Mr. Bean's Holiday
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(Oct 18, 2010)
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Import Blu-ray/Region All pressing. Rowan Atkinson (Bean, Love Actually, Johnny English) returns to his iconic role as the comical and endearing Mr. Bean in this outrageous comedy adventure! Mr. Bean (Atkinson) can't believe his luck when he wins a camcorder and an all-expense-paid vacation.
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So I was very disappointed that this release has been mercilessly edited. Some of the best comedy bits, and even
straight scenes have been cut. Some sight gags have been swapped with previously cut material.
Also, some key music has been changed, maybe because of copyright issues (even
cellphone jingles have been changed!)
I can only guess that the scenes were cut due to their exhibiting some of Mr. Bean's poor behavior, but that is
a big part of the appeal of the character! It is as if the person/people responsible have no idea what the character is about.
I highly doubt Rowan Atkinson had any input in these decisions.
I am very glad I have the first (non Blu-ray) release of this film as it was originally shown in American theaters.
I am hoping that there are other Blu-ray releases available with the original content, as the one I have appears to
be created for multiple markets due to all the various logos on the box. It could be that the cut content was to appease
a different countrie(s) rating board to retain a G rating. Just a guess.
The video and audio quality are excellent.
When my wife and I went to see "Mr Bean's Holiday" it was pouring down with rain outside. It was the first day of school too. Maybe that was the reason why there were only six in the movie theater to see this gem? We were three couples, yet for all the small number there was regular, hearty laughter throughout the whole performance.
I don't know why some reviewers found it uneven or disappointing. It managed to have a lot of brand new material in it. The on-location European filming gave added interest. We never lost track of the plot or lost interest in the action.
We're ordering one for ourselves (the wife and I) and one for the biggest of Bean fans among our grandchildren.
By the way every one of more than a dozen grandchildren has been absolutely delighted with Mr Bean and have asked to see the episodes from the TV series again and again, as well as the movie "Bean". This one caps the lot in my opinion.
Traveling by train from London to Cannes, Mr. Bean immediately begins causing havoc everywhere he goes. One of the funniest scenes, in my opinion, was close to the beginning of the film when Mr. Bean eats a seafood platter consisting of raw oysters and langoustines. But there are plenty more funny scenes as Mr. Bean, with little more than a word or two or a grunt, and an occasional "Oui," coupled with gestures and facial expressions of a true comediac, makes his way through the challenges that only he can find in a simple all-expense paid holiday. William Defoe also appears in the film as a Film Director, en route to the Cannes Film Festival.
Again, a typical Mr. Bean adventure. If you have never seen Mr. Bean, he is pretty unique and is like watching a silent British comedy. He does such goofy things and always gets himself into weird situations, and strange things happen to people around him. From chasing a chicken, to an outhouse scene, to starting a brawl over a laptop, to eating a raw oyster, etc. etc. etc., Mr. Bean is a hoot!