Prepare to be amazed in Now You See Me as "The Four Horsemen," a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists, pull off a series of daring heists while evading a squad of FBI agents and an Interpol detective trying to stop them before their most daring final trick! The Four Horseman, a magic super-group led by the charismatic J. Daniel Atlas (Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech, high-profile magic shows, while amazing audiences by remotely robbing a Paris bank while in Las Vegas, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members' bank accounts, baffling the authorities. FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he's forced to partner with Alma (Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation, he turns to a famed magic debunker (Freeman), who claims the Paris bank trick was actually a meticulously planned illusion. Dylan and Alma begin to wonder if the Horsemen have an outside point person, if so, finding him (or her) would be the key to ending the magicians' crime spree. (Gary Reber)
Both the Extended Director's Cut featuring 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage (02:04:48) and the theatrical version (01:55:21) are available. Special features include commentary with Producer Buddy Cohen and Director Louis Leterrier (theatrical cut only), the featurettes Now You See Me Revealed (HD 15:38) and A Brief History Of Magic (HD 11:52), 13 deleted scenes (HD 31:57), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific. Colors are nicely saturated throughout. Hues are rich and warm, with vibrant accents. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are naturally hued and realistic. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail and clarity exhibited throughout, especially during close-ups. The staging during "The Four Horsemen" performances is grand scaled. The cinematography is slick and visually engaging. This is a fascinating visual experience that is terrifically cinematic. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is effectively holosonic®, with an expansive soundfield enhanced with a sweeping rhythmic orchestral music score and atmospherics such as the live audiences during performances. The music is well recorded with a nuanced articulation of instruments that are imaged wide across the soundstage with depth. The music extends to the surrounds and sounds fully immersive, with all channels energized. The added two channels are positioned to the back, instead of to the 90-degree sides. Atmospherics and sound effects, as well as Foley, enhance the action scenes. The .1 LFE channel energizes the sonics with deep sub-25 Hz bass that sounds unexaggerated. Dialogue is consistently intelligible and often nicely integrated spatially. This is a dynamically twisting sonic experience that really energizes the proceedings. (Gary Reber)