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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec [France, 2010] DVD

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The year is 1912. AdËle Blanc-Sec, an intrepid young reporter, will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile, in Paris, it's panic stations! A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the bird subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. But nothing fazes AdËle Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more extraordinary surprises...

This extended cut version runs 112 minutes and features both the original French language (Dolby 5.1) or the official English dub (Dolby 5.1). Subtitles are available in English. This special-edition is packaged in a foil-embossed slipcase. This DVD is anamorphic widescreen.


Product Details

  • Actors: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MFT1PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In addition to what little information that Amazon provides for this title;

it has:

BOTH the original French audio in 5.1 Dolby Digital

AND English 5.1 Dolby Digital

as well as ONLY English subtitles

It's also 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

and runs 112 minutes and is NTSC video format

And it is Region 0, not Region 1. This DVD is Region Free and will play worldwide.
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Based on a series of graphic novels by Jacques Tardi, "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" is best described as a gas-lamp fantasy with a healthy dose of Indiana Jones-style action (and silliness) complete with pterodactyls, mummies, whirlpools, necromancy, big game hunters, Scottie dogs and near-fatal tennis matches. Directed by Luc Besson, (who is also behind The Fifth Element, which should tell you a lot about this film's visual flair), "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" is whimsical in nature and frenetic in pace, and the heroine pulls off things that make Indiana Jones's survival of a nuclear explosion by hiding in a fridge seem plausible. It's great.

Set in Paris, 1911, Adele is a French explorer and journalist scouring the globe for a cure to her sister's catatonia (brought on by a hat-pin to the brain, though I'll let you see the exact circumstances of this for yourself). Against her publisher's wishes, she heads to Egypt in order to uncover the tomb of Padmosis, said to have been the physician to Ramses II. But what good is a doctor who has been dead for thousands of years? Well, it turns out that Adele is friends with an old professor who has unlocked the secret to resurrecting the dead. While Adele is away, he decides to practice his technique by hatching a pterodactyl egg from the prehistoric museum. By the time Adele returns to Paris, the pterodactyl is terrorizing the citizens of the city and the hunt is on to shoot it down.
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I found this movie back in 2011 not long after it had come out, mostly because I had read the graphic novels and wanted to see what a movie version looked like. The only version they had then was the French 2010 release in DVD, which I bought. I liked it very much, but in 2013 I saw they released a Blu-ray version, so I bought that version, thinking I'd get the same movie but in a higher quality format.

My original 2010 was 112 minutes long and had both the original French language version that one could watch with or without subtitles, plus it had a dubbed version so I could watch it in English as well. The dubbed version was well done with excellent voice actors.

The Blu-ray version was not the same movie. It had been cut to 107 minutes, even though there was no notice anywhere I could find that mentioned it was edited. I then saw they brought out a Director's Cut Blu-ray, but all that did, as far as I can tell, was restore a few seconds of a scene where Adele is sitting in the bathtub thinking, then stands up and you can see a few seconds of her bare breasts before she turns away. I didn't buy the Director's Cut, but it is listed at 107 minutes as well, so it is still a cut version of the film.

Amazon has this bad habit of applying all the reviews to every version of a movie, so quite often you can't tell which version the reviewer is talking about. Sometimes they mention which version, but most of the time the reviewer does not.

I count 12 versions of this movie for sale by Amazon right now, but only one of them is the original 112 minute uncut version as far as I can tell. If you want that one, it is the DVD that has [France, 2010] in the title and has a cover with a picture of Adele on the left, a picture of the mummy on the right with his hand on the bottom center of the cover, and the pterodactyl flying in the top middle of the cover. Right now it's only sold by a third party vendor, tho that may change in the future.
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This movie is very fun, but unfortunately Shout! Factory has decided to release a censored version that removes the briefest of nudity scenes from the movie. A scene actually shown in the theaters. What's worse is they're releasing a "Director's Cut" version in just a few months. That's a rather poor decision considering this version was not advertised as being censored and people who bought it had no idea of a Director's Cut coming out in October.

So before you say this review wasn't helpful because I gave it 1-star, I'm giving 1 star solely for the release and not for the movie. Shout! is being greedy and trying to get people to buy it twice. If you support that then go ahead and say I'm not helpful.

I hope others who read this also post similar reviews so that they realize they can't treat their customers like this.
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Thank heavens, and it doesn't suffer from the predictability and cliches of Hollywood that almost every movie from that town does nowadays. One never knows where The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec will end up next, and that's half of the fun. Pterydactyls, mummies, and raising from the dead have never been as fun, or as fashionable. Louise Bourgois, as Adele, is wonderful. And for those of you, like myself, who don't speak French, the English dubbing is well voiced (although not necessarily always well synchronized). It's nothing more than a silly, fun romp, but it is a very good silly fun romp.
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