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on 24 June 2011
Having watched the forst movie titled Arthurs incredible journey where you are introduced to the Minimoys that live in Arthurs grandparents garden. Well this is the second adventure my children eagerly awaited to see what happens this time around. We were not disappointed! Superb graphics, storyline, animation,vocabulary a good allround family entertainment film. It is fun trying to identify the voice overs however in the first Madonna was the lead female unfortunately this changed so that was a shame for me kids didnt notice. Definately recommend my kids are 8 and 10 boy and girl both loved it.
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on 24 June 2011
I did wonder whether this film would be as good as the first one, as often the second film tries to match the first and fails.
But I can honestly say this film was just as good and very enjoyable.
Both my children enjoyed the film and wanted to watch it again. Always a good sign with kids!
The animation is brilliantly done and the plot so enthralling that you are with Arthur in the film (if you know what I mean).
Brilliant, entertaining, magical,good plot, good ending.
Thank you.
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on 10 August 2013
I made the mistake of buying Arthur and the Great Adventure at the same time as Arthur 3 and the War of Two Worlds. They are identical!!!!!!! There is nothing in feedback on either that suggests these are the same film - but they are..... Hugely disappointing...
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on 8 February 2016
actually Arthur and the great adventure is an edited version of Arthur 2 the revenge of maltazard and Arthur 3 the war of the two worlds which are the true sequels to Arthur and the invisibles.
Arthur and the great adventure is the English version of a so called sequel but it has 95 minuets of footage missing as th English version is on film made out of two.
I would therefore advise not purchasing the English title Arthur and the graet adventure but instead purchasing the international version of Arthur 2 the revenge of maltazard and Arthur 3 the war of the two worlds which are available in a double box set as pictured
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on 15 December 2014
ARTHUR AND THE GREAT ADVENTURE [2009] [Blu-ray] Family Fantasy Hits The Spot!

When Arthur uncovers a distress call sent from Minimoys, the invisible people who live in his own back yard, he knows that once again, he must embark on a great adventure to battle against the evil Maltazard and save Princess Selenia. Little does he know that this is an evil trick by his arch nemesis to reverse the magic of transformation to become a giant when Arthur passes into the Minimoy's world. Now at less than half an inch tall, Arthur must save his own world from a giant evil Maltazard. Will this little hero have what it takes? Acclaimed and visionary director Luc Besson, in the follow up to Arthur and The Invisibles, brings us this brilliant, live action, computer animated, family adventure, starring Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow and Selena Gomez with Jimmy Fallon, Snoop Dogg, Will.i.am, Fergie [Black Eyed Peas], Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. ‘Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard’ (Original French Title).

Cast: Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, Logan Miller, Penny Balfour, Robert Stanton, Ron Crawford, Jean Bejote Njamba, Matthew Gonder, Laurent Mendy and Alan Fairbairn

Voice Cast: Selena Gomez, Jimmy Fallon, Snoop Dogg, Fergie, Omar Sy, Will.i.am, Lou Reed, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gérard Darmon, Paul Bandey, Mylène Farmer, David Gasman, Barbara Scaff, Michel Duchaussoy, Doug Rand, Fred Testot, Jacques Frantz, Cartman, Saïd Amadis, Bernard Alane, Allan Wenger, Leslie Clack, Jerry Di Giacomo and Rohff

Director: Luc Besson

Producers: Luc Besson, Emmanuel Prévost and Stéphane Lecomte

Screenplay: Céline Garcia (characters), Luc Besson (characters) and Patrice Garcia (characters and universe)

Composer: Eric Serra

Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 107 minutes

Number of discs: 1

Region: Region B/2

Studio: Entertainment Films

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: This is nicely acted and Luc Besson deserves some sort of award for casting Lou Reed and Iggy Pop as its villains. Co-written and directed by Luc Besson, Arthur and the Great Adventure is the sequel to 2006's part animation, part live action Arthur and the Invisibles, though it actually combines both the 2nd and 3rd films in the series ‘Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard’ and ‘Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds.’ Arthur [Freddie Highmore], who doesn't seem to have aged at all, is excited to return to the animated land of the Minimoys, but horrified when his father [Robert Stanton] announces that they will shortly be leaving his grandmother's [Mia Farrow] house.

