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The City of Lost Children (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Special Features Include:
-All-new director-supervised and approved HD Master
-Commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actor Ron Perlman
-The Making of The City of Lost Children
-Archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet
-Interview with Jean-Paul Gaultier
-Original Theatrical Trailers
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In the new French DTS sound mix, actors’ voices can be heard more clearly and the fog horn has noticeably more oomph. The English dub is still available if you want that.
The English subtitles are greatly improved from the DVD which had dubtitles (matching the subpar English dub).
On Blu-ray, the director’s commentary track now has a subtitle option. This is a nice feature because Jeunet's English has a very strong accent.
The Blu-ray has the “Making Of..." (good), “Archives..." (can skip), and "Interview with Gaultier" (good) that were previously only available on the Deluxe DVD.
The improved picture, sound, and extras on the Blu-ray make it a worthy upgrade from the DVD.
The City of Lost Children is 5 star movie (like Mary Poppins herself, it's practically perfect in every way), but I'm deducting one star for the horrible contrast issue, a half-star for the total lack of new extras on this "anniversary" release and another half for only releasing it through Amazon (Sony's become really annoying with their "exclusive" and greedy smash-and-grab "limited edition" blu-ray releases).
On a tower out to sea a mad-man 'Krank' (Daniel Emilfork)directs his men to go to shore and steal young
children off the streets and their homes, his purpose is to steal their dreams, he has a plan.
We have a 'Fagan' like school to train the young to steal which is run by two grotesque mad-woman from
which a young girl 'Miette' ( Judith Vittette) seeks to find her young brother who had been taken, she
crosses paths with former whaler and strong-man 'One' (Ron Pearlman) who is really a big-softie and will
help 'Miette' rescue her brother and indeed the other children that are held at the tower.
Have to say this is an unusual film with many different and indeed weird characters...the film is a cross
between madness and dare i say genius.
I agree with an earlier reviewers thoughts - you'd not forget the film once seen
The Film is in French with English Sub-Titles.
Commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actor Ron Perlman
The making of the City of Lost Children
Archives of Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Interview with Jean-Paul Gautier
There are perhaps some retired circus performers and an underground cyber cult that kidnaps children and trade them for technology that a mad scientist makes, who has many identical brothers that all have sleeping sickness and an orphanage run by conjoined twins who demand that they kids go out and rob people. A strong man who lives in a nomadic looking wagon lives with “little brother” who is taken and needs to find him and gets mixed up with one of the Oprah thieve. Things aren’t what the seem and there are a few other important characters I have not mentioned but if you like movies that are a bit dark, fantastical, And otherworldly... you will not regret watching this.
The commentary wasn't the best as far as extras go, and I'm saying that as a huge fan of Ron Perlman, his interviews included. The directory didn't seem to have much to say as far as the thought process behind the movie. Seemed a bit random in his choices. Which may just be the way he expressed, especially given that English isn't his first language, so I don't think it takes away from the movie itself, but was just a bit disheartening to hear on the directory's commentary.
It's still nice to have a Blu-Ray copy which is good quality and the movie itself is still a special one.
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I have now seen all Jeunet's films and there are some absolute gems to discover. Most people will have come across Amelie but after The City Of Lost Children I would heartily recommend MicMacs.
The only downside to the Sony version is that the sound is in stereo, whereas this one claims to be 5.1 - not sure what sound format the original film had, but even if it was originally in surround, it's an acceptable loss as far as I'm concerned if that's what it takes to get subtitles that look like they were written by a fluent speaker of both French and English who had actually watched the film they went with.
Additionally, the commentary track in the Sony version has contributions from both Jeunet and Perlman, whereas this one has just Jeunet.
One final note: some reviewers apparently dislike this film because of its direction and editing; its fitful pacing and meandering plot. Do bear in mind that the entire theme of the film is one of dreams and nightmares; I think it's quite deliberate and appropriate that the film itself plays out, not like a tightly-scripted thriller, but just like a dream, unpredictably lurching back and forth between idle, fantastical whimsy and tense, trippy nightmare, just as a good few of the film's cast of grotesques lurch back and forth between sympathetic and alien, endearing and terrifying. The whole day-dreamy, freaky-carnival feel will likely be somewhat familiar to, say, fans of Fellini, Gilliam or Svankmajer.
The hunt for adults to have nice dreams is an unattainable prospect all the time.
Its well acted by the whole cast.. Good tos see
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