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Asterix And Obelix Take On Caesar (1999) [DVD]

Christian Clavier , Gérard Depardieu , Claude Zidi    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni, Michel Galabru, Claude Piéplu
  • Directors: Claude Zidi
  • Writers: Claude Zidi, Albert Uderzo, Gérard Lauzier, René Goscinny, Terry Jones
  • Producers: Claude Berri, Dieter Frank
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W4H9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Live action version of Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny's famous comic strip. In ancient Gaul, Asterix (Christian Clavier), Obelix (Gerard Depardieu), and their fellow villagers manage to hold out against the invading Romans thanks to a secret potion which endows them with super-human strength. However, when a rogue fortune teller tricks the villagers into stealing a cache of Roman gold, Roman leader Detritus (Roberto Benigni) takes advantage of the confusion to lay his hands on the secret potion. Detritus plans to use his new powers to overthrow Caesar, and it is left to Asterix and his dim-witted sidekick to restore order.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Asterix and Obelix, the French comic book heroes created by René Goscinny and Albert Underzo (their adventures have sold 280 million copies to date in Europe), are brought to the big screen in their first live-action adventure. Set in 50 B.C., Asterix (Christian Clavier) and Obelix (Gérard Depardieu) are a pair of comedic heroes living in a small but well-protected village in Gaul, where a magic potion concocted by Druids turns the townsfolk into mighty soldiers. When Roman troops carve a path through Gaul to reach the English Channel, Caesar (Gottfried John) and his aide de camp Detritus (Roberto Benigni) discover the secret elixir and capture the Druid leader who knows its formula, and Asterix and Obelix are sent off to rescue them. Shot in Brittany, Bavaria, and Arpajon, Asterix et Obelix Contre Cesar brings these cartoon characters to life on a grand scale; it was reportedly the most expensive French-language film ever, at a cost of 274 million francs ($48 million).
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar ( Astérix & Obélix contre César ) ( Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar (Asterix & Obelix Versus Caesar) )

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Those indominatable Gauls... 16 Jun 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
For those not in the know, the Asterix books are a hugely successful series of comic books about a village of indomitable Gauls who resist Caesar's invasion thanks to a magic potion that renders them invulnerable supermen. There have been several animated features (only one of them, The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, really capturing the wit and spirit of the books despite being an original screen story) before a perfectly cast Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu took the lead roles in two live action adaptations that proved colossally successful throughout Europe but made no impression whatsoever in the English-speaking world (Clavier would wisely opt out of the third live action film, Asterix at the Olympic Games).

Asterix et Obelix Contre Cesar is one of the few foreign films that actually benefited from dubbing thanks to a witty dubbing script by Terry Jones that added jokes the French writers omitted. Seen in its French version (not included on this DVD, which only includes the dubbed version), the pleasures of the film are mainly visual - the perfect casting of Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu, the gorgeous recreation of the comic books' village and Tony Pierce Roberts beautifully rich color cinematography perfectly capturing the hues of the original drawings. The cartoonish special effects, much copied in Kung Fu Hustle are perfect as well, but for the jokes you'll have to see the follow-up, Asterix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre.

Pathe's UK DVD offers a good 2.35:1 transfer with the dubbed English soundtrack, but the only extra is a brief trailer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and very funny 2 Sep 2006
I really enjoyed this film.
It's very different from the rest of the ones I have seen, and I was suprised to see that this film had real actors instead of being animated like they usually are. Filled with classic 'Asterix and Obelix' fight scenes, as in: punches Roman and he flies into the air and lands several metres away. And there's the magic potion that makes all this possible.
But what really gets me are the names of all the characters. EG, the village bard is called Cacophonix, the chief is called Vitalstatistix, and the village elder is called Geriatrix, and there is a Roman centurian called Christmasbonus.
The flaws are pretty obvious though. The special effects don't look very convincing, and poor dubbing makes this film look weirder that it is already meant to be. Also, the only special feature on the disk is the trailer.
Still, a very good film, I recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film destroyed by dubbing 28 May 2007
I saw this first in French with English subtitles which I'd give at least four stars to. While you lose the wit of the English book translations this way, at least you can appreciate the film and the performances. Shame the only version available seems to be the grotesquely dubbed version.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only in English! 27 Dec 2007
I bought this film hoping to get a choice of whether to watch it in the original language (French) with subtitles, or in English. In the description of the product it states - Language: French German
This was not the case. The only version on the DVD was the English dubbed version. Disappointed! Hopefully Amazon will update the information so other customers won't be misled.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great movie marred by horrid English dubbing 30 July 2009
Disclaimer: I am not (and do not speak) French.

