5 A great movie, a great looking HD DVD.Macjoe | 18/06/2007 | See all Macjoe's reviews (1)The Movie.....Nolan was brought to everyone's attention with the cryptic mystery thriller "Memento" in 2000. Since then he has done Pacino flick "Insomnia" in 2001 and restarted the Batman franchise with "Batman Begins". Batman Begins had less of a director stamp on it than the other two. Insomnia and Memento have a fractured narrative editing style. He wasn't afraid to jump freely between flashback and flashforward, or in the case of Insomnia to follow Pacino's jumps of time while he was passed out. What he learned whilst making those films he has clearly carried over to The Prestige. But on a lighter level. He jumps around in time with aplomb but never leaves the viewer confused. Thus the film unfolds sort of backwards, sort of not. Much like one of those naughty magicians he shows you the trick of the story, then tracks back and shows you how it was done. The main selling point of this film is intended to be it's "twists". You'll probably work it out if you really aim to watch the film and break it. But I would say don't worry about that. The unfolding of what's happened is a great journey. It's best viewed semi switched off.The HD DVD itself....This is the first UK HD DVD I have purchased. My previous HD DVD buys have been US imports. I've rented loads of UK discs and own about 20. I suspect this is fairly commons presently, and because this film isn't out on HD DVD in the states I would think this UK Warner Release will sell like hot cakes..For a first home ground purchase this couldn't be a better movie. It's one I regretted missing at the cinema.The US Blu-Ray release is widely regarded as a great transfer. I was apprehensive about Warner Bros matching that with this UK version. I wasn't disappointed, it's very good. It has verging on reference levels of detail (eg. You can see which direction the cloth's nap lays on Michael Cain's Bowler Hat) and it has some strong black levels. From the way Nolan has shot the film, many of the interior scenes have a very narrow depth of focus, meaning back grounds aren't more than a blur. But once the film opens up for the stage performances there is a great sense of depth. When the electrical bolt visual effects come along they are super crisp and clean. Also there isn't any film damage, the source is in great shape.While the audio isn't lossless, the Dolby Digital Plus track is very nice, speech is a smooth and a reasonable level. This film is dialogue heavy with some light orchestration from time to time. The surrounds come to life when the electrical arching and crashing effects start going off. There is a good sense of the room the effects are happening in, very immersive with the sub handling the echos.While the back of the box states that the extras are in 480i/p. The 20 minutes of interviews, which are very well made by the way, are in full 1080p. The stills gallery is also in 1080p, and there are some lovely shots to look through... The extra's are the same as the US Blu-Ray...To sum up...A great HD DVD and a great movie.