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  • Actors: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfolk, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
  • Directors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Producers: Claudie Ossard
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar. 2016
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0185P7LLW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The City of Lost Children is a dazzling fantasy adventure from Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, creators of Delicatessen. They bring their surreal vision to the story of Krank, a tormented scientist who sets about kidnapping local children in order to steal their dreams and so reverse his accelerated ageing process. When Krank’s henchmen kidnap his brother, local fisherman and former circus strongman One (Hellboy’s Ron Perlman) sets out on a journey to Krank’s nightmarish laboratory, accompanied by a little orphan girl called Miette.

With stunning visuals from Darius Khondji (Se7en), costumes from Jean-Paul Gaultier and a haunting score by David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, The City of Lost Children cemented Jeunet and Caro’s reputation as film-makers with a unique vision.

Extras
• ‘Making Of’ Featurette
• Interview With Jean-Pierre Jeunet
• Interview With Jean-Paul Gaultier
• Trailers
• Audio Commentary By Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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The fantastic visions of Belgian film-makers Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet find full fruition in this fairy tale for adults. Evoking utopias and dystopias from Brazil to Peter Pan, Caro and Jeunet create a vivid but menacing fantasy city in a perpetually twilight world. In this rough port town lives circus strongman One (Ron Perlman), who wanders the alleys and waterfront dives looking for his little brother, snatched from him by a mysterious gang preying upon the children of the town. Rising from the harbour is an enigmatic castle where lives the evil scientist Krank (Daniel Emilfork), who has lost the ability to dream and robs the nocturnal visions of the children he kidnaps, but receives only mad nightmares from the lonely cherubs. Other wild characters include the Fagin-like Octopus--Siamese twin sisters who control a small gang of runaways-turned-thieves--Krank's six cloned henchmen (all played by the memorable Dominique Pinon from Delicatessen), and a giant brain floating in an aquarium (voiced by Jean-Louis Trintignant). Caro and Jeunet are kindred souls to Terry Gilliam (who is a vocal fan), creating imaginative flights of fancy built of equal parts delight and dread, which seem to be painted on the screen in rich, dreamy colours. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 6 April 2002
Format: DVD
Only 3 stars for a Jeunet film!!! Please let me explain...
THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN is a film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet the genius behind Amelie & Delicatessen.
It tells the story of an orphan & a strongman/whale harpooner who try to rescue some children who have been kidnapped by an inventor so he can use their dreams.
The film is full of wierd & wonderful charactors & is a joy to watch. A 5 STAR MOVIE.
BUT THE DVD IS NOT.
The main problem I have with it is the English dubbing. Why no subtitles? It would be far better.
Also the extras are very sparse. You only get filmographies & a picture gallery.
That said if you loved Amelie or are a fan of Jeunet at the low price its worth having in the collection. Lets hope for a better version soon!!!
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Yes I agree with all the above comments this film is brilliant but the poor english dubbed version will spoil it for most.
The answer is to buy the widescreen video version, as this is in the original french with subtitles. But if you buy the standard version (like me) or the dvd you will only hear English.
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This is a truly great film from the team behind Delicatessen, I loved it in the cinema I loved it on video and when it came out on DVD I could'nt wait to see it in crystal clear digital glory. I was however horrified to find the picture looked like a cheap Tiawanese rip-off, the sound was worse than my ageing video and to cap matters off you have to listen to the worst dubbing of a film I have ever had the misfortune to hear (the audio track does not have the original French!!!). This is beyond doubt the worst DVD I have ever seen or heard, my advice is don't even think about purchasing this disc wait until they give this brilliant film the release it deserves.
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By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2002
Format: DVD
Created by the makers of "Delicatessen", city of the Lost Children is a visual tour de force, and a delightfully surreal fairy tale for adults. It is heartbreaking that all it takes to ruin the experience is the appallingly amateurish DVD version.
Those who are familiar with the works of Jeunet/Caro know that they put great effort into making sound and pictures work well together, a tradition carried over to "Amelie".
Someone ought to have told this to the english actors who dubbed the DVD. The voice acting is as convincing as a primary school play, and sounds as if the actors were picked up from the neighbouring fish-and-chip shop.
There are no extras on the DVD worth mentioning.
Avoid the DVD, but get the original on VHS (or laserdisc) or even better, see it on the big screen where it rightfully belongs.
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Having read some of the other reviews, I thought I'd add my two penny's worth. I caught this film when it first came out in the cinema and loved it. The imagination and the atmosphere were magical. Another reviewer's comment about the Brothers Grimm was spot on. But this was when seen in French with English subtitles. Excited by this I got it on video straightaway and couldn't believe how badly they had destroyed the film with really bad dubbing. It felt characterless and flat - no resonance with the film characters. I am still trawling for the DVD in French with English subtitles. It can't be that difficult. I had hoped Amelie might generate enough demand for this but I haven't found it yet.
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The City of Lost Children has been high on my blu ray wish list since the format first appeared, but this disc delivers a crushing blow to my hopes of finally having the superior video quality this visually stunning movie deserves. Clearly, the transfer is identical to the one used for the US release late in 2015 as it suffers the same overbearing characteristic of being waaaaay too dark. To quote one review, this transfer basically gives you nothing but deep, solid blackness "for almost anything that isn't blasted with light". As this is quite a dark film to begin with, this essentially means that it's a little like watching a back light puppet show.

Is it really, truly awful? No.

Is it distracting? Yeah, kinda.

Is it heartbreakingly disappointing that Studio Canal couldn't do any better than this? Most definitely!

Audio is fine, extras are thin, but frankly none of this matters when the film is just so horrible to look at.
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A visually splendid film with a very un-Hollywood perspective. One of my 10 favorite films, ever, 5+ stars. I could only get the DVD in Australia as a 4:3 transfer, so I ordered this version from the UK at double the local price for it's glorious widescreen - then was shocked to discover there was no