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

Louise Bourgoin , Mathieu Amalric , Luc Besson  |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MFT1PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.


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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 0 version English & French 5.1 Dolby Digital July 24, 2012
By Alan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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89 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for the Director's Cut August 22, 2013
Format:DVD
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Hollywood Film! March 6, 2011
Format:DVD
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Lin707
Format:DVD
This Indiana-joneseque movie is a well produced, directed, acted and shot crowd pleaser. The cinematography is by THierry Arbogast, whose filmography includes The 5th Element. This was a $40m production (very high by European standards) so the set pieces and props are fantastic. Its very funny in many places, and some of the action is spectacular. Its appropriate for kids above 10 I would say. This DVD is excellent also. It comes in a slipcase, and the DVD is of high quality. It gives you both the French and English language versions. I watched it in French with English subtitles with the wife, then watched it again in English with my son.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Like the Belgian comic book series "The Adventures of Tintin," "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec" is a beloved comic book series in France. "Tintin" became two animated series and a 2011 Steven Spielberg motion-capture Hollywood spectacular, while "Adele" was adapted into this more modest (though certainly flashy) French live-action feature in 2010.

This new DVD of "Adele," directed by Luc Beeson ("The Fifth Element"), includes an English dubbed version as well as the original subtitled French language version. The bonus features are in French with English subtitles.

Usually it's not recommended to watch the bonus features first, but in this case, if you're not familiar with the Adele character or the comics, it actually enhances watching the film and gaining excitement for the experience.

Some have compared "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec" to an Indiana Jones movie, and there are indeed some scenes that resemble the first in the film series (Adele runs through a pyramid from an explosion much as Indy ran from the giant ball), but it's a different kind of narrative.

Right from the opening narration, "Adele" is a highly polished satirical farce, consistently poking fun at pompous types. There's a bumbling duo in this film that are reminiscent of the spies in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

But there were no pterodactyls or mummies in "Chitty." And even though you'll see them in "Adele", they may surprise you. Adele herself, as played by Louise Bourgoin, is a bit of a smart aleck. In her turn-of-the-century posh frock, Adele nay resemble Mary Poppins or Truly Scrumptious, but with a more irreverent attitude.

Beeson apparently cast Bourgoin because of her talent for mimicry and ability to play multiple roles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspend belief and just enjoy the movie..
In it's own way, this movie pays homage to those headstrong women of the late 19th and early 20th century who refused to follow convention and went out and explored the world. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Peter B. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and beautifully made!
Having been a fan of Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element" for some time I was eager to see this new fun adventure film of his, especially since it's set in the Victorian era. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Gary Alan Ruse
2.0 out of 5 stars fair
A little hard to get into but if you stick with it the plot finally comes through her motives were good
Published 28 days ago by sarah lynn phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN...
I loved this adaptation of the graphic novels. Fun, interesting and also sexy in its own way. Great for kids, mostly, except for one nude scene in a tub.
Published 1 month ago by Jimmy Palmiotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Adele Blanc-Sec Adventures
Indy Jones no,the mummy no,this adventure has a style all it's own. Adele is a real hoot to watch,she does not know the meaning of can't or no. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R R
5.0 out of 5 stars Adele Blanc-Sec tres bons!
A female Indiana Jones with grace, gumption and good looks delights the viewer as she struggles to save her sister. We will watch this one again!
Published 1 month ago by Montblanc
3.0 out of 5 stars charming star but hardly there
I really like this director so I was excited to see this. Unfortunately, this was a disappointment for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Feles31
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is an exceptionally charming cinema piece featuring mystery, adventure, advanced physics, ancient wisdom, Jurassic nostalgia and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lane N Copley
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was looking forward to watching this but I was not aware the movie was in French with subtext. This was a total disappointment.
Published 2 months ago by R. Scott Darrah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but. . .
This movie is awesome, though some of the english dub actors are terrible. Really terrible. If you watch it in the original French with subtitles you won't have to hear some of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caelyn
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