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V for Vendetta [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2006]

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  • Release Date: 01/06/2015
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (282 out of 291)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1: Movie -
    • Freedom! Forever!: making V for Vendetta
    • Disc 2: Special Features:
    • Designing the near future
    • Remember, remember: Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot
    • England prevails: V for Vendetta and the new wave in comics
    • Cat Power montage
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    V for Vendetta
    Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Britain in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Natalie Portman
      Natalie Portman - Evey
    • Hugo Weaving
      Hugo Weaving - V
    • Stephen Rea
      Stephen Rea - Finch
    • Stephen Fry
      Stephen Fry - Deitrich
    • John Hurt
      John Hurt - Adam Sutler



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 291 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Remember remember

      Posted
      Treydle
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      What can anyone do in the face of true tyranny? When simple criticism is outlawed, what chance does a revolution have? How do you inspire a nation that’s been bullied into silence? The story begins with a comment on the power of an individual idea. Additionally, we are given a brief history of a failed rebellion in Great Britain and the man behind it, Guy Fawkes (portrayed by Clive Ashborn). Next, we flash-forward to an unspecified point in the United Kingdom’s future. A future in which a man by the name of Lewis Prothero (called The Voice of London and played by Roger Allam) has his own nightly broadcast and uses it to espouse his own political beliefs which always ends with the phrase “good guys win, bad guys lose, and, as always, England prevails”. Prothero is shown to the viewer on two different screens being watched by two different people. One of them, Evey Hammond (portrayed by Natalie Portman) is preparing for an evening out and turns off her television as she leaves, saying “That’s quite enough of that. Thank you very much.” The other viewer is left unidentified. Once Hammond has left her home, a public address system notifies the citizenry that a “yellow coded” curfew is now in effect. Worried that she might face consequences if she is discovered, Hammond suddenly hurries. Unfortunately, she is accosted by two men. Soon after threatening her, they identify themselves as government officials and make it clear that they intend to assault her. All seems lost for Ms. Hammond until a masked man, (voiced by Hugo Weaving) intervenes on her behalf. Our man in the mask subdues Ms Hammond’s attackers and then tells her that she may call him V. V claims to be a musician on the way to a concert and asks Evey to join him. V appears delusional to Evey at first, conducting a symphony that she can neither see nor hear, when the same public address system that informed of the curfew begins playing Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Before the song is finished, she is surprised again by an explosion which destroys the Old Bailey, home of the Central Criminal Court and an iconic piece of London architecture. As V revels in the destruction of the Old Bailey, it becomes clear to Evey that he was responsible and as government officials observe her next to V in the surveillance footage, they incorrectly assume Evey was somehow involved. When V for Vendetta was first in theaters, it was the source of much debate. Fans of the graphic novel complained that it took liberties with the story. Others worried that it justified terrorism. Having not read the graphic novel, I can’t comment on the first part. On the second part, at the time it occurred, people might’ve seen the Boston Tea Party as terrorism. In a totalitarian state, where dissent is a criminal act in and of itself, terrorism might very well be the best vehicle for change. And it’s because of that, an engaging and suspenseful story, and stellar performances from the main and supporting cast that I count V for Vendetta among my favorite movies. I have seen it many times since it was released on DVD and I will, no doubt, watch it many more. If what I’ve written intrigues you at all and you haven’t seen this film yet, you absolutely should. Just one man’s opinion.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very good investment

      Posted
      ezcritic

      While it's true that movies can't be word for word translations of books, nor image by image, they can still be true to the story. The only reason stories (I'm using that as a very broad term) are made into films is because the story invoked passion of some kind in its readers. Too often, Hollywood either doesn't understand what passions were invoked in the reader, how to translate those to film, or dismisses them entirely. However, oftentimes a story is far too complex, contains too many character, too many divergent plot lines, or too many ideas for a proper translation to occur. When that happens, we either find a script that cuts to the core of the story and eliminates anything that isn't absolutely essential to the story. That's where everybody has difficulty. Hollywood and the fans of the story rarely agree on what was left out, what was left in, what was enhanced - what was essential. It seems, according to reviews here, that the film remained essentially true to its core, and trimmed around the edges. That said, many here disagree vehemently. That served me fine. I didn't find gaping holes or questions, and never felt that any plot line was hurried. The film presented radical ideas in a magnificent fashion, first through a very unlikely hero (whose creation was, as usual, tragic), and second through the establishment he was fighting against. "V" was pursuing two things in the film. 1) To bring down the establishment, which had become increasingly totalitarian, and 2) to make those responsible for his creation pay. Both are radical, subversive, and vigilante in nature. Some have said that "V" is a terrorist, and in a sense, he certainly is. This is no Batman, no Spider-Man, and certainly no Superman. He is not a crusader for good, and possesses his own set of ethics - undoubtedly burned into him in his birth. While I personally can't agree with his tactics, I never found myself rooting against him. The "system" that was in place was a horrid one, and it did need to be brought down - especially by someone who himself had been "brought down" by the system. The acting is first rate, as are the special effects. As I noted in the first paragraph, stories are made into film because the story invoked passion of some sort. This film certainly evoked passion in me. It's a terrifying reminder that totalitarian regimes have existed, that some have been created virtually overnight, and how perilously close we are now to slipping backward, instead of forward.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Especially "Dark" Movie that entertains!

