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Arthur and the Invisibles (Widescreen Edition)

4.5 out of 5 stars 181 customer reviews


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(Family) Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather's house from being demolished, goes looking for some much fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature

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First released in France, Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles is a touching computer animated adventure that makes up in look and in character for what it lacks in narrative originality. As a direct hybrid of Excalibur and A Bug's Life, Arthur stars a heroic ten year-old, Arthur (Freddie Highmore), who draws a sword from a stone to fight a miniature battle in the garden before finding treasure valuable enough to save his grandfather's farm from purchase by developers. Arthur's grandfather, Archibald, having long ago discovered the miniscule world of Minimoys, garden gnome-like elves that lived in his yard, shrunk himself in order to hunt elusive rubies that were hidden in their evil Mecropolis, headed by Maltazard (David Bowie). Now Arthur must assist the benevolent Minimoy clan, ruled by The King (Robert De Niro) and Princess Selenia (Madonna), in challenging Maltazard for possession of the jewels. Shots taking the viewer down through grass blades into the microscopic, yet gigantic yard world readjust one's sense of size, as do scenes, for example, in which a small, elven Arthur fights mosquitoes with catapulted tomatoes. Meanwhile, live action scenes of Arthur's worried grandmother (Mia Farrow) provide respite from a completely computerized world. Bowie, as he did in Legend, steals the show, bringing to life his Darth Vader-like character who chose evil over good in a past adventure. Corny one-liners sometimes spoil the mood, but overall the film's thematic blend of fantasy and environmentalism, like Princess Mononoke, will delight children with its positive message. --Trinie Dalton

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jason Bateman, Robert De Niro, Mia Farrow, Harvey Keitel, Adam Le Fevre
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000N4SHNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. Bendahan on June 11, 2007
Format: DVD
When I origionally saw this film in the cinema, it was great! full of action and the jokes where quite witty.

Unfortunatly this dvd version has been censored to a point where quite a few of the action sequences have been cut out and the film just dosn't flow.

The film cuts from diferent scenes, missing out sections that leave the viewer quite puzzled about how the characters got to the point they are at.

I don't understand why they would censor an animated film that is rated PG anyway.

All in All if you can get your hands on the origional version its a must!

but for the time beeing I'd stay away from it, it kind of ruins the real fun the story has.
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Format: DVD
Although this movie is quite wonderful in it's original form.
The 'Weinstein' version is disjointed, removes any of the undercurrent for the movie, and makes quite a mess of things in the process.
Save your money, demand that there be a Region 1 - Unedited/Directors cut, and you'll be much happier.
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Format: DVD
when my wife and i saw it in the theater we thought it was cute and funny but then when we bought it on dvd they edit out a lot and made it obviouse they edit out stuff. some of the seens are not understandabule because of what they edit out.. but for some reasion i swear it was a pg-13 rateing in the theater and only a pg rateing on dvd.. it is like 30 mins shorter on dvd release then what i saw in the theater.. very dissapointing, but if you have no idea what i am talking about then it is a good movie. but because i know all of the sceans they deleted it was ruined for me
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Format: DVD
"Arthur" is cute bit of fluffy adventure, not at all what I expected from the director of The Fifth Element (Remastered) [Blu-ray] and Angel-A. The plot is simple enough: Arthur has an amazing adventure in an enchanted place - he becomes a hero there, then returns to the everyday world and becomes a hero again. That much is great escapist fantasy.

The format is a little surprising, though. The movie starts with live actors, switches to some very good animation through the largest part of the movie, then ends with the live actors - but even there, Besson adds some fun fantasy elements.

There are lots of familiar pieces here: the curvy-but-chaste princess (this is a kids' movie after all) with an attitude, geeky sidekick, quest for treasure, a little safe romance, and even a sword in a stone. Despite that checklist of standard features, this avoids being completely formulaic. Most adults wouldn't sit through it on their own, but kids need movies too.

-- wiredweird
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The movie has SO much potential, but falls short in so many ways.

#1 - The movie seems choppy and poorly edited in some places. Reading the other reviews, I understand that several scenes were deleted from the DVD and it makes sense why it's choppy. It still doesn't fix the choppy transitions in some places or unexplained things, but at least we know WHY it doesn't flow smoothly.

#2 - If they're going to edit out crucial scenes on the DVD to make it more friendly for children, why do they still leave some things that are just not right for kids (The near-naked bartender, the repeated use of 'Oh my G**!", etc.). If they're going to edit it for kids, edit it all the way or not at all.

#3 - The story is too contrived (even for a kid movie) and poorly written in too many places. The dialogue seems forced and fake too often, and the character transition (the stubborn independent heroine suddenly becoming soft and tender for no explicable reason?) is just not believable at all.

#4 - It seems like it's trying so hard to be a kid's movie but doesn't understand that the elements to make a good movie for grown-ups still need to be there for kids (believable characters, a consistent plot, no unnecessary scenes that make you scratch your head and ask "What was the point of that?").

Bottom line: The movie fell short of being truly wonderful. It was cute enough and could easily have been a top-ten movie for us with a few minor tweaks. It started out with a great idea and is right on the edge of going from mediocre to masterful...but never does. Add to that a 5-year-old walking around the house saying "Oh my G**!" over and over and your 3-year old taking his pants off to be like the bartender and you get a frustrating 'kids' movie to have purchased with my own kids in mind. Very frustrating for a parent to see your little ones mocking all the stuff you hated most in the movie.

Like I said, so close and yet so far away...
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I really like this movie and the first time I watched it many years ago, I did not pay much attention at the people who voiced the characters. I've always been a fan of Freddie Highmore. He's a great little actor. I know he's older now. But after watching this again, I sort of got creeped out by the Madonna character and his. I know it's just a movie but I just did not like that part. Especially after they make googly eyes at each other. But overall, this is a good little fantasy movie and I totally loved David Bowie's character even though he was supposed to be evil. It was perfect.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful movie, and it does play in all Blu-ray players. Just know that its first language is French, and you may find yourself digging for the remote to access the menu to choose English vocals instead. When you do, the voices of Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Madonna, and the live-action Mia Farrow will be much more pleasant.

Although the sequels can be had in Blu-ray in English, this multi-language version seems to be the only way to obtain the first film in the series, but it is worth the cost and the slight bother. The animations are perfect, and the story is wonderful. There seems to be no problems with the translation looking poorly synced. I suspect it was filmed in English or converted with great effort. The writer/director is Luc Besson, who wrote and directed one of my favorites, The 5th Element, with Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich.
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