League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The (Wide Screen) (Two Discs)
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Stephen Norringtons 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 Grays painting and Dr. Jekylls 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.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Review
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" arrives in plenty of time for the half term holiday and its easy to see why: it's an action-packed popcorn tale will go down a storm with bored schoolboys looking for a fun way to wile away a damp October day. This tale of an unlikely band of Victorian literary characters stars Sean Connery as ageing action hero Allan Quartermain, a man who recruits legendary seafarer Captain Nemo, US Secret Service agent Tom Sawyer, Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde, the immortal and ever youthful Dorian Gray, Dracula victim Mina Harker and an Invisible Man to take on the international menace of The Fantom, a dastardly villain determined to topple the countries of the globe into a world war. Can our gallant band of brave adventurers stop him? Well, what do you think?
This movie had what they politely refer to in Hollywood as a "troubled production." Sets were swept away by floods and the director and leading man practically came to blows on set. What's more, the fact that the movie is liberally adapted from a successful graphic novel meant that there were countless fan boys out there determined not to enjoy it before they'd even bought a ticket. However if you can forget about all that baggage then you're left with a fairly typical Hollywood blockbuster. The script may contain some curious lapses of logic but the film is ultimately built around a truly entertaining premise and certainly delivers the CGI set pieces we have come to expect. "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" is not then a film for critics, but is instead a prime slice of Saturday night Hollywood hokum.
Audio Commentary By Producers Don Murphy And Trevor Albert And Actors Jason Flemyng Tony Curan And Shane West, Audio Commentary By Jacqueline West John Sullivan And Matthew Gratzer, Matters Of Pre Visualisation, Stills Gallery, Assembling The League, Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes, Behind The Fantasy, European Premieres, 2 Trailers, 12 TV Spots, Posters
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Anamorphic Wide Screen\16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: DTS 5.1\Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 106 minutes
Production Year: 2003
Main Language: English
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
Classification: Action Adventure
Certificate: 12 Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Director Name: Stephen Norrington
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