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Vidocq

Gérard Depardieu , Guillaume Canet , Pitof  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, Inés Sastre, André Dussollier, Edith Scob
  • Directors: Pitof
  • Writers: Pitof, François-Eugène Vidocq, Jean-Christophe Grangé
  • Producers: Dominique Farrugia, Olivier Granier
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067DFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vidocq" on IMDb

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"Vidocq est mort !" Jamais l'annonce de la disparition d'un voleur n'aura à ce point bouleversé le Tout-Paris. Et pour cause ! Passé du clan des chassés à celui des chasseurs, cet ex-bagnard, devenu préfet de police sous l'Empire et la Restauration, était

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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone but very well made! January 4, 2007
Format:DVD
As a photographer I really enjoyed the cinematography and camera work of this film, very dramatic. The plot was very clever and the settings couldn't have been better. Unless you have very poor eyesight I have to suggest you watch it in French, the English dubbing is pathetic. The fight scenes were very cool and the special effects were effective and not overdone. I say this movie isn't for everyone because it doesn't have a very mainstream Hollywood blockbuster feel, it has a very foreign essence to it. I venture to say if you liked Brotherhood Of The Wolf then you will probably like this one to. The mood at atmosphere of the film are brilliantly captured and every scene would make a wonderful still photograph. Be prepared to sit down and watch it without distractions, if you miss even a few minutes you might become confused. There are a lot of subtle flashbacks throughout the movie which may prove confusing if you're not paying attention. Anyway go out a rent this movie if you're looking for something other than your typical Hollywood style film. I have nothing against the French, when I visited southern France a few years ago I loved the people and the country and I have always loved their films and here's just another example why.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Dazzling, first All Digital Film... September 11, 2004
Format:DVD
Pitof, the one named director of Vidocq, has recently come unto infamy by being the director of Catwoman. This is a shame, because Vidocq is like nothing you have ever seen, whereas I am sure Catwoman will be the opposite. Regardless of his recent films, Pitof has been responsible for the visual effects of the Jeunet and Caro films "Delicatessen" and "City of Lost Children" and "Alien 4" (although again, like Catwoman, in 'Alien 4' these were French craftsman trying to translate to an American audience). I think I would not be in the minority if I were to say that the visual effects of those films (even Alien 4) were incredible, and revolutionary.

What Vidocq is, is nothing short of a mark for cinemaphiles. It is the first all-digitally produced film. It is a great gothic tapestry woven over an hour and a half that ends in a great showdown... But overall, it is an example of a film that was created outside of Hollywood, and using more European conventions to tell the story. It was very enjoyable to watch this film, because the story was not immediately obvious.

The visuals are INCREDIBLE! The sequence in the field with the lightning (you will know when you see it) is magnificent. I think that this is a template for what can (and will) be done in the future of digital filmmaking. I highly recommend this film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great film!!! August 3, 2008
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Format:DVD
One of the best action films of the last decade! This movie has everything: compelling and twisted story line that keeps you second guessing until the very end, fantastic special effects that actually look believable, beautiful cinematography, great cast and well placed and performed action scenes. I would highly recommend this film for anyone who enjoys action packed mystery movies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRING ON THE SEQUEL! April 28, 2007
Format:DVD
Vidocq brings to the screen the story a triple murder involving a mysterious killer that has become something of an urban legend among the people of 19th Century Paris.

The setting is Paris in 1830 and a young journalist is trying to shed light on the death of a private investigator that has died in his efforts to find and capture a mysterious murderer who's been using unprecedented sophistication and imagination in killing his victims.

The film brings to the screen two main stories, which are unfolding simultaneously: On the one hand, the murder mystery, and on the other (and to a lesser extent), the background events leading to a major insurrection.

The movie portrays superbly life (which is quite miserable) in Paris in 1830, and provides valuable insight into a very important period of French (European) History.

We get a taste (though a very light one) of France's political situation (Royalists vs. Republicans vs. Napoleonists as well as Franco-Prussian relations).

Gerard Depardieu, Ines Sastre (who is GORGEOUS!), Guillome Canet, and the rest of the cast, have truly outdone themselves with their performances, which are outstanding to say the least! All the actors, without exceptions, give it their 100% and it really shows!

The setting, the dialogues, the music, and the costumes are all wonderful!

Very well written and very well presented, it allows for a thought-provoking movie that will definitely provide for an evening's entertainment.

In short, Vidocq is a movie definitely worth watching and one to seriously consider adding to your movie collection (if you haven't done so already)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good surrealistic horror film... July 27, 2004
Format:DVD
The story takes place in summer of 1830 in the French capital, Paris. Vidocq (Gerard Depardieu), a former convicted criminal, has turned his back on crime and become a vigilant detective for hire as he is investigating a bizarre murder where someone used lightening to kill two victims. However, Vidocq is not so fortunate as he is murdered by a strange killer in the beginning shortly after he has seen his face, which is hidden behind a mirrored mask. A young journalist has been asked by Vidocq to write his memories, and now when he is dead the journalist wants to find the killer of Vidocq.

Vidocq is shot with a short wide angled lens, which distorts distances and the images within each frame. Most scenes contain vibrant colors that feel out of place and are combined with peculiar zooms and camera angles that coerce the audience into a visual bizarre matrix. There is also wide use of computer generated images which makes the whole thing look nightmarish. The lens, colors, cinematography, and the CGI enhance the bizarre story, which is well-written. As the film snowballs it becomes more complex as it leads toward the true identity of the killer, which in the end offers a pretty good cinematic experience as the many elements of film making break new ground for cinema.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Story not interesting - Great costuming and visuals
This sounded interesting and having Depardieu suggested it would be worth watching. But dubbing into English was ineffective and got in the way of the story - would have preferred... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ben Mokry
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cinematography, Lackluster dubbing
The story and cinematography were quite good. However, the English dubbing was poor. Not in the translation necessarily, but the quality of the voices. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Rhonda Kline
1.0 out of 5 stars good movie but horrible dubbed version
I saw the movie when it came out and it was quite ground breaking at the time. I thought that, despite getting old, it would still be a good movie. Read more
Published 13 days ago by sila
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret watching this
A most enjoyable interesting fantastic adventure with excellent mystery

I personally love virtu in depth the best of men the worst of men using cunning against the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Geese Hower
1.0 out of 5 stars Appallingly dubbed
First up, I could not finish this film. I am not a fan of dubbed movies. The english dubbing is the worst I've ever encountered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Harley Seidel
1.0 out of 5 stars DUBBED
It was dubbed and was the worst voice over I have ever listened to. I was not aware it was not the original movie
Published 1 month ago by willo davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I don't mind subtitles and I love fantasy action movies.
This movie also takes place around the 1800's, so the special effects in this movie are perfect, not overdone.
Published 2 months ago by JustJames73
3.0 out of 5 stars fantastiballz!
Leave it to the french to turn a possibly good story into some french cliche overacted, flashy, overeffected stupendous pos. I don't know if I love it or hate it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Nault
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and worth to watch
If you want to spend time it is good movie. History part is confusing but at the total it is worth to watch.
Published 3 months ago by ilker CAN
4.0 out of 5 stars You should watch this
The plot was one of the best features of this film--it developed very nicely to a climax at the end. Good actors, good staging and scenery. Good time.
Published 3 months ago by William M.
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