      Posted
      CWLW
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      Opening Scene: 400 years ago in the United Kingdom, a man is captured, captured, tried and publically hung. Fast-forward to today: America is broke and requesting both food and monetary assistance and the United Kingdom still prevails. The 1812 Overature plays on the first minute of November 5th and the “Old Bradly” Building is blown-up. This is a well-written film adaptation of a graphic novel comic story in the U.K. The graphic novel was immense and was significantly condensed to make a screen play of a political action thriller and idea film. The United Kingdom was once the foremost state society is now ruled by the state tyrant that is vengeful – the movie dares to ask the question of government that is not supportive of its society. It’s a warning of what happens when a government pushes its population to far. And it is also about one man’s tyrant is anothers freedom fighter. The story is well-told and acted and it holds your attention. NOTE: This especially dark, haunting and very corrupt – it is a film for selected audiences - it is not for the young or faint of heart.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      relate to a man behind a static, emotionless mask

      Posted
      SweetMotodachi
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      It's been over a decade and V for Vendetta still looks good and still feels relevant. It's based on the graphic novel-based of the same name. I saw this when it came out and it was the first movie based on a graphic novel that felt good to me. Similar film from before felt campy or childish. Batman Begins also came out around the same time and I felt it too was polished. The story for it's time was deep, though we see this type of plot a lot now, from Batman to Watchmen. Natalie Portman is fantastic. I like that V is behind the his mask the entire time. This was one thing the first Dredd movie didn't do and it was one of many down falls there. One might not think they could relate to a man behind a static, emotionless mask, but one can.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      dissapointing based on reviews

      Posted
      qim101

      Disappointing based on previous reader reviews. In my opinion the movie spends too much time in setting a predictably sympathetic case for the murder and violence inflicted by anarchist and terrorists acts justified by the personal wrongs perpetrated by a corrupt government. Hidden meanings in the symbolism used throughout the movie are interesting to watch out for, but it has been done before in much better movies (if interested check out Arthur Knight's "The Liveliest Art" for the use of symbolism in the early cinema in the 1920s-1950s). It was also disappointing that the plot and acting direction tries to emulate but falls short from such movies as "Brazil" and "Fight Club". Keep in mind: These are good actors, so they do help the movie watching experience and the cinematography is vivid enough to satisfy the senses for some of the time.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Remember Remember, the 5th of November

      Posted
      Damoncw9
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      I really liked V for Vendetta. Cool action sequences, great use of dialogue. The video transfer on blu ray looks great and the sound is exceptional, Warner didn't skimp. I was also surprised at how many references to the numerical V, and letter V I was able to spot. Hugo Weaving did a fantastic job of bringing V's character to life, in spite of the fact his face was hidden behind a mask for the entire movie. Vendetta deals with so many issues (race, sexuality, religion, totalitarianism, and terrorism) and manages to address, and hold them all together quite well without losing focus. Well-rounded release, especially for the price. That's why helped me give it 5 instead of 4 stars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Remember, remember...

      Posted
      Dreamweaver

      Once in a while, a movie comes along that blows you and your mediocre expectations completely out of the water. For those of us that like fast paced, thick, thorough plots, V for Vendetta is a piece of Heaven. With an in-your-face story line, huge action sequences, and amazing actors to pull it all off, its a must-see. Hugo Weaving executes the main character V flawlessly, managing to take a truely faceless character and give him the personality and emotional spectrum of the masses without breaking a sweat. Natalie Portman co-stars as a quiet, mousey girl turned into a strong, determined woman of the revolution. Rent it... no... BUY it! You'll watch it over and over.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing film depitcing our direction of government

      Posted
      Frank7310

      Viva revolution! This film is a landmark to illustrate our current state of our nation and world and what could be. You have to watch it over and over again to pick up on the numeorous hints left throughout the film to parallel our past and current state of our nation and what direction we are headed for. What makes this film even more powerful is the subtle yet not so subtle parallel to 9/11 as a false flag operation and fear tactics used by governments to take control of its people and to push forth its real agendas! The ending and its meaning is very overwhelming. I wish this would happen in real life! Everyone should see this film!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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