Now You See Me - Summit Entertainment - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco. Full cast + crew
This summer saw a pretty sizeable crop of original films, though most were overshadowed by the big sequels and remakes that dominated the box office. Now You See Me is one of the few original films that did manage to hold its own amid the mix, both critically and commercially. It's a fun, clever riff on heist films with a timely story about stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
This is the kind of movie that should, in a just world, go on to become an even bigger, word-of-mouth, postrelease hit like The Italian Job remake thanks to its great ensemble and a nice spattering of big set pieces.
Note: This release contains the extended edition of the film, which features 16 total minutes of changes.
Read our interview with director Louis Leterrier.
Special Features: Commentary with Leterrier and producer Bobby Cohen (on the theatrical cut only); "Now You See Me Revealed" (16 minutes), a pretty broad chunk of cast interviews about the film; "A Brief History of Magic" (12 minutes), the film's magic consultant, David Kwong, gives a bit of a background on famous magicians; deleted scenes (a whopping 32 minutes worth); trailers.
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Worth talking about on the TV front is the release of the latest seasons of two of the funniest shows airing these days: The League and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The former is a raunchy, vulgar comedy about a group of terrible human beings and the awful things they do to each other in the name of fantasy football-- and it's kind of awesome. You can jump into the show at any season without feeling lost, which is great, but you should probably play catchup to get to season four to be able to appreciate all of the characters. And don't worry, you don't have to know sports to get the humor of the show, but you will need to have a rather dirty sense of humor.
A little less vulgar and a bit more twisted is It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has survived for eight seasons now and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. In fact, season eight may just be their best one yet, since it features Nazis, Zombies, and plenty of knocks on the 1%.
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