The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones [DVD] [2013]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (135 out of 150)

Special Features


  • Bringing them to life - Filmmakers and Cast discuss the characters of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Descendants of the Cup - A look at the stunts and the cast's transformation into Shadowhunters
  • Deleted scenes
  • Music video: "Almost Never Enough" by Ariana Grande ft. Nathan Sykes

Synopsis


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
New York City teen Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns that she is descended from a noble line of half-angel demon slayers known as the Shadowhunters, and joins their powerful ranks in a bid to rescue her missing mother (Lena Headey) from an alternate dimension known as the Downworld, where the terrifying creatures of legend roam free. Adapted from the popular series of novels by author Cassandra Clare, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones co-stars Robert Maillet, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, CCH Pounder, and Jared Harris. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Lily Collins
    Lily Collins - Clary
  • Robert Maillet
    Robert Maillet - Blackwell
  • Kevin Durand
    Kevin Durand - Pangborn
  • Lena Headey
    Lena Headey - Jocelyn
  • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers - Valentine



Customer rating

4.3
90%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie, given you didn't read the book.

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    Fan4Movies
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    Here is another attempt and turning a Young Adult (YA) novel into a successful brand. However, this was not near as successful as that of other YA novels (Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent etc.). If you've never read the book then it can be very enjoyable, but probably limited to the younger generations due to the use of "teenage angst". It has some decent actor/actresses involved with the project, but they can only carry it so far. There's a little bit of action thrown in, but I think there was more warranted than what we received. If your a fan of the book.... well you might want to pass. Not that it doesn't get some of the things right, they just probably change things for the worse in this case. The book is much better than this attempt (I'd say it's true for the follow up that they are making for television as well, but that's a different time and place). It stinks that they didn't do better, because they could have made a good run of movies, granted that they had a better direction and delivery on movie 1. Recommendation: Have NOT Read the book: worth a watch. It's a fun stand alone movie that can be enjoyable. Just don't think too much into it. HAVE read the book: you may not want to bother, because if your like me you will mentally (or maybe verbally) pick the movie apart from what all you know from the source material.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, But Didn't Follow the Book

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    Madeleine1912
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    The movie arrived earlier than anticipated, and it was in perfect condition; no marks from being banged around during shipping. Thank you, Best Buy! My issue lies with the plot of the movie, not something Best Buy can fix. If you've read the books, then you know they left out important information in some areas, and gave away secrets that weren't supposed to come out til later in the series in others. They should have listened more to Cassandra Clare, I believe. It would have made her fans a lot happier to see things play out more like the books. If you've read the books, be prepared to be slightly disappointed. If you haven't, you'll enjoy it more. Still a good movie. Great visual effects, great acting, great plot...just poor interpretation on the part of the screenwriter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It was great!

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    Bluenbrown81
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    I'm so tired of people complaining about this movie. It was great! Jamie who plays Jace was incredible. His charisma onscreen was spectacular. Movies from books will NEVER be exactly like the books are because there is so much detail in the books. I really hope they continue with the series but since fans won't quit complaining they might cancel it. STOP complaining and give this series a chance!! It was FANTASTIC! Can't wait to see if the movies continue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A hilariously messy mishmash of YA fantasy tropes.

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    itsthekraken
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    The Mortal Instruments, based upon a young adult book series, could more aptly be named "Young Adult: The Movie." The plot is vapid and full of tropes and concepts from just about every other popular fantasy property out there; don't go into it thinking it's going to be any sort of revelation for the genre. However, the film is well-casted, the actors work really well off of one another, and despite the lack of depth, it's very entertaining. It's great if you're into b-movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie, good start to a series

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    Higewolf
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    While the differences between the movie and book are sometimes rather large, I find that the adaptation for the big screen was well done. As someone who doesn't like to read books before I watch movies in general, I did so with this movie and it turned out to be a good thing. There are some things that may confuse a person who hasn't read the book(s), but all in all things are covered well and the movie itself is well executed. A definite recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I recommend watching this BEFORE reading the books

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    MWright86
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    If you can overlook the fact that it is different from the book (and get past Jase's hair) and watch it for enjoyment purposes without any preconceived notions... It is quite good. It is a coming of age story about a girl who's not only learning where she really comes from but finding out who she is, and falling in love for the first time. Yes, it all happens in a world of half-angels who hunt demons, vampires, werewolves, warlocks, etc. but still!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie!

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    Reashope
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    I enjoyed the casting of characters. Jamie Campbell Bower and Lilly Collins were great as the lead characters, Jace and Clary. The sets and costume were really exceptional and Johnathan Rhys Meyers really brought intensity to the last third of the movie. Overall it was a moving love story amidst the backdrop of Angels and Demons. No profanity or inappropriate scenes, so young Tweens and up will enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movie for Twilight fans

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    DJNyke
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    I really liked the movie. The special effects were good, but not over the top. The story had a good balance of love story and action scenes. My only issues is I think if the story would have been better if they would made this a 2 part movie vice trying to get everything in 2+ hours. Considering it's a book series, hopefully a sequel will follow to fill in some of the blanks.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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