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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2012
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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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. So Adele's plan is simple: find the pterodactyl, rescue Professor Espérandieu from his impending execution, have him bring Padmosis back to life, and then ask Padmosis to heal her sister. Obviously, it's all easier said than done.

Adele makes for a wonderful heroine. Though she encompasses all the usual elements of a typical action heroine: vivaciousness, charm, determination, and dry wit, she also manages to display a few surprising traits as well - namely impatience and rudeness. Adele has things to do, things that need doing *right now*, and if a porter or a cab driver or a camel is going too slowly for her liking, then they'll get an earful. She's very rarely friendly to anyone unless they're giving her what she wants, and she races from one situation to the next without any regard for either manners or the law. Yet she somehow manages to make it hilarious, for her charm and liveliness making her behaviour endearing rather than irritating - especially when you take into account actress Louise Bourgoin's sly little smile. Nothing else exists for Adele but her mission to heal her sister, and there's a telling exchange with a nemesis in the opening sequence in which she's asked whether she plans to steal Padmosis in order to heal of mankind. She answers: "no, just my sister."

The film is also a visual feast for the eyes, with imaginative camera-work, detailed set-pieces, beautiful costumes and gorgeous cinematography (courtesy of Thierry Arbogast, another alumnus from The Fifth Element). Only the computerized special effects are a little dodgy, but they don't last long and they're certainly not the focus of the story. It's also littered with an array of minor characters who weave in and out of Adele's story, helping or hindering her on her quest, giving us the sense that the world she inhabits is rich and full, involving more people and stories than just her own. In this, it's rather reminiscent of Amelie, whereas the visual style and odd plotting gives it the air of a live-action Hayao Miyazaki film.

I would consider the film appropriate for children, depending on how they can handle the task of reading subtitles and what parents may think of a (very) brief nude scene of Adele in the bath, but for the most part there's no reason to think that a child wouldn't enjoy all the colour and excitement on display here.

Naturally, I recommend "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" for its twisty plot, great heroine and beautiful visuals. (Oh, and the mummies at the end that nearly steal the show). It's amusing and quirky, and definitely a step above what you'd expect from a typical Hollywood blockbuster.
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115 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
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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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2011
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
It's difficult to pin down the correct genre for this film. While it's an adventure tale, it's also a masterful example of French humor at it best. I didn't listen to the English soundtrack, opting instead for the French with English subtitles. Unfortunately, the English subtitles aren't exactly translations of the French as much as paraphrases. The French is funnier. The special effects work seamlessly into the action, and the actors create totally realistic, albeit somewhat farcical parodies of their character types. Well worth watching. Some might not call this a family film, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for children old enough to distinguish fantasy from reality.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2011
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is an adorable film. Think Amelie meets Indiana Jones. The effects are very good, the story line is interesting and the main character is completely charming. It's an old-fashioned adventure which the whole family can enjoy. I confess, I'm a fan of Luc Besson's and have loved all of his more mature works, but this is a quirky and fun addition to his oeuvre. Even my very picky parents enjoyed this film. My dad's favorite film is Raiders of the Lost Ark and he compared this film favorably with it. The one small caveat I would attach is that there is brief - very brief, blink-and-you'll-miss-it - exposure of female breasts. She's in the bath, that's about as scandalous as the film gets. It's not an overly violent film, it's just a rip-roaring good adventure with an interesting story line. And, yes, Virginia, there are subtitles. So, if you are completely averse to such movies, then you have been warned. Personally, I'd rather have subtitles than dubbing. Dubbing always makes me think of bad kung fu movies in the early 80s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
this movie made for a wonderful afternoon. a finely crafted story i wonder if it was first a book, the movie's special effects added to the fantasy and delight of the viewer. the french, very french sense of humor is here, a little bawdy, a little condescending and just right in most places. i was happy to see her ride a pterodactyl and even happier to see egyptian mummys tell jokes and be cool. the guy who played the old scientist was positively elfish and magic. if they make another ill watch that one too. this one was like eating chocolate.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2011
THIS IS A FEMALE VERSION OF "INDIANA JONES" THAT FEATURES LOADS OF ACTION WITH A BLEND OF HUMOR TOSSED IN. THIS IS GREAT FUN AND EXCITEMENT FOR ALL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2014
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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