MVD Entertainment Group has added 20th Century Fox’s 2006 period drama The Illusionist to its MVD Marquee series.
The company is scheduled to re-issue the movie, which stars Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, 12 Years A Slave), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, American History X, Birdman) and Jessica Biel (7th Heaven, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, I’ll Be Home For Christmas) in its lead roles.
The movie’s story, which is set in 19th Century Vienna, features Norton and Giamatti as Eisenheim and Inspector Uhl respectively. Eisenheim wants to win the affections of the Duchess Sophie van Teschen (Biel), but Uhl stands in Eisenheim’s way, working for the Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell — A Knight’s Tale, Dark City, Tristan + Isolde) as he, too, looks to win Sophie’s hand and heart, but for his own selfish purposes rather than for love. The story follows Eisenheim as he uses his magic skills to win over Sophie and ultimately results in a twist ending that viewers never would have seen coming.
MVD Entertainment’s forthcoming re-issue of The Illusionist will feature the same bonus features included in the movie’s original release, a feature-length commentary from writer/director Neil Burger, a making of featurette and interview with Biel, in which she discusses the movie.
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