Beginning life in 2007 with ‘Arthur and The Invisibles,’ which at that time, was the most expensive French production in history, the third entry in this children’s animated series (co-created and directed by Luc Besson) comes to Blu-ray. A mixture of live-action and computer animation, this is the tale of a young boy called Arthur [Freddie Highmore] who yet again finds himself teaming up with his mystical friends, The Minimoys. They are little elf-like creatures who live in the woods, and this time around, the two worlds collide as villain Maltazard escapes from his miniature surroundings with a potion which enables him to grow to human size. Arthur calls on the help of his friends Replay and Snow and they too, venture to the outside world in an attempt to stop Maltazard.

With elements of ‘The Borrowers’ and ‘A Bug’s Life,’ ‘Arthur and the Great Adventure’ which is also, rather confusingly, billed as ‘Arthur 3: the War of the Two Worlds,’ state-side, will certainly appeal to many kids out there, but unlike the recent critical and commercial hits to stem from both DreamWorks Animation and Disney/PIXAR, apart from a witty little homage to ‘Star Wars,’ there is little here to engage an adult audience. Everything is pitched at a child-like level, and many of the flesh and blood grown-up cast give extremely broad and irritatingly OTT performances, even for a children’s film. Once again, it’s left to the computer artists to do their best to create a world of wonder, and for the most part, they do an admirable job.

The CGI characters integration into the real world is surprisingly impressive and definitely has that wow factor, particularly the now-huge and imposing Maltazard (voiced by a less-than-enthusiastic Lou Reed of all people!) whose interaction with both Arthur’s family and the broader human world is as flawless and believable as the crustacean-like aliens in District 9. Highmore (last seen as a young Nigel Slater in the small-screen adaptation of his biography, Toast) once again plays both the live-action and Minimoy-ied Arthur, a transformation achieved by a magic telescope, and gives a pretty likable performance in each world.

There’s little here to suggest Luc Besson’s directorial imprint on the material, although Maltazard visage resembles a slimmed-down version of Zorg’s canine-looking henchmen in the director’s intergalactic yard, ‘The Fifth Element,’ but many of the action scenes, both in the digital and real world, have an exciting, cinematic flair to them and the live-action sequences, set in a nondescript, small-town 1960’s America, are imbued with a crisp, nostalgic gleam and a vision palette that appears to be a precursor to Luc Besson’s recent big-screen release, ‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec.’

Although ‘Arthur and the Great Adventure’ is extremely unlikely to give PIXAR, Lasseter and Company any sleepless nights, there’s enough imagination on display here to keep kids entertained, although with a running time of over 100 minutes, it may test the patience of a very young audience, but still these films are not always mainly aimed at youngsters, the whole family can indulge and enjoy this film very much. The biggest fascination thereafter is in trying to guess how Luc Besson was able to lure actors of the quality of Freddie Highmore [who I thought was totally out of his depth and a totally useless actor and Mia Farrow to the project, as well as a voice cast packed full of music pop icons.

Blu-ray Video Quality – The film ‘Arthur and The Great Adventure’ is presented in the theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and the stunning 1080p encoded anamorphic image that is enhanced for widescreen televisions is awesome. With only a couple of exceptions, sharpness is stunning in these films, and the colour saturation is gorgeous. The live action sequences are also wonderfully realised in terms of sharpness, colour and flesh tone accuracy, and black levels. The animated sequences reveal no banding, and overall, the results are simply splendid. The film looked like a 3D presentation, but of course the transfers is only 2D, of course. Please Note: Playback Region B/2: This will not play on most Blu-ray players sold in North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – Is as good as the soundtracks on any PIXAR or DreamWorks CGI film on Blu-ray, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track is reference quality all the way. There are wonderful pans, swoops, and zooms across and through the sound field, and the music has a terrific resonance throughout the film. Bass levels are quite deep and most impressive. Dialogue shows up clearly in the centre channel. So all in all, this is top notch quality surround sound that at times will make you duck, thinking the animals and insects have invaded your lounge.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Theatrical Trailer [1080p] [2.35:1] [00:30] This is the Original Theatrical Trailer for ‘Arthur & The Great Adventure.’