This is a wonderful movie, or it would be, had the DVD been left in its original form with French dialogue. The English dubbing is annoying in part because the lack of lip-syncing is distracting but also (and this is a far more heinous offence) the English voiceovers are *terrible*.

The voice actors put on these terrible high-pitched and over the top performances that are not only hard to listen to but actually detract you from enjoying what would be an otherwise great film.

Do yourself a favour, find the French version. I am.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny at first... but you get bored quickly 7 Jun 2013
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This was the first on-screen adaption of the famous French comic and it was reportedly the most expensive French Film of the 20th century to produce.

For those of you that have read the comics, this film takes elements from Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and the Soothsayer, Asterix and the Goths, Asterix the Legionary and Asterix the Gladiator. The story is set in 50 B.C. and Asterix and Obelix are happily living in a village in Gaul where the townsfolk are turned into mighty soldiers by a magic potion brewed by the Druids. When Cesar and his Roman troops are travelling through Gaul to get to the English Channel, they discover the secret of this potion and take the Druid leader who knows the formula captive. Asterix and Obelix set off to rescue the Druid leader and face a number of challenging situations.

I expected this movie to be a really lighthearted film that would be full of funny gimmicks bordering on slapstick style comedy and that's exactly what it was. The film started out great with vibrant sounds, colours and magnificent scenic views. The acting was as I had expected and was all very over the top with ridiculous accents and costumes. Whilst I was really engaged in the movie for the first half an hour or so, I soon became quite bored with it as it was simply too long. This film lasts, in total, around one hour and forty five minutes which is too long for myself to be engaged in the novelty and hilarity of this sort of film. The CGI effects of this film are absolutely awful at times, though extremely funny, so I'm really surprised that this was the most expensive French-language film production of the twentieth century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good one
good one for the kids
Published 1 month ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars OK.
Published 1 month ago by tartlane
1.0 out of 5 stars Dubbed
This doesn't work as a dubbed movie. Gerard Dépardieu with a West Midlands accent just sounds silly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judith Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Asterix and Obelix rule!
I am now in my late fifties and grew up with the Asterix and Obelix books so it was good to see that there is a dvd featuring these two fun loving characters. Read more
Published 12 months ago by G.H.B
3.0 out of 5 stars Asterix and Obelix
Much as I like Gerard Depardieu, I am afraid I prefer Asterix and Obelix in cartoon form even though the characterisation was excellent
Published 16 months ago by MR.C.R. BAMBURY & mrs mm bambury
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY
Published 17 months ago by SUSANB
5.0 out of 5 stars Depardieu meets his ideal role!
Ever thought that someone hasn't really been cast in the right role? On occasion, I've thought that Depardieu was floundering around in the world of film, lost and misunderstood. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M Poole
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
We saw this film after having watched the sequel "Asterix and Cleopatre" and this was much of a let down. Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by A. Pechabadens
3.0 out of 5 stars Why the bad language?
It's almost great, but why does the English translation resort to using bad language? René Goscinny must be spinning in his grave.
Published on 1 July 2011 by Arty Wefeton
1.0 out of 5 stars It's in English!
Asterix And Obelix Take On Caesar (1999) by Christian Clavier, is a film that I was really looking forward to see, but when it arrived I was really disappointed to see that it is... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2009 by Clare Devaney
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