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Chocolat [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Juliette Binoche , Jonny Depp , Lasse Hallström    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Jonny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QGJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,907 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Now for the first time on Blu-ray. Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Juliet Binoche), and Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Chocolat is the beautiful and captivating comedy from the acclaimed director of 'The Cider House Rules'. Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne (Binoche) would make when she arrived in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town. In her very unusual chocolate shop, Vianne begins to create mouth-watering confections that almost magically inspire the straight-laced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness. But it is not until another stranger, the handsome Roux (Johnny Depp), arrives in town that Vianne is finally able to recognise her own desires.

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Chocolat is an enchanting, moving and heart-warming tale of love and temptation, a big-budget movie with its roots in European art house cinema. Magical and almost fairytale-like in theme, it's the story of the mysterious Vianne and her arrival in a quiet, old-fashioned French town at the end of the 1950s. Gradually her attitude to life and the delicacies that she prepares in her chocolate shop have a marked effect on the local people, bound as they are by the twin forces of religion and politics.

Juliette Binoche is perfect in the role of the sensuous, captivating Vianne--a masterstroke of casting matched by the performance of Judi Dench as the splendidly grumpy but ultimately inspiring matriarch Armande. Very much an ensemble piece, the whole cast are indeed excellent, with Johnny Depp (making a fair fist of an Irish accent) superb as the drifter Roux, the one man capable of unlocking Vianne's own desires. From its majestic opening swoop to the final, joyous scene, Lasse Hallström's film, based on the bestselling novel, is nothing short of a masterpiece.

On the DVD: As befits such a film, the DVD is an elegant, well thought out package. The movie itself is a visual feast, a combination of a beautiful setting, rich, opulent colours and textures and a mystical atmosphere. There's a range of documentary features examining the style of the film and its background, as well as an audio commentary and some excellent scenes deleted from the final cut. More in-depth notes are to be found in the accompanying booklet and the whole thing adds up to one of the most satisfying DVD releases in a long time. In one of the accompanying documentaries, Depp wonders if it is possible to create art through cinema. It may be a difficult task, but Chocolat is proof that it can be done.--Phil Udell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Poignant 9 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is simply lovely. The portrayal of a village's journey from being a repressed, almost Victorian, community to a vibrant, colourful 1950s liberation is beautiful. The transformation is brought about through the arrival of Vianne, who brings the passionate world of Chocolaterie to the pleasure-denied village.

What happens next is a journey the whole village is taken on, as they each in turn embrace or struggle with change. With actors including Johnny Depp, Juliet Binoche and Judi Dench, this film cannot disappoint. The narration makes it sounds almost fairytale-esque, adding to the magic of this beautiful story.

I recommend it to chocolate lovers, vintage-era lovers, Johnny Depp fans, and absolutely anyone who enjoys a good story told through film. It is slightly risque in parts, so I think the 12 rating is appropriate, but is certainly suitable for teenagers.

A lovely, heartwarming film - enjoy with a cup of cocoa and chocolate biscuit!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouth-watering confectionary 11 April 2002
Format:DVD
Delicious! A delightful fantasy of life, love, the power of desire, and the fight of good and evil. Eating chocolate during lent is used as a metaphor for breaking through oppressive tradition and living life with no prejudices. As the priest says - judge youself by what you embrace, not what you deny. The film is a magical humourous whimsy set in a "never-was" french village brimming over with slightly unreal characters. Juliet Binoche, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin and Judi Dench are delightful in their roles - Alfred Molina especially good as the driven but tragic Mayor, keeping the character from being a pantomime villain. Leslie Caron is still as radiant as she was in Gigi, and Johnny Depp ties with Juliet Binoche for the title of most beautiful person on the planet! Although he's probably a better guitar player.
The DVD transfer shows off the deep rich textures of the chocolate and the town to perfection, and enhances the musical score, which is almost a character in itself. The extra material is welcome, though a little lightweight - the commentary by director and producers is informative, although a few members of the cast would have enhanced it. The deleted scenes looked very interesting, but the sound on them was unfortunately inaudible. The documentary was the usual entertaining fluff. I would still recommend the DVD over the video, though, if only for the perfect picture and sound.
It's interesting that all the Brits reviewing the film on Amazon.co.uk praise it for it's eccentricities and fantasy, whereas all the americans on Amazon.com damn it for being unrealistic and manipulative. A film for dreamers, not cynics, perhaps?...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By bernie VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a unique movie with features and messages portrayed in "Babette's Feast (1988)" and "Like Water for Chocolate (1993)".

The story has been told many ways. Yet this movie is still unique in its presentation. We get to visit with our favorite actors and they do such a good job that they do not overwhelm the characters. I especially liked Alfred Molina who played a similar role in "Enchanted April (1992)" as someone that really was not a bad person; he was just misunderstood or has a misunderstanding and comes around later to be really a good guy.

Like "Babette's Feast", everyone is supposed to shun Vianne Rocher who goes out of her way to help people. And like "Like Water for Chocolate" the movie has a mystical feel.

Basic story is a town where everyone knows their place and duty is visited by a north wind caring a mysterious woman and her daughter. Their present's wakes up the people from their organized existence.

The DVD has all the DVD goodies that you are looking for, such as voice over, deleted scenes etc. And they do not force the coming attractions on you.

Chocolat
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A VERY PLEASANT CONFECTION... 30 Sep 2001
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This is a pleasant, though obvious, adult fable, broadly hinting at the often sensual, restorative, and mystical properties of chocolate. A beautiful and mysterious woman, Vianne, delightfully played by the winsome Juliette Binoche, along with her daughter, Anouk, arrive in a remote and very provincial French town, where she rents a patisserie from an elderly, crotchety woman, magnificently played by Judi Dench, and turns it into a chocolatier. From here, she concocts visually dazzling, mouthwatering amounts of chocolates, along with copious cups of hot cocoa made from a very special recipe, that are always sold or given by Vianne with a Julia Roberts style, mega watt smile. Vianne is always kind, compassionate, and tolerant. She is, therefore, a person to be feared by those who lack those traits. That is why she is greeted with bare civility by the town's mayor, wonderfully played by the always underrated, very talented Alfred Molina. He is a sanctimonious, intolerant, unhappy, religious prig, who insists on writing the sermons for the town's young, beleagured priest. Offended by Vianne's easy charm and her resistance to his invitation to attend church services, the mayor, whose hardened exterior hides a profound sorrow, declares war on Vianne, as he perceives her to be a threat to his established order of things.
Meanwhile, Vianne finally warms up and disarms her crotchety landlady, jumpstarts a tired marriage for two villagers, and befriends a battered woman, played with appropriate pathos, delicacy, and spirit by Lena Olin. She also manages a flirtation with an Irish drifter named Roux, well played by Johnny Depp, though they seem to lack chemistry together.
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