IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Now You See Me'

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IAR Blu-ray Preview: 'Now You See Me'

"The closer you look, the less you see," says Jesse Eisenberg as master illusionist J. Daniel Atlas in Now You See Me.

Atlas is doubtless correct about his profession, in which sleight of hand, cleverness, and artful misdirection ensure that the audience is never quite looking in the right place.  He's right about magic, but wrong about his movie on Blu-ray.  With Now You See Me arriving in high-definition this week, the closer you look at this fun, fast-paced thriller, the more you'll see.

In a summer of city-destroying superheroes, spacefaring action, zombie invasions, and cars driven faster and more furious than ever before, Now You See Me represented a surprise success, a big worldwide hit not based upon a familiar property.

Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk), the movie combines the smart reveals of professional magic with the twisty, nimble reveals of a heist movie.  Eisenberg (The Social Network), Woody Harrelson (Rampart), Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby), and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) star as a showman, a mentalist, an escape artist, and close-up trickster.  Together, this quartet of pro magicians known as the Four Horsemen don't simply put on tremendous stage shows filled with mind-boggling illusions, but they also shower their audiences with cash righteously stolen from the ruling class.

As the magicians escalate to ever more impressive tricks and new levels of Robin Hood-style theft, they attract the attention of an FBI and Interpol agent, played respectively by Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) and Melanie Laurent (Beginners).  Michael Caine (The Dark Knight), meanwhile, plays the millionaire who funds the Four Horsemen, and Morgan Freeman (Oblivion) adds even more gravitas as an illusion-exposing former magician who teams up with the law to take down our heroes.

This potent mix results in a crowdpleaser so potent that Lionsgate is currently planning a sequel continuing the adventures of the Four Horsemen.

The sequel is a few years off, but Now You See Me arrives on Blu-ray this Tuesday, September 3rd.

The film will be available on a two-disc set.  The Combo Pack features the film in high-definition on Blu-ray, along with a copy of the movie on DVD.  The Combo Pack features two different versions of the film: the theatrical cut, as well as a new extended edition that includes ten full minutes of additional material.

The Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers, compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

On Blu-ray, the movie's aural landscape is immersive and well-balanced thanks to a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound track, as well as a Dolby 2.0 track balanced for late-night viewing. Leterrier's blockbuster visuals are done justice with a 1080p AVC-encoded transfer of the stellar 2.40:1 picture packed with vibrant color, light, and motion.

Magicians may have to keep the nature of their tricks secret, but Now You See Me exposes many of its secrets with a huge helping of supplemental features.  Leterrier and producer Bobby Cohen team up for a commentary track that offers new insight and anecdotes on the film and its production.  There are also two featurettes.  The first is "Now You See Me Revealed," a 15:38 promotional doc that boasts interviews with the stars and filmmakers.  Then there's "A Brief History of Magic," which clocks in at 11:52.  Magician David Kwong, who acted as a consultant on the film, runs through real-life magicians who originated or used the same techniques employed by the Four Horsemen.  The disc also includes a teaser and theatrical trailer.

That's not all, though.  On Blu-ray, Now You See Me also arrives accompanied by 32 minutes of deleted scenes, including an alternate ending.  That's in addition to the extended edition version of the film, which Leterrier himself revealed last week features a sequence designed specifically to lead into the sequel.

This Tuesday, September 3rd, you can look closer and hopefully see more thanks to Now You See Me on Blu-ray.

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