I rented this from my DVD rental service - and I have to say this is one of the worst films I have seen in quite some time. Binche pays this spy teacher who has invited Elliott's children to stay with her, so they can meet, but someone out there doesn't want them to meet, and all of this is 5 or so days before September 11th, 2001.
This film is trying to sell itself on the 9/11 bandwagon, but it's got nothing to do with it - I am sorry if this spoils the movie for you, but it's better to know now than later. If you want to watch this with the likes of World Trade Center, and United 93, then it's not really in that league. Don't get me wrong - Juliette Binoche was great in this, but the uncomfortable relationship between David and Orlando was just not really necessary; and Nick Nolte really didn't get the role he deserved, he gets five minutes on-screen. The plot is long, boring and just silly really, and the people trying to attack the family are just annoying and you wish they would find something more productive to do.
The DVD is not much better either, you get zip all here, no subs, no trailer, nothing, oh yes, a lot of trailers at the beginning of the DVD, but this could be the usual rental copy guff that a lot of them suffer from these days. I was hoping for some sort of commentary to work out why this was so poor, but I was denied that luxury.
The picture and sound are well presented, with Venice looking very impressive. This is a good transfer, with the dark parts not too much like charcoal, and a good mix of colours and tones. The sound is good and well mixed.
The most annoying thing about this DVD though is the subtitles which are forced into the image on encoding - you cannot turn them off, which is frustrating. A lot of the dialogue is French and English anyway, but at times you get bits of Arabic and Italian thrown in.
This isn't a great movie, you could spend 1hr 52mins more wisely, guess it's all a matter of taste really.