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Renaissance (2006)

Daniel Craig , Catherine McCormack , Christian Volckman  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Craig, Catherine McCormack, Jonathan Pryce, Romola Garai, Ian Holm
  • Directors: Christian Volckman
  • Writers: Alexandre de La Patellière, Jean-Bernard Pouy, Matthieu Delaporte, Michael Katims, Patrick Raynal
  • Producers: Alexis Vonarb, Ariane Payen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PFU9QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Renaissance" on IMDb

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  • "The Making of Renaissance" featurette

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RENAISSANCE is a breakthrough sci-fi thriller for a new millennium. Dare to enter a bold vision of the future in the tradition of BLADE RUNNER and SIN CITY - drenched with state-of-the art animation and a gripping story. It's 2054 Paris and the city lives in the shadow of corporate giant, Avalon, which sells the irresistible promise of "ageless beauty." The sudden kidnapping of a gifted young scientist draws a tough-as-nails cop into a twisted underworld of corporate espionage, genetic research and organized crime. Featuring the stellar voice talents of Daniel Craig (CASINO ROYALE), Jonathan Pryce (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Trilogy) and Ian Holm (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy).

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Difficult Film To Judge July 24, 2007
Renaissance is one of a very short list of non-japanese adult-oriented (computer) animated films. As such, it wins point from me just for being daring. In our western culture, animation is supposed to be for children.

Add to that the artful restriction of the color palette to just the strictest hues of black and white. Throughout the course of the entire movie, what the audience sees consists entirely of shadows. Combine that with the visual style of a neo-noir future, and you have a stunning film to watch.

On top of beautiful visuals, the film sports a haunting score. Each cue seemed to suggest that yet another mystery would surface around the next corner.

The problem is this: If the film had been shot as a live-action movie, there would be nothing remarkable about it. Daniel Craig feels slightly miscast here, and you've seen the plot a million times. Worse, some of the writing is so bad that it breaks the spell that the visuals are attempting to weave.

I could have given Renaissance three stars to compromise between the beautiful visuals and the mediocre story/writing, but I think that would give the wrong impression. Ultimately, there's some real visual poetry here, and I intend to buy the dvd. Just don't expect a great story to boot.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning... so where's the extras? July 23, 2007
By Cubist
Renaissance is an animated film made in the tradition of Sin City and A Scanner Darkly. Like the former film, it was initially shot with live actors on a green-screen soundstage and then this footage was animated like the latter film. The result is a striking-looking futuristic world in the Cyberpunk mould.

The look of Renaissance is classic Cyberpunk: a fusion of high-technology and the grimy, run-down look of the mean city streets - a mix of Mickey Spillane and science fiction. This is one of those rare animated films made for adults with a style that is reminiscent of Frank Miller's Sin City graphic novels and also looks like it leapt right from the pages of Heavy Metal magazine. The stark use of black and white with no shadings of gray creates a very distinctive look. The attention to detail is also incredible - a vivid, atmospheric world that instantly envelopes you.

Much like the society depicted in Blade Runner, the higher up one goes - both literally and financially - the look becomes cleaner and more futuristic, reflecting the money being spent and the power being wielded, and this is epitomized by sleek, ultra-modern look of Avalon. As Renaissance unspools, the viewer is bombarded with one evocative image after another. For example, a gun battle takes place in a small forest encased in glass on top of a building.

The lone extra is "The Making of Renaissance" examines this French production whose origins lie in a short film made in 1997 that fused animation with live-action footage. The filmmakers picked Paris because so many SF films they admired were set either in New York City or Tokyo and wanted to try something different. This featurette traces the film's development from the screenwriting stage to post-production. Not surprisingly, they cite Blade Runner and the crime novels of James Ellroy as the primary influences.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I managed to see the U.K. import and I have to say this animated film has so much potential, although it came up a bit short, it is still better than most of the live-action movies out today.

RENAISSANCE:Paris 2054(Original title) is animated in Black and White, reminiscient of the Frank Miller's Sin City, much of its style is derived from the graphic novels that inspired the blockbuster film.

Set in the future, Paris in the year 2054, the city is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. AVALON, the largest company in the country, casts a shadow over everything. Avalon insinuates itself in the everyday aspect of contemporary life, to sell it's primary deal: Youth and Beauty.
When a young researcher from Avalon named Ilona Tassueiv, is violently kidnapped, her employers want her found at any cost. Dellenbach, Avalon's CEO, enlists the aid of one Officer Karas(voiced by Daniel Craig), a hostage retrieval specialist and also a very controversial cop in the force, to find the missing invaluable employee. What Karas discovers is a huge web of deception, that involves not only Ilona's sister, but the higher powers as well. Officer Karas discovers something sinister within the walls of Avalon, a hidden secret that will test not only his commitment to duty, but his very fiber of morality as well. Avalon's goals for profit is an abomination. It kind of makes you wonder what big corporations can be capable of, just to meet their bottom line.

This animated feature has highly stylized visuals, although, to be honest, in my opinion, it would achieved more if it was made in Color. Although, it tries to be something different, Futuristic Science Fiction should be shot in Full color nowadays.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great effects, poor story-telling. January 16, 2008
I just saw this. Fascinating use of technology, but neither a good story nor compelling characters. I can't really recommend it.

The look of the film was striking, but the sparcity of visual information (lots of solid blacks throughout) made some of the action awkward and hard to follow. All the characters looked sort of the same and most of the action took place in darkly lit locales.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! Watch this movie, you won't be disappointed!
Excellent movie! Great plot,with many twists! Keeps you guessing right up till the end!
Published 10 days ago by Christopher M. Cain
3.0 out of 5 stars Well I do like certain selected CGI movies
Well I do like certain selected CGI movies, and decided to try this type in black & white. The story was good, but slow, and Daniel Craigs performance was also good as the voice... Read more
Published 21 days ago by phaidout66
1.0 out of 5 stars A Bummer
What can I say, my bad. It is almost unwatchable.
Animation of this type story ought to be banded.
Animation is for kid shows.
Published 5 months ago by Edward Conner
5.0 out of 5 stars BLACK AND WHITE ANIMATED
This movie was well made and I don't watch animation. I got the movie for my kid and he loved it. I think the script was well put together and a very good story.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kristina R. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Broken Disc.
The film is fantastic, stylish and with a great cast. However, the DVD case center post was broken allowing the disc to slide around the case. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Spookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie.
A Must See. Awesome and creative. Great story.Very different. It was very underrated. Would recommend. Keeps you in the story.
Published 9 months ago by jesse scaggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance
Avant guard animation. Noire style detective genre. Stylish and well written. Worthy of repeat viewings. Glad to have it in my library.
Published 10 months ago by Charles Bargerstock
4.0 out of 5 stars "Excellent"
It was more than I totally expected! A great "black & white" movie with, a "splash" of color when it truly needed it to make a point!
Published 12 months ago by Marion T Barnwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Bottom Line
I was going to say "Style over substance" for this review and then ironically saw that the listed review also says this. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Gates
1.0 out of 5 stars Uninsteresting Sincity wannabe
I love anime films and I love adult anime. Which is the reason why I rented this from Netflix. I wish I hadn't. First I will tackle the good parts. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by T. H. Johnson
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It has English and French audio tracks, and English subtitles.
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