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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec [DVD]


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  • Actors: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VQCA66
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,889 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug 2011
Format: Blu-ray
In 1912, and around 135 million years after being laid, a pterodactyl egg in a Parisian museum hatches and causes panic. Sightings of the flying monster are reported by newspapers and a chain of investigators delegate the case until a big game hunter is brought in to find the prehistoric creature. However, re-animating the pterodactyl was only a practice run for Professor Espérandieu, his ultimate aim is to assist the beautiful Adèle Blanc-Sec...

When Adèle first appears in the film she is on an expedition to Cairo. She hopes to retrieve the mummified body of a Pharaoh's doctor who (once brought back to life) will be able to heal her comatose sister. The plot may sound ridiculous but the overall look of the film manages to pull it off without looking like a mess. The turn-of-the-century setting is blended with a modern style and visuals which almost make this feel like a fairy-tale world. Some of the characters have prosthetics which give them an otherworldly appearance which places them in an alternate reality and allow the viewer to accept the implausible concept. Inspector Conrad, for example, looks like Monty Python's Mister Creosote and Mademoiselle Blanc-Sec has the appearance of Mary Poppins crossed with Indiana Jones.

CGI is used extensively in the film and for the most part it looks very good, but there are some sequences involving CGI human's which aren't as convincing as the pterodactyl.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 14 Jun 2012
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From some of the reviews you can see that many people really like this movie and a few others were distinctly underwhelmed, as for me I'm right in the middle - not a great film, but certainly not a bad one either. If I had to give it a one liner it would be "a great family fun movie" and certainly worth viewing. Just enjoy the fun characters, don't think too much about the holes in the plot would have been 4 stars but for the rather poor special effects in places.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2011
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In 1912, and around 135 million years after being laid, a pterodactyl egg in a Parisian museum hatches and causes panic. Sightings of the flying monster are reported by newspapers and a chain of investigators delegate the case until a big game hunter is brought in to find the prehistoric creature. However, re-animating the pterodactyl was only a practice run for Professor Espérandieu, his ultimate aim is to assist the beautiful Adèle Blanc-Sec...

When Adèle first appears in the film she is on an expedition to Cairo. She hopes to retrieve the mummified body of a Pharaoh's doctor who (once brought back to life) will be able to heal her comatose sister. The plot may sound ridiculous but the overall look of the film manages to pull it off without looking like a mess. The turn-of-the-century setting is blended with a modern style and visuals which almost make this feel like a fairy-tale world. Some of the characters have prosthetics which give them an otherworldly appearance which places them in an alternate reality and allow the viewer to accept the implausible concept. Inspector Conrad, for example, looks like Monty Python's Mister Creosote and Mademoiselle Blanc-Sec has the appearance of Mary Poppins crossed with Indiana Jones.

CGI is used extensively in the film and for the most part it looks very good, but there are some sequences involving CGI human's which aren't as convincing as the pterodactyl.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Billion on 10 Jun 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I wasn't too sure about this. I've been more and more disappointed each time I've seen a Besson movie and I was dreading this, but the result is absolutely charming. It's fun, witty,well-paced, with a dose of second degree humour and a huge dose of gallic charm.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By riverlooy on 9 Jun 2012
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Such a good fun film, funny as only the French can do, slap stick, farce, crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations. Yes it's "Indiana" clone but more fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tina Fry on 4 Mar 2012
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Must we really be submitted to adverts for stuff like confectionary at the beginning? Surely by buying our own DVD we are buying the right not to be advertised at? Yeesh!

The movie itself was great fun! You couldn't predict the script and we really enjoyed Adele's lively character. One to keep and watch again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ranald T Adams on 19 Feb 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I bought this and sat down to watch it with my daughter. What complete fun! Not all adventures belong to boys. Highly recommended if you've got a girl in the family who doesn't quite fit the fluffy princess mold. (And you'd like something a little less rambunctious than, say, something like "La Femme Nikita.")
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