The City of Lost Children
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One of the most unique and visually stunning films in years, The City of Lost Children concerns a malevolent scientist who attempts to unlock the mystery of dreaming. To this end, he kidnaps young children and studies them as they sleep. From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of Amelie and Alien: Resurrection.
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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.
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
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).
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.