Sneak Peaks: Space Chips 2: Zartog Strikes Back; Animals Unlimited in 3D and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Finally, it’s a colourful and highly imaginative milieu, with plenty of amusing touches, which grow into witty-in-jokes, like Arthur’s untamed hair in his micro-form being such a turn-on for Minimoy girls, while Luc Besson’s decidedly cine-literate approach to such obvious children’s entertainment boasts a surplus of both content and style likely to appeal to parents and film buffs in general. It’s a cliché to claim that a “family film” has “something for everyone” but, in this case, that’s very probably true. Honest! If you enjoyed the fantasy and adventure of those otherworldly micro-verse realms, as depicted in digital-animation films like ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ and ‘A Bugs Life,’ then Luc Besson’s magical ‘Arthur and The Great Adventure’ film should appeal, especially as its humour skilfully avoids the sentimentally of a typical Disney product and a PIXAR free mentality. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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on 31 October 2011
`Arthur and the Invisibles' was a French made CGI cartoon that came out of nowhere and impressed me. Its French origins meant that it had a different look and feel from the usual American cartoons, but it also had great characters and story. The follow up, `Arthur and the Great Adventure' should essentially be the same again. However, this time all the elements that just managed to work, fail. Freddie Highmore returns as Arthur, but the majority of the cast have been revoiced. Who would have thought you would miss Madonna and David Bowie in a movie? When the replacements are Iggy Pop and Selena Gomez, you soon realise that Bowie and Madonna have far better ranges of voice acting than some.

Even with a slightly different cast the film should still have worked due to the sheer imagination of the world. There are moments that are breath taking; the opening scene of Minimoys farming, or the chase scene involving rats. Elements cherry picked from the film work, but as a whole it is one of the most confused and messy films I have seen since `Men in Black 2'. More of `Arthur 2' takes place in the real world and this is not a good thing. The CGI characters look incredible within the real world and suggest that a `Who Framed Roger Rabbit' remake would work brilliantly, but what they are doing makes no sense. The story remains a confused dog's dinner and utterly undermines any of the ideas on the screen.

I still believe that the worlds of Arthur and the Minimoys have plenty to offer, but the team behind the films need to spend more time concentrating on the story, rather than making the films visually stunning. The third in the series, `Arthur and the Two Worlds War', is likely to get an UK release, I hope it is better than the unfortunate second outing.
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on 22 June 2015
Just to clarify for anyone who might think of buying the other movie titled "Arthur 3"...dont.

Arthur and the Great Adventure is actually two movies merged into one, re-edited and re-scripted to fit one film instead of two....I'm unsure why they didnt release them as two movies and decided to merge them (note the second film ends as maltazard becomes human size and the third film is all about the battle in the town). I'm assuming its got something to do with the poor box office of the first movie (infact in america, both movies werent edited together and released straight to dvd) but its still strange why they did this.

However its an alright follow up to the first, fun for the kids, animation is pretty good too, its french so its different from anything you seen from like pixar or dreamworks, but works well as well as blending with the live action sequences as well.
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on 21 August 2011
As with some sequels, sometimes the quality of the story is somewhat diluted, but in the case of Arthur and the Great Adventure (or Arthur 2, if you like), that is not the case and both my six and three years old absolutely loved it, especially I quote 'the ladybird cars' !! Most of the original cast are present, although some of the voices of the animated main characters have now changed but that does not detract from what is a great sequel - if your children liked the first film, they should equally love this one !!
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on 9 June 2013
Windersful movie for kids .. one of those dvd's parents just love , beause even before the final credits are rolling the kids are shouting Mom put it on again , we want to watch Arthur again . Well what more can i say , This SAdventure is one of those .. We love them . and so do the Kids .. highly recomended .
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on 26 August 2011
Admitadly this was bought for my son as we also have the first of the Arthur movies, he had no complaints but I would say the story lacks on this one, and always dissapointed when the actors/artists drop out of doing the voice over as I enjoyed Bowie as the evil M! A great watch anyhoo
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