V for Vendetta (2005)
The fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”
In a near future Great Britain, a masked vigilante is determined to bring down the fascist government and return freedom to the people.
V for Vendetta is a strange sort of action film. It is a quiet, thought provoking adaptation of a cult graphic novel. It also seems more relevant in today’s society than it did when initially released in 2005. The ideas at play here deal with a heavy handed government ruling through religious right and fascism. There is a lot to think about, particularly in what was billed as an action film. Make no mistake, there is action, but not balls to the wall from first frame to the last.
Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix trilogy, Captain America: The First Avenger) stars as the title character of V, and never once do you see his face. Hidden behind a Guy Fawkes mask throughout the entire film, he proves that a great character actor can act even without the expressions of a face. Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Star Wars Episodes 1-3) also stars as a friend and cohort of the terrorist V, and does a respectable job of playing a British character. Her accent is not always up to par, but she does well.
The transfer is fairly decent on this blu-ray, but looks like a transfer of the dvd. So, visually, this will not blow your socks off. It is not horrible, and better than some transfers of older films but not the best out there.
As I said earlier, this tends to be a quieter film. I personally enjoyed this sound mix because it didn’t switch from quiet dialogue to booming explosions and blow you out of your chair like a lot of action films tend to do. Usually, the dialogue is quieter and the action super loud. This maintains a nice middle ground. There was also decent separation in the 5.1 channels. Not the best mix, but nice overall.
The special features are recycled off the dvd version of the film. There is a commentary track, and a plethora of making of featurettes, along with a a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Natalie Portman.
Blu-Ray **1/2 out of ****
Movie *** out of ****
As a whole, this Warner Bros. triple feature blu-ray is a great value. The 3 films included are all based on graphic novels, are all rated R, and are all decent to great films. The only weak link is Constantine, and that is not a horrid film. These films prove that comic book films are not just the safe,Marvel fare we have been seeing lately. If you are in the market for a blu-ray, you could do a lot worse than picking up this pack.