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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec [DVD]

Louise Bourgoin , Mathieu Amalric , Luc Besson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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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 (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VQCA66
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is the latest film from acclaimed director Luc Besson, and it’s one that ranks with some of his finest work. It’s also, comfortably, one of the year’s most enjoyable movies.

Set during early 20th century Paris, and based on the comic book series of the same name, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec finds the title character embarking on some far-fetched quests, with the feel of an old-fashioned family adventure movie. It’s a winning mix, and certainly makes for exciting cinema.

The film is helped by its casting, too, not least Louise Bourgoin as Adele Blanc-Sec. But it’s also an exciting, funny and adventurous movie, that’s got no shortage of imagination to it. It effortlessly blends different genres, and while there’s the odd bump across the film’s running time, it’s a small price to pay for such an enjoyable, rollicking film.

Hopefully, all concerned can be convinced to reunite for further adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. For now, though, it’s hard to resist the many, many charms of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. --Jon Foster

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Legendary director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon) transports us to the wild days of early Twentieth Century Paris, where feisty young writer Adele Blanc-Sec embarks on thrilling missions to find exciting material for her book and a cure for her sick sister. She sails to Egypt to raid a tomb that supposedly hides the cure, but what will she do when an army of resurrected mummies get in the way? Back in Paris she finds the city in chaos after a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg mysteriously hatches. Adele realises she is the only one game enough to take control of the prehistoric bird. ...The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010) ( Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec ) ( Adele and the Secret of the Mummy )

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun romp 14 Jun 2012
By Paul
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars So good 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie! 4 Mar 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure for Girls 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very lightweight
Published 1 month ago by Norman Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely and entertaining! Highly enjoyable!
Published 1 month ago by Liliana El-Minyawi
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it so much I bought the DVD
Very good fantasy film set in early 1900's Paris with a dinosaur and mummies all native to paris and speaks French of course (not including the Dinosaur cos that would be silly),... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mmuw
4.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force
If this film had been made in America we would have seen a ballsy girl challenging the establishment with wise cracks and four letter words. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Philip Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I love this film. I'm learning French at the moment so I'm trying to immerse myself in all things French so I can hear the language more often rather than just textbooks. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars quirky
You are either a fan or not. And if you are tuned into Besson humour you will enjoy this film. I thought it was great
Published 4 months ago by John A. Garrett Esq
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres bien!
I bought this film as I am studying french and like to watch films with subtitles just in case I can't quite follow the dialogue (which, sadly, is fairly often...). Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Crampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great loved it!
I would recommend this to anyone who loves quirky and interestingly different films, don't know why it took so long to discover it, are there more? I hope so.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Simon Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It is a great movie it has a lot of action from beginning to end and is a good laugh :)
Published 5 months ago by Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!
Good fun! And well made with a beautiful French actor. one of those films which don't have to be a Hollywood blockbuster to be entertaining.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. G. Lambert
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