V for Vendetta
The movie adaptation of Alan Moore’s comic series V for Vendetta has just been released on DVD.
Out of the shadows like a whirlwind V emerges to urge the people of England to stand up against Sutler, the dictator that rules the suppressed England with an iron fist. V, the man hidden behind a Guy Fawkes mask, is suddenly becoming the most wanted man in this future England as he threatens Sutler’s rule. Evey, a young girl, suddenly finds herself in the middle of it all as she struggles with her inner self to determine who she is and what she wants.
Owen Jones has already done a review of the movie that you can read here, so I won't be going into that in much detail.
However as one who hasn't read any of the comics I must say I found the movie to be quite entertaining. Although I think it had the potential to be much much more. I must admit that after seeing Sin City that's what I tend to compare these types of movies with it and I think it's safe to say that V for Vendetta definitely is not in the same league.
The DVD release comes in a two-disc special edition and with a whole disc of special features I had really high hopes for the extra features that would come with the release.
There are two features where cast and crew comments of the making of the movie so that part is covered quite well, each about 15 minutes long. For me these are the two features that were really interesting and relevant to the movie.
"England Prevails: V for Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics" is another feature where David Lloyd, Bill Sienkiwicz, Paul Levitz and others from the comics industry talk about graphic novels. On the second menu of the second disc there's also an "Easter egg" of a rapping and swearing Natalie Portman on Saturday Night Live. There's also a trailer and a music video montage on the discs. Then we have the "Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot" which is a historical piece about Guy Fawkes who once tried to blow up the English Parliament. Interesting enough if you're into history, but I can't help get the feeling that it's just another filler on this DVD. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing wrong with a bit of background info, but with the lack of what I would characterize as the good stuff, deleted scenes, audio commentary and so on it seems a bit to many of these somewhat related feature compared to the ones directly related to the movie itself.
All in all it's an entertaining movie, but this two-disc special edition lacks the special features one would have expected from such a release.
Review by Dag