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Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who glides through the streets of Paris: observing. With wide eyes and a tiny grin, she sees the world in a magical light, discovering minor miracles every day. A shy girl whose favorite moments are spent alone skimming stones into the water, Amelie was raised by a pair of eccentrics who falsely diagnosed her with a heart problem at the age of six and so limited her exposure to the outside world. Now a free and independent woman, Amelie wears a bob that curls in every direction and dresses in red. With a job in a cafe and an aptitude for spying on her neighbors, Amelie entertains herself by enacting a series of homemade, kindhearted practical jokes. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who co-directed 'Delicatessen' and 'The City Of Lost Children' with Marc Caro) presents 'Amelie', a gorgeous and inventive film
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Amelie is a young girl in search of love - not for herself but for others that she meets during her life as a waitress in a small cafe. She herself has been starved of such affection as she has grown up and is motivated to rectify such gaps in the lives of others. This continues to satisfactory conclusions but, unexpectedly for Amelie, it also develops into a satisfactory conclusion for herself.
The film was made in 2001 and the source material is of high quality visually, and less importantly perhaps, in terms of audio. There is a considerable amount of voice-over dialogue in the form of Amelie's thoughts otherwise there are no special audio effects. If all of this seems potentially a trifle dull it is the achievement of the film that it proves to be charmingly engrossing instead.
For all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.
For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.'
The degree of improvement will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The screen, an important factor in visual products, is of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen. However, the television is a high performing 4K unit which delivers a compensating positive effect. The moderate screen size lacks the impact of larger screens but is less critical of film faults.
The contributing player is usefully able to separate the audio and visual signals before they leave to the television and pre-amp. That feature enhances both the visual and audio elements of the output. The audio, not so critical in the case, delivers an unusually wide-ranging and revealing performance as one would expect from a musician. Its precision is equally revealing of film tracks.
Readers with alternative equipment will have to interpret this review bearing in mind their own equipment and its comparative advantages and disadvantages.
The disc offers purchasers with suitable replay equipment a substantial improvement over the previous DVD
This BD is a transfer from a good quality original source and has responded well to the upgrade and is well worth considering
This movie is beatifull, really parisian. Audreay Tatou staring Amélie is a gorveous French actress and Matthieux Kassovitz staring Gino is great as well. The music by compositer Yann Tiersen are beautifull and give a lot of charm to the movie. You will laugh and cry. One ofmy favourite movie ever. I went to see it at the cinema in France in 1997 a d have watched it se eral times since. Ihighly recommend it.
I hope my review will be helfull and will decide you to wether or not purchase this beautifull French movie.
'Amelie' has been well reviewed elsewhere so there is no need for me to describe the storyline. What I can say is that you do not need to be a lover of French Cinema, nor a female, nor have pretentions to being an intellectual to absolutely enjoy this film. It is escapism at its finest all tied together with humour, intrigue, and a cast of characters who are easily identifiable in our own lives.
This is a film best enjoyed on a wet Sunday afternoon or curled up lazily with a partner in the evening. There is no violence, no trickery or trendy soundtrack, there is no sex, although there plenty of romance. It is just the finest stories, beautifully and believeably acted and intertwined and is guaranteed to leave you feeling uplifted but somewhat disappointed that the film had came to the end.
Buy it once and be prepared to either curb your enthusiasm and say nothing about it to your friends and family, or be prepared to buy it time and time again. Watch your own copy every few months or so and find something in 'Amelie' that you had missed before.
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