The Illusionist conjures up his magic in high definition

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has added a Blu-Ray version of The Illusionist to their line-up, releasing the title in June.

The acclaimed illusionist Eisenheim (Edward Norton) has not only captured the imaginations of all of Vienna, but also the interest of the ambitious Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell). But when Leopold’s new fiancé (Jessica Biel) rekindles a childhood fascination with Eisenheim, the Prince’s interest evolves into obsession… and suddenly the city’s Chief Inspector (Paul Giamatti) finds himself investigating a shocking crime. But even as the Inspector engages him in a dramatic challenge of wills, Eisenheim prepares for his most impressive illusion yet.

Arriving as a Blu-Ray/DVD combo, this release is a bit on the weird side, as you will see. The Blu-Ray version will feature a 1080p high definition transfer with DTS 5.1 HD Master Audio. There will be absolutely no extras included on the Blu-Ray disc. However, the DVD version that is included with the release will feature a Commentary Track by Writer/Director Neil Burger, and the Featurettes ”The Making of The Illusionist” and ”Jessica Biel on The Illusionist”.

Now, I don’t know how hard it would have been to add the commentary track and the two featurettes to the Blu-Ray Disc, but I will say this. A configuration like this leaves a very bad taste in my – and probably other peoples’ mouths. It literally screams “We don’t care, just give us your money” in the face of consumers.

“The Illusionist” will arrive on June 8 for $24.98.

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