based on a story inspired
Disneys Mickey Mouse version
Fantasia), the 2010 action adventure
film starring Nicolas Cage is billed
as this years
ultimate family fantasy
movie and delves into the realms of
the Arthurian legend...
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE benefits from the casting
of the ever-dependable Nicolas Cage as the centuries-old master sorcerer Balthazar
Blake, a trusted follower of Merlin, and Jay Baruchel as a rather special modern-day
American teen David Stutler two main characters whose lives become
Add in the skills of Alfred Molina as Balthazar's arch-nemesis Maxim Horvath,
Alice Krige as Morgana Le Fay and Monica Bellucci as Veronica, backed up by
a talented cast of support actors and crew and there is no doubt that The
Sorcerer's Apprentice is a terrific fantasy creation that cleverly works
its magic in present-day Manhattan.
Young David Stutler (played as a schoolboy by Jake Cherry) is crazy about Becky
Barnes (played as a schoolgirl by Peyton List; as an older teenager by Teresa
Palmer). He passes her a note which is whisked away across Manhattan. And when
he finally catches up with it, the note is sucked into a strange shop called
Arcana Cabana, run by the mysterious Balthazar.
Balthazar has been searching for centuries for The Young Merlinian, the only
one who can help him protect Manhattan and the rest of the world from the malevolence
of Morgana and the wicked Horvath. Horvath seeks to release Morgana from the
place where she has been imprisoned by Balthazar and his love Veronica, who
sacrificed herself hundreds of years before to trap Morgana in the Grimhold,
a Russian-style doll.
Balthazar has lived his life alone since the death of Merlin and the loss of
his love. Believing he has at last found the one he has been tirelessly seeking,
he tells this apparently average guy he must join him as his apprentice and
protégé. But the path forward is far from smooth and and Balthazar himself is
thrwarted by his enemies. It is going to take time to convince David he is the
right person for the job.
As Balthazar finally gives the reluctant David a crash course in the art of
science and magic, the apprentice demonstrates a hidden potential that he had
never suspected. This superb comedy action adventure sees sorcerer and apprentice
as two unlikely partners working together against the forces of darkness, swept
into the centre of an ancient conflict between good and evil.
David will have to muster every ounce of courage to survive his training, save
the city and get the girl, as he strives to become The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
But will Morgana and Horvath have a trick or two up their sleeves? And will
Balthazar be reunited with the lovely Veronica? The sparks are about to fly.
This breathtaking quest brings together the indisputable talents of Nicolas
Cage, Alfred Molina and Jay Baruchel to create a fabulous mix of family fun
and rip-roaring action adventure extravaganza in stunning high definition.
Destined to become a firm favourite with all ages this Christmas, The Sorcerer's
Apprentice has some electrifying and well-constructed scenes; hilarious
antics and amazing special effects from car chases to dragons,
fireballs, explosions and a the magical Fantasia-inspired mop and bucket clean-up
scene. As the ancient world and the modern world collide in a spectacular way,
prepare to be enchanted!
The Blu-ray is packed with an array of special features including a behind the
scenes look at the making of the movie, over seven minutes of fantastic deleted
scenes, a host of hilarious outtakes, an in-depth look at the special effects
used in the film and a ten-minute documentary exploring how the film interpreted
the opportunity to reinvent one of the most enduring scenes from the Walt Disney
The film also features: Toby Kebbell as Drake Stone; Omar Benson Miller as Bennet;
James A Stephens as Merlin; Gregory Woo as Sun-Lok; Wai Ching Ho as The Chinese
Woman; Robert Capron as Young Dave's Friend; Jason R Moore (hope we see more
of him!) as the Subway Mugger; Sándor Técsy as The Russian Man; and Marika Daciuk
as The Russian Woman.
Cinematography is by Bojan Bazelli; Art Direction by David Lazan and David Swayze;
Original Music by Trevor Rabin; Nicolas Cage was one of the Executive Producers;
and Hollywood's most powerful Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director John Turteltaub
join forces once again.
Disney's latest action adventure The Sorcerer's Apprentice makes its
home entertainment debut on Disney DVD and Double Play (a Blu-ray Disc plus
a DVD) on 6 December 2010. Certificate: PG | Running Time: 109 Minutes.
DVD & Blu-ray Bonus Features
DVD The Making Of The Sorcerer's Apprentice | Deleted Scenes:
Balthazar Recruits Dave.
Blu-ray Deleted Scenes: A Candidate in Calcutta | A Model Student
| Balthazar Recruits Dave | Oh, No It's Andre and Man's Best Friend.
Outtakes | Mini Documentaries: Making Magic Real; Fantasia: Reinventing
A Classic; The Science of Sorcery; magic In The City | Featurettes: The Fashionable
Drake Stone | The Grimhold: An Evil Work Of Art | The Encantus | Wolves and
Puppies | The World's Coolest Car.
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a terrific fantasy creation that cleverly
works its magic in present-day Manhattan" Maggie