of the bunch, but itís still good. Itís basically a history lesson on comics and the impact Vendetta had on graphic novels. If you dig comics, you might like it, but then again, you probably know all this stuff.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
By now, youíve probably seen the film and are wondering if you should spring for the Blu-ray upgrade. Given the duplication of special features and the inclusion of the in-movie experience, this is a must-have Blu-ray for any collection.
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