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    Unique ID Code: 0000022483
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    Added on: 9/9/2001 12:11
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    Messenger, The: The Story of Joan of Arc (US)

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    "A Gorgeous Epic…Easily The Best…Since "Braveheart". - Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 158 mins
    Retail Price: $24.95
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    The year is 1429. France is in political and religious turmoil as members of the royal family battle for rule. But one peasant girl from a remote village gave her country the miracle it was looking for. Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Dazed and Confused) is Joan of Arc, a young woman who would inspire and lead her countrymen until her execution at the age of nineteen. Raised in a religious family, Joan witnessed her sister`s rape and death at the hands of an invading army. Years later, as the same war raged on, Joan stood before her king with a message she claimed came from God: give her an army, and in God`s name she would reclaim his diminished kingdom.

    But was the message real, or the delusion of a girl whose life had been shattered? This startling epic drama by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) explores the life of Joan of Arc, her amazing victories, relationship with God, and tragic death. Co-starring John Malkovich and Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway, The Messenger is a modern take on a medieval saint who enthralls people even today.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    "The Messenger: The Search For The Real Joan Of Arc" HBO First Look
    Isolated Music Score
    Theatrical Trailers
    Talent Files

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Luc Besson

    Written By:

    Vincent Cassel
    Pascal Greggory
    Tchéky Karyo
    John Malkovich
    Faye Dunaway
    Dustin Hoffman
    Milla Jovovich

    Casting By:
    Lucinda Syson

    Soundtrack By:
    Eric Serra

    Director of Photography:
    Thierry Arbogast

    Sylvie Landra

    Costume Designer:
    Catherine Leterrier

    Production Designer:
    Hugues Tissandier

    Oldrich Mach
    Marc Jenny

    Executive Producer:
    Patrice Ledoux
    Bernard Grenet

    Columbia / Tristar

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    A long and mostly boring movie about Joan of Arc`s life.
    The acting is good, although the usage of the "F" word seems inadequate for the year 1429.
    The video transfer is good. there are no compressions signs and the visuals are very impressive.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is good. The surrounds are mainly used during the battle scenes, but also during several quiet, hallucinated scenes.
    The menus are all still.
    The extras include a behind the scenes look and an isolated music score.
    Bottom line - despite everything - boring. Burn the witch.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 9/9/2001 14:14