Adapted from a graphic novel, "V FOR VENDETTA" while overlong and in need of dire editing, it still manages to provide some stunning, thought provoking scenes, at times coming close to being a masterpiece. Sure, it has numerous flaws and is far too predictable at times, but "V FOR VENDETTA" breaks ground in many ways, deserving praise for at least trying to push the envelope. It's also one of the most intentionally politically charged films of recent memory, pulling no strings in attacking the Bush administration through metaphor. The opening sequence, briefly revolving around the Guy Fawkes attempt at blowing up Parliament, foreshadows the kind of fantastic imagery to come, and it's a shame more of the film wasn't devoted to this period. However, even this open-minded reviewer has a problem with the idea of glorifying a true scumbag like Fawkes.
Natalie Portman is wonderful as the main character here and she provides even more versatility than in previous films, varying between sexy, tough, sympathetic and more, often within the same scene!
WARNER BROS. has preserved the film's 2.35:1 aspect ratio with a 1080p/VC-1 transfer. The design of the film offers unique challenges for any transfer. Scenes vary intentionally in terms of color schemes, softness and other important elements. However, the detail is typically brilliant and, when intended, colors are extremely vibrant. While some scenes offer an intentionally soft look that's annoying, the bulk of the film looks sensational. There are plenty of dark moments, and the detail, due to deep blacks and grays, is always impressive.
WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby TrueHd 5.1 mix. It offers stunning detail amidst layers upon layers of effects. Music, dialogue and panning effects compliment one another without ever overshadowing. What's perhaps most surprising about this film is the lack of many all-out action sequences. Still, surround and discrete effects are used to enhance the atmosphere to every scene.
All of the featurettes from the dvd have been carried over and there's a great "In Movie Experience" video commentary with the film's director offered here, that's well worth observing.