V For Vendetta 4K

         review by Bobby Blakey

These days there seems to be another comic book film coming out all the time. This wasn’t always the case and not all of them were straight up superhero flicks. In 2005 director James McTeigue brought the Alan Moore and David Lloyd graphic novel V For Vendetta to life with the Wachowskis writing and producing. Now the film is making its debut on 4K in sadly the most appropriate time.

V For Vendetta follows the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey, in a futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, who is rescued from a dire situation by a masked vigilante known only as “V.”  Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he detonates two London landmarks and takes over the government-controlled airwaves, urging his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression.  As Evey uncovers the truth about V’s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself – and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with fear, cruelty and corruption.

 

I haven’t revisited this movie since it came out so wasn’t sure how well it was going to hold up and I must say that not only did I still enjoy it I liked it even more. I know that the film adaptation is not exact from the comic, but I love the direction this film took the story. Seeing it back in 2005 it was just another comic adaptation but there is so much relevance to it in comparison to the world today which is not a good thing. The overall tone and visuals set up this futuristic type film while still being grounded in its own reality.  

 

The cast are great with Portman bringing the innocence and fear needed to invest in her situation. The real star here is Hugo Weaving as V whom you never see his face. The tone in his voice matched with this insane dialogue is

just so good and has an iconic feel to it all. It’s always hard to pull off a character with no facial features, but it works and his look is just cool as hell. That look coupled with some great action helps to take this film to a different place than it might have otherwise with this kind of story.

 

In the end the film still delivers and I loved it all over again. The new 4K transfer looks awesome and allows the viewers to see the film like it should be seen. In addition to the film in 4K Ultra this release offers up bonus content including auditions, interviews, featurettes and more.

 

Grab your copy of V For Vendetta on 4K Ultra available now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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