An authority on rare books is drawn into a confrontation with the forces of darkness in this thriller directed by Roman Polanski. Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is a rare book broker who makes his living tracking down valuable items for rich bibliophiles. Corso is hired by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), a millionaire New Yorker with a vast collection of occult literature and a keen interest in "The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows." Legend has it that the book was co-written by Satan in the 17th century, and only three copies are known to exist; the owner of one recently sold the book to Balkan a few days before killing himself. Balkan wants Corso to find the other two copies (one owned by a Mr. Fargas in Portugal and the other by a French collector named Kessler) and examine them to determine if they are forgeries. Corso is told to be thorough and spare no expense. He begins by visiting Liana Telfer (Lena Olin), the widow of the man who once owned Balkan's copy of the book, who has an unusually strong desire to get the book back, and confers with his friend Bernie (James Russo), who soon turns up dead, in a manner much like an illustration from the book. Corso learns that the book contains clues to a puzzle that will allow people to call up the devil, and certain people will stop at nothing to find the missing parts of the formula.~Mark Deming
The movie was very good overall. The fast paced action is a good offset to the back-story. Along with the action you have to follow the characters in order to follow the story which keeps you engrossed in the movie. The acting does a good job in making you care about the characters.
As a note the description on the Best Buy site is incorrect the movie is actually 133 minutes long.
Johnny Depp excels in developing his characters & really this is where his career started to make in-roads into the realm of genius!
Movie: Depp plays Dean Corso, a less than ethical rare antique book dealer, who is hired to find and examine extremely rare copies of a 17th century book on the occult titled " The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows ". Corso is given an offer he cannot refuse ($$$) & he is off to Europe to find the surviving copies with specific instructions to find any variations of the text or engravings.
After being pursued, attacked, seduced & robbed Corso realizes that this book has more than just monetary value & begins to become entangled in the pursuit of Satanic powers & Occult rituals.
The ending will leave you guessing and requires quite a bit to the imagination..
Video: The Ninth Gate picture is just average, when compared to other Blu-rays. I saw no background depth while actors remained in focus, possibly just the filming style, but does not enhance this Blu-ray in any way.. Colors are neutral, but look natural to the film. Fleshtones look accurate. Nothing really jumps out at you with this release, but it is head and shoulders above standard Dvd.
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, is always nice to have included but does not benefit this soundtrack much, since its mainly dialog driven. Dialogue is crisp and clean with Pans transitioning smoothly, even tho the soundfield is a bit front-heavy but ultimately immersive, and dynamics are solid.
Extras: Theatrical Trailer - Audio Commentary - Featurette - Storyboard Selections - Gallery of Satanic Drawings -
I thoroughly enjoyed " The Ninth Gate " & it still remains one of my all time Johnny Depp films..
P.S. Check out Johnny Depp in his 1994 film " Ed Wood "....Brilliant!