The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [WS] [DVD] [2003]

The underwhelming League of Extraordinary Gentlemen makes its way to home theaters with 20th Century Fox's widescreen edition DVD. With its brilliant 2.35:1 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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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (199 out of 202)

    Special Features


    • Full-length audio commentary (producers/actors)
    • Full-length audio commentary (costume/makeup/visual effects team)
    • Behind-the-scenes documentary
    • 12 deleted scenes

    Synopsis


    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Based on the comic book miniseries by Alan Moore, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen takes place in an alternate universe where the characters of several literary classics exist in reality. As if that weren't enough, they've been assembled together in 1900 by Queen Victoria as a team of evil-fighting heroes. Among them are Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) from H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines; Mina Harker (Peta Wilson) from Bram Stoker's Dracula; Tom Sawyer (Shane West) from several works by Mark Twain; Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend) from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray; Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah) from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; The Invisible Man (Tony Curran) from H.G. Wells book of the same name; and several others. Working together, the odd assortment of characters must combine their powers to defeat a mysterious villain and save the world from certain destruction. Directed by Stephen Norrington (Blade), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen also stars Jason Flemyng, Tom Goodman-Hill, and David Hemmings. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - Allan Quatermain
    • Shane West
      Shane West - Tom Sawyer
    • Stuart Townsend
      Stuart Townsend - Dorian Gray
    • Richard Roxburgh
      Richard Roxburgh - M
    • Peta Wilson
      Peta Wilson - Mina Harker (nee Murray)



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Just plain fun...

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      NiteOwl
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      Sometimes people take action/adventure too seriously, and leave their sense of wonder and imagination... and fun... at the door. This is just a good time, with amazing visuals and action sequences. Nothing more, nothing less. Based off of the comic book series, I love the twist/angle that some of the fictional characters we knew of in literature are actually real. I love it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      Kris
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      Some people take issue with the fact that this movie deviates significantly from the source material, but i thought it was a super fun adventure in the vein of Avengers and Justice League. For the low low price Best Buy is charging, you can't really go wrong with this one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best action movies ever.

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      Leaguer
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      I loved this movie and the whole collaboration of characters from the the classic stories brought to life like this is amazing. I enjoyed Sean Connery as the mentor and leader of the group and Peta Wilson was breath-taking to see in action.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Enjoyable Escape

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      spedricci
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      I always enjoy watching Sean Connery, so I spent $5 to see this film. At that price, it was worth the time. I wasn't familiar with the source, but I thought it was clever to take characters from various stories and have them work together. Nothing new here cinematically, but an enjoyable rainy afternoon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      World Armageddon Mission

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      Besty
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      Sean Connery heads a large cast of super heroes of different backgrounds who don't trust each other , but with one common goal , avert the doom day plans of a madman. Along are vampires , Caot. Nemo , Dr Jeckl & Mr Hyde , Dorian Gray , well you get the idea. It's an older movie release , but great adventures never die.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good potential but comes up short

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      Jxhnnylxve
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      I so wanted this to be better but it just couldn’t deliver in my opinion. With that being said, no regrets on buying this title for there are certainly cool moments in this film! Remake possibly would do this justice?!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not the best film, but a fun ride...

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      HudsonHawk
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      This will never be the greatest film of all time, in fact it's pretty bad in parts. But if you're a fan or in the mood of taking a mindless ride through some literature infused action, well this is for you. The bluray looks solid and sounds even better!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A little different from the graphic novel but good

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      CultureVulture
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      The film differs somewhat from the graphic, especially Sean Connery's character who is first seen as a drug addict in the novel. Mina Harker is shown as a vampire in the film but but only hinted at in the novel. Those who enjoy this film on its own terms should check out the novel for comparison.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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