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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Blu-ray Disc, 2009)

Stephen Norrington, Sean Connery | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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Stephen Norrington's THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN begins in 1899 London where, due to some cataclysmic events in England and Germany, the world is on the brink of war. Mycroft Holmes (Richard Roxburgh) is sent by the British government to round up various figures from Victorian-era literature in an attempt to find some solution. First on the list is explorer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery), quickly installed as leader of the ramshackle outfit. Among the plethora of mythical figures joining Quatermain are The Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Jekyll and Hyde, Dorian Gray, and many others. Initially the League are sent to Prague to prevent a series of bombs from exploding, causing some spectacular set pieces as the merry band of rogues use all their special skills to fend off the evil forces. This is only the start of their journey however, and there are plenty of surprises for these courageous battlers, not least when they discover who is really behind all the chaos they have tried so hard to control.Working with material from comic book veteran Alan Moore (who also penned FROM HELL), director Norrington (BLADE) draws on some interesting traits and legends from his characters, such as Dorian Gray's painting and Dr. Jekyll's potion. Making sure each member is far from infallible, Norrington paints a sympathetic portrait of flawed heroes battling against the odds, with some spectacular action sequences, and humorous asides.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 024543396000

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Genre:Action/Adventure
Format:Blu-ray Disc

Director:Stephen Norrington
Leading Role:Sean Connery
eBay Product ID: EPID55447884

Editorial reviews

"..This highly elaborate venture offers some appealing elements..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (07/14/2003)

"...Naseeruddin Shah makes a splendidly bearded Captain Nemo..."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (10/10/2003)

"What's new is a complex BEING JOHN MALKOVICH-style plot which sees fictional Royston Vasey characters enter our world through a portal and torment their real-life creators�.APOCALYPSE still manages plenty of hilarious moments."
Uncut - Edward Lawrenson (07/01/2005)

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Created: 10/08/06

Great intentions with good results

Hollywood seems to find no end of comic book type heroes and legends to resurrect for the silver screen. It can be a bit tedious, wondering what they'll come up with next but they've done well with this entry for the genre. There is much to look at in LXG (catchy abbreviation!), none the least of which is Sean Connery ..... my, my, my; difficult to be a warm-blooded female and not be taken in by the sheer masculinity of Sean Connery.
The problem is, while the intentions of the casting/film director are honorable and admirable, the plot-line and flow are somewhat awkward due to the miscasting of my favorite lead actor. Sean Connery is a little long in the tooth to play Allan Quatermain and seems somewhat detached, almost disinterested in the murky plot. He helps create a movie that is great in some places but only so-so in others. The bits of injected humor are welcome and definitely necessary but they are too few to make you forget what is missing in the general content of the film.
Undoubtedly a very difficult script to cast and probably even more challenging to accurately stage, the results are for the most part good but not what one could consider outstanding by any means. What allows this movie to rise to a 4/5 rating are the tightly filmed action sequences and the wondrous special effects that will have you muttering to yourself, How do they DO that anyway?
The bottom line? Definitely worth a look, particularly if you are a sci-fi/action/adventure kind of movie-goer. And ladies, even if you're not ..... my, my, my.

Regards, Deborah

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Created: 08/07/06

Remembering when

I grew up in the late boomers generation. I cut yards on the weekend to have a little cash to buy those things that mom and dad could not afford. Comic books.... This movie is awesome. It combines child hood heroes of old with todays fresh appeal. I could only wish my dreams as a child were this imaginative.

The ride of course is with memorable giants in literature like Alan Quartermane, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Dorian Gray, The Invisible man, Mr Hyde and Tom Sawer who is all grown up and well really kinda cool.

Lets get this disclaimer going though.. If you are not into sci-fi or action or comics stay the heck away from this movie. It is not for you. If you on the other hand like if you have a flare for imagination and if you are an outgoing fun loving hang on to the edge of your seat kind of person THIS MOVIE IS FOR YOU!

The premise is that someone is trying to draw the world into a bitter war and that Brittan assembles a team to go after the bad guy. It is typical good vs evil, The special effects are really ingenious.

I am a self described movie nut who loves sci-fi, horror, action and occasional documentary.

Jess

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Created: 10/28/08

Movie adaptation of Graphic Novel

This was a comic book or series of comic books that were bound together into a Graphic Novel. Like "300", "V for Vendetta" or the New "Watchmen" this was much better left as a Comic book and not a Movie. This story line was not from the Book but completely movie generated. I always question why Hollywood takes a perfectly good book and changes it for the movies. But Alan Moore is a Comic Genius and this is pulled off quite well. This is a Pre 1900 Super Hero Team that is formed under Sean Connery's Character Alan Quartermain. There is an Invisible Man, Captian Nemo (20,000 Leagues under the Sea), A Vampiress (Mina Harker from Dracula), Dr. Jekell/Mr. Hyde, Tom Sawyer(this guy was never in the comic), and others. This follows there adventures against a Super Villian named The Phantom (not of the Opera, but he does have a silly mask). If you are a comic or Hero fan this is worth a watch.

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Created: 07/10/09

A truly awesome movie!

For the classic comic book lover, or even if you never cared for comics. My dad couldn't care one wit about comic books, but when he watched it he was excited to see characters he remembered from his youth, like the green hornet and the invisible man and of course Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. This movie puts a serious spin on the characters frmo past comics and combines a 50's style with a modern touch incorporating high tech boats and cars that were created for the use of the Extraordinary Gentlemen. The action was amazin, the graphics and special affects were amazing! You can't go wrong with this movie.

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Created: 04/18/08

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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A fast paced Action fare; but thin on plot and character development. The lead roles seem shallow and it is assumed by the Producer/Director that the audience knows all about the characters past heroics/deeds and mis-deeds. This puts the motivation for the movie at risk. We never get to understand the why behind the villian - why is he angry, why this type of lash out against society; why does this group of adventurers seems to know everything he is going to do but have no clue who he is. The science seems about 40 years too advanced for a near 1900 year setting. HOWEVER, even with all these flaws, it is enjoyable to watch Sean Connery in what is close to his last acting show.
It is a diverting yarn; pleasant to watch but will not keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. But to pass about 2 hours away on a lazy afternoon or evening - it's just the light action fare you'd enjoy watching.

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