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an entertaining film about magic taken to its climax (in UHD and Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

The Four Horsemen, a group of magicians and illusionists, have just given two breathtaking shows: the first by robbing a bank on another continent, the second by transferring the fortune of a crooked banker to the public’s bank accounts. Two special agents from the FBI and Interpol are determined to stop them. They call on Thaddeus Bradley, a recognized specialist to explain the most sophisticated magic tricks…

• Original title: Now You See Me
• Media tested: UHD
• Genre: thriller, detective
• Year 2013
• Director: Louis Leterrier
• Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, José Garcia
• Duration: 1 h 55 min 21
• Video format: 16:9
• Cinema format: 2.40/1 (HDR 10, Dolby Vision)
• Subtitling: French
• Soundtracks: Dolby Atmos TrueHD 7.1 English – DTS-HD MA 5.1 French
• Soundtracks on Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 7.1 English – DTS-HD MA 5.1 French
• Bonus: combo with the UHD of the film in cinema version and the Blu-ray of the film in long version (2 h 05 min 00) and cinema version (1 h 55 min 33)
• Bonus on UHD and Blu-ray: audio commentary by Louis Leterrier and Bobby Cohen (VOST)
• Bonus on the Blu-ray: Making of (VOST, 15 min 41) – 13 deleted scenes (VOST, 31 min 54) – A story of magic (VOST, 11 min 53) – interview with Louis Leterrier (2013, 19 min 06) – trailer (VF, 1 min 34) – Teaser (VF, 1 min 40)
• Publisher: M6 Video SND

Art commentary

Elusive (Now You See Me) is a pleasant entertainment which skilfully combines the fascination of the magic spectacle with the pleasure of the suspense produced by a skilful illusionist montage. This captivating thriller, which can be savored without a second thought, invites us to follow the unimaginable tricks of a quartet of magicians in an action atmosphere worthy of the series. Impossible mission… pushed to its extremes. Directed in 2013 by our compatriot Louis Leterrier, who has proven his ability to direct solid and profitable blockbusters, Elusive brings together a star-studded cast to interpret the members of the show “The Four Horsemen”: two illusionists, Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) and Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), a mentalist and hypnotist Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and a magician Jack Wilder (Dave Frank). This quartet is sponsored by the wealthy Artur Tressler (Michael Caine). To unmask them and prevent them from acting, an FBI inspector Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is assisted by a seductive French Interpol agent Alma Dray (Mélanie Laurent): an unlikely duo that works for sure. The last pawn of the story, Thaddeus Bradley, is embodied with his usual know-how by Morgan Freeman. All these actors, very well filmed and directed, play the game with jubilation, if not naturalism, and ardently accompany a showy, twirling and unleashed production. The dizzying movements of the cameras, which participate in the energy constantly deployed in the film, are savored for their dynamic action, even if this choice does not really contribute to the fluidity of the narration. The plot, particularly tortuous, manages to surprise at the cost of convoluted drama and not very coherent explanations: whatever, it will be enough to let yourself be carried away by the frenzy of the show to savor it. This film, which benefited from the advice of the magician David Kwong (see bonus), illustrates the magic brought to its climax: a challenge very well met by this cerebral and rhythmic thriller which, despite a tendency to oversize the situations and the characters, manages without difficulty to embark the consenting spectator in a show of hair-raising magic. The few French touches disseminated by the staging (bank with the participation of José Garcia, charming inspector, Passerelle des Arts, etc.) in Elusive are undoubtedly an additional reason to (re)watch this film of pure entertainment.

UHD Elusive

Technical Comment

Image : UHD copy, no native 4K, excellent definition and constant sharpness on close-ups, film texture present but homogeneous (shooting in 35 mm with Arriflex 235 cameras, Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panaflex Lightweoght, Millennium XL2, Platinum, Master Format 2K ), excellent HDR handling of huge contrast variations between outdoor and indoor scenes, dense blacks, naturalistic shimmering color grading, nuanced colorimetry with warm natural hues

His : English mix Dolby Atmos, very distinct centered dialogues, superb dynamics that support the atmospheres (audience of shows, action scenes) and the energetic music of Brian Tyler, totally immersive spatialization, spectacular sound distribution on all surrounds, effectively solicited height channels that really magnify space, solid and constant LFE; VF 5.1, clear and dynamic, neat but artificial dubbing, spatialization that cannot compete with the more open version of the original version

Our opinion

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Bonuses: Red StarRed StarRed Starhalf red stargray star(3.5/5)
Packaging: blue Starblue Starhalf blue stargray stargray star(2.5/5)

IMDb : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1670345/

UHD/Blu-ray combo available on Amazon

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