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This film was an enjoyable surprise, although it was made in 1998, I'd never heard of a film called Immortality (the Region 1 DVD distribution title), in place of the original theatrical title The Wisdom of Crocodiles, which is more appropriate.


This is an enjoyable, romantic, and suspensefull movie about a vampire, in contrast to the formulaic vampire movie. It will appeal to both afficianadoes of the vampire cinema, and to others - it could even be a "chick flick" if you could talk her through the first female victim, whose killing happens early on before much of the character development.


This is a very atypical entry in the vampire genre in the sense that there is no mysticism, no nonsense about sunlight causing the vampire to combust, and no foolishness about crosses and holy water. (I enjoy those sorts of film as well, but read on.) This vampire is centuries old, a scientist and a medical researcher, and although we never learn the precise story of his origin, we get some of his personal history and his quest to understand himself and his condition. His misfortune is he cannot simply feast on the blood of his female victims - unless they love him, there is no nourishment to be gained. Without planning to, he chances to fall deeply and passionately in love with one victim, to the point he cannot feed upon her.


Jude Law plays the vampire, his romantic interest is the beautiful and intriging Elina Lowenstein, and the supporting cast is strong as well. The setting is contemporary London, and there is a sub-theme of a police procedural, also well done.


The DVD is anamorphic 1.85:1 AR and has Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. There are some extras on the disk including a "making of" featurette I did not have time to play.


Highly reccomended for all except children, and as a keeper to those who love the vampire cinema.


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This is worth buying since it occassionally pops up at Circuit City for $7.99 (?). This is an intelligent person's vampire film, many IQ points ahead of Queen of the Damned or Interview with the Vampire. Jude Law rules. His secret "room" is one of the film's highlights.


When you look back at Law's acting career, your respect for him increases multi-fold. Great job as:


Hitman in Road to Perdition


Gigolo Joe character in AI


Rich man's son in Talented Mr. Ripley


Russian sniper in Enemy at the Gates


Ill-fated guy in Gattaca



Choosing dvds to buy or rent is sometimes pot-luck. When you find an actor of merit, just put his movies on your to-be-watched list.
 
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