V for Vendetta
While America is getting torn apart by a new civil war, the United Kingdom rises again to its glory. However, this comes at the cost of being subject to a totalitarian regime where freedom of speech is nowhere to be found and where a permanent curfew is set in place. People tresspassing or not follow the rules strictly get to have severe repercussions and fear has become the ultimate weapon. One night on November the 5th, a man wearing a mask blows up one of the national symbols and promises that exactly one year later he’s blow up the parliament. As of that moment, Inspector Finch is ordered to find this terrorist who calls himself “V” and bring him down.
With only a mysterious girl standing next to “V” the night of the attack to go on, Finch starts his investigation to retrieve the whereabouts of the terrorist, but what he finds is more than he ever expected.
Sound and Vision:
Despite the many dark scenes, V for Vendetta never lacks detail and at no time will you be peering at the screen wondering what’s going on. The contrast is perfectly set for the movie and compression errors are nowhere to be found.
There’s a noticeable difference in volume between the scenes when it comes to dialogues. You’ll for instance hear that the standard dialogues are a bit on the soft side, but when the acting stops and the only sound that’s present is V’s breathing, this will be perfectly heard. Quite a shame seeing that for the rest there’s nothing at all to complain about. The surround channels are used actively to create additional atmosphere and support the effects you get to see on the screen. Also the subwoofer gets its piece of the action and perfectly supports the whole.
– Designing the Near Future: an extensive behind the scenes look at the art design
– Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes And The Gunpowder Plot: short featurette on Guy Fawkes who tried to blow up Westminster Palace
– England Prevails: V For Vendetta And The New Wave In Comics: 15 minute feature that lets authors, publishers and comic book critics give some more in-depth info on their work that has changed over the years
– Freedom! Forever!: Making V For Vendetta: promotional documentary
– Cat Power Montage: montage on the number “I Found a Reason” of Cat Power
– Soundtrack Album info: static pages with some info
From time to time a movie will come by that gives you goosebumps. Folks, V for Vendetta is one of those! Don’t expect Matrix-like action all the time but instead you get a movie that grabs you by the balls from the very first minute and slowly but steadily ramps up space until you arrive at a finale that little movies can equal. Natalie Portman shows us that she can do more than play some silly Star Wars broad while Hugo Weaving prooves that even with a fixed mask a terrific actor can give expression to his character. Add to that a perfectly cast Stephen Rea as the inspector that is looking for the truth and a fantastic John Hurt as the British dictator and you end up with characters that remain believeable despite the fact that they’ve started their existence in a comic book.
Warner delivers a high quality product with this steelbook dvd release that has impeccable image and sound quality and comes but a buttload of interesting extras. If there’s one dvd you need to get this year, it’s this one!