Robert and Alfred are both very ambitious magicians who have their own vision of what magic is all about. Still, that doesn’t prevent them from working together at the same show, until Robert’s wife dies during a trick where she got put in a metal case filled with water and she didn’t manage to get Alfred’s knob untied. From that moment on, Robert is filled with grief and the two part to make their own career. Robert, however, wants to get back at Alfred and the two get into a spiral of envy and paranoia towards each other. Constantly they try to steal each others tricks while also sabotaging the other’s performances. When Alfred manages to pull off an unexplainable trick, Robert goes out to find the secret behind it and he will stop at nothing to get it…
Sound and Vision:
The Prestige has excellent image quality with good contrast, lots of detail, no compression errors and no problems what so ever on any field.
The sound is pretty decent as well with good use of the surround speakers for special effects and music while also the subwoofer gets its piece of the action and dialogues that are crystal clear.
– The Director’s Notebook: a couple of short features that cover the most important parts of the making of the movie. Most of the main cast & crew give their opinion on things through interview fragments
– The Art of the Prestige: several collections of stills
The Prestige was released around the same time as The Illusionist and managed to become a bigger success. I must admit that the acting is excellent with good work from the main cast and the storyline manages to keep you interested for the entire 125 minutes despite having some predictable plot twists. Still, in my opinion, The Illusionist manages to have a better creation of the atmosphere which makes it look more like a dark fairytale while The Prestige is more a rather standard thriller set in ancient times. At the box office, The Prestige did better than The Illusionist but if you really have to choose between both, my preference would go to the latter. If you don’t have to choose, get both, you won’t regret it
This dvd comes with a couple of interesting extras in The Director’s Notebook but I wonder who is interesting in checking out pictures (The Art of The Prestige). On image and sound there’s nothing to comment, they’re both excellent.