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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

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90





Studio and Year: Summit - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 115/125 minutes
Genre: Crime/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, English/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Common, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Music by: Brian Tyler
Written by: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 3, 2013







"The closer you look, the less you’ll see…"


Film Synopsis:

“The Four Horsemen,” a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists, pull off a series of daring heists while evading a squad of FBI agents and an Interpol detective trying to stop them before their most daring final trick!

My Take:

The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic J. Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech, high-profile magic shows. First amazing audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank while in Las Vegas, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members' bank accounts, baffling the authorities. FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he's forced to partner with Alma (Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation, he turns to a famed magic debunker, who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion. Dylan and Alma begin to wonder if the Horsemen have an outside point person. If so, finding him (or her) would be the key to ending the magicians' crime spree. But who could it be? Or…could it really be…magic?

Now you see me is designed to be a slick, stylish crime thriller that not only uses magic in the plot but magic on the audience. It borrows heavily from better films with its group based scenario, slight of hand theme and purposefully sneaky twist that even though you may not see coming still feels like a bit of a letdown. The narrative is frenetically paced with an over the top series of improbable situations that do turn out to be pretty entertaining to watch. The characters are vaguely drawn but I didn’t find that to be detrimental especially given the storyline’s context. The script is on the shallow side but the element of mystery that plays out to the end almost makes that seem like a given. I will say that what it lacks in substance it makes up for in style as there are a variety of engaging slippery turns, silly thrills and abracadabra moments that provide an entertaining bit of escapism (pun intended). I liked the choices for the cast and found the eclectic mix of actors to be quite complimentary.

In the end Now you see me is more popcorn flick fodder than anything else but depending on your point of view that isn’t a bad thing. For me it was an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Summit has included both the theatrical version and a 16 minute longer extended cut. I watched the former and given the fact that I liked it will soon check out the extended cut.


Parental Guide:

The film contains language, some action and brief sexual content.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 90

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Video: 90

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Now you see me comes to Blu-ray Disc from Summit Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 21 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5.8 Mbps.

This is a solid high definition transfer that looks excellent. Images are transparent with exquisite detail and a near infinite sense of depth. Fidelity is never in question regardless of perspective. At times I found the visual style to be engaging. The chromatic range varies depending on the mood of a particular scene and can be underscored with sepia tones, cool bluish green or natural light. That combined with the use of shading, thematic lighting schemes and eclectic cinematography imparts an inordinate and interesting quality. Skin tones among the cast don’t vary much and fall in line with the look of the film. Blacks are inky, dynamic and stable and contrast is boldly applied without overdriving whites/grays and washing out detail. This is a noticeably stylized and impressive high definition video presentation that looked great on my big screen.

The is an excellent DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack that features crystal clear dialogue, powerful dynamics and a subtly aggressive and involving surround sound mix. I was impressed with the implementation of both spacial dimension and discrete directional sounds that created an occasionally immersive listening environment. This worked hand in hand with film’s music, and thematic elements to build tension and help drive the story. Evidence of this can be heard in scenes like the apartment fight sequence followed by the extended car chase which fill the room with the low level punch of crashing vehicles coupled with a variety of room traversing effects. Be sure to turn this one up when things get busy.


Bonus Features:

  • Extended Director’s Cut

  • Audio Commentary with Producer Bobby Cohen and Director Louis Leterrier (Theatrical version Only)

  • (HD) Now You See Me Revealed – 15 minute featurette

  • (HD) A Brief History of Magic (hosted by magician David Kwong) – 11 minute featurette

  • (HD) 13 Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) Theatrical & teaser trailers

  • Bonus DVD

  • Digital Copy

  • Ultraviolet Digital Copy


Here is the trailer:



Final Thoughts:

Now you see me is a slick, stylish crime thriller that favors flair over substance but has enough merit to engage genre fans that have no problem checking their brains at the door. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Summit Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video quality and a supplemental package that includes an extended cut of the film, filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes and a pair of featurettes. If you’re already a fan this Blu-ray offering is worth picking up otherwise it easily qualifies as a top pick on movie rental night.





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Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews





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post #2 of 25
Definitely will be getting this Ralph, thanks for review mate.
post #3 of 25
Thanks Ralph.
post #4 of 25
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Greetings,

Sure thing gents.. smile.gif

Regards,
post #5 of 25
I was disappointed with it after reading all the hype. It was entertaining enough, but like Ralph says you really have to check your brain at the door, because some thing are just way to unbelievable.
post #6 of 25
I already added it to my queu once I'm done with 42
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Definitely will be getting this Ralph, thanks for review mate.

+1! cool.gif
post #8 of 25
Thanks for the review Ralph and I will be picking this one up when it comes out. Can we say more DTS please? biggrin.gif
post #9 of 25
Ralph, I always read your well crafted reviews, but I got to admit there's one part I never seem to understand well. The category you call 'low frequency extension'. When I think of what that means, I tend to think of how low the bass goes and how often etc. (eg subsonic bass effects). Is your review category really more of a guage of the low frequency efffects channel in total though (1-120hz)?
post #10 of 25
I saw it in the theaters. Ralph is spot on in terms of the evaluation of the movie itself. For me it's a renter, because if I were to buy it I'd watch it once. Then I would go through my collection the next time I wanted to watch a movie and grab something better in that style. Something like the Ocean's movies or Sneakers is much more satisfying.
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by mo949 View Post

Ralph, I always read your well crafted reviews, but I got to admit there's one part I never seem to understand well. The category you call 'low frequency extension'. When I think of what that means, I tend to think of how low the bass goes and how often etc. (eg subsonic bass effects). Is your review category really more of a guage of the low frequency efffects channel in total though (1-120hz)?

Greetings,

I wouldn't say that it applies to how often per se but more toward the quality of the bass, how well its application fits within the sound design and of course depending on that application how well it engages and or couples the room. Hope that makes some sense..wink.gif


Regards,
post #12 of 25
Thanks Ralph. I'll take that as 'bass overall' smile.gif
post #13 of 25
A agree that the A/V were pretty good with the movie but I was a bit disappointed as well. I have no problem checking my brain at the door when the movie can wow me (like Star Trek, The Bourne movies, Batman movies) but the whole premise of this movie did not make a lot of sense to me. I can't talk about it because it's a major spoiler, but... meh.
post #14 of 25
Spot on review Ralph wink.gif the wife, daughter and I enjoyed it!
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Spot on review Ralph wink.gif the wife, daughter and I enjoyed it!

Greetings,

Glad to hear it audiofan1. smile.gif


Regards,
post #16 of 25
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Spot on review Ralph wink.gif the wife, daughter and I enjoyed it!

Cool looking forward in watching it. smile.gif
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by audiofan1 View Post

Spot on review Ralph wink.gif the wife, daughter and I enjoyed it!


Just finished watching it and enjoyed it also.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Just finished watching it and enjoyed it also.

Hey Franin! it was a good movie with good energy wink.gif
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Hey Franin! it was a good movie with good energy wink.gif

I agree
post #20 of 25
a/v were good but the movie was a huge disappointment. To the point my wife and I would look at each other and smirk while shaking our heads because it was a pretty lame story with lots of gaps. The movie was nothing more than a cash grab for everyone involved. If this movie went to school, it would definitely be taking the short bus. Focker....OUT!
post #21 of 25
The version i rented from Netflix was the standard version of the movie without any extras. Smart move, Lionsgate. I thought the audio quality was soso and the picture was decent. TOo much cgi. As for the movie it was pretty good. Wonder how the sequel will do....
post #22 of 25
Thanks for the review Ralph. This is actually a movie both my wife and i enjoyed. Certainly just a renter and a one off view, but entertaining none the less. Hopefully a sequel is just a pipe dream and not a reality.
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Originally Posted by chrischaos View Post

Thanks for the review Ralph. This is actually a movie both my wife and i enjoyed. Certainly just a renter and a one off view, but entertaining none the less. Hopefully a sequel is just a pipe dream and not a reality.

Greetings,

You're welcome Chris and I am glad you both enjoyed it. smile.gif

Regards,
post #24 of 25
Well - just watched this tonight, and this movie beat all my expectations, and my 3 kids, ages 7, 9, and 11 loved it also.
Recommend it strongly.
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Now you see me comes to Blu-ray Disc from Summit Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 21 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5.8 Mbps.
Ralph - my Redbox version was "only" DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound, not 7.1
I even went into the set-up and did the Audio select, then the 5.1 test, which only had side surrounds not rear surrounds......

Checking http://www.dts.com/news/articles/2013/09/now-you-see-me.aspx
I see this, even though my NeoX processing upconverted the 5.1 MA to 11.3, I still feel "cheated" if there are 2 versions out there...
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A team of illusionists use their magic performances to pull off bank heists in “Now You See Me,” now available on Blu-ray with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1.
5 out of 5 for Audio Quality

“Now You See Me's lossless DTS-HD Master 7.1 mix pulls few punches in its most aggressive moments, which include a couple of fantastic car chases and at least one knock down, drag out fight… But the immersion isn't necessarily limited to these ostensibly showiest moments. The huge Vegas set piece, which is visually stunning due to Lettelier's nonstop use of reeling crane shots, is just as impressive from a sound design perspective, with audience sounds spilling through the surrounds like waves breaking against the shore...” ---Blu-ray.com

Screen shot from my Redbox rental disk shows 5.1 MA

Edited by mtbdudex - 9/21/13 at 4:10am
post #25 of 25
I just got around to watching this last night. Ralph is spot on with the movie review, while a little entertaining, but somehow not satisfying. I hated the camera work because anytime you use the camera to simulate fast pace actions (shaky, fast pans and cuts), it usually means the movie is lacking. For most of the movie, I was hoping that Mark Ruffalo would just turn into the Hulk and starts smashing.
Edited by mifronte - 11/7/13 at 9:49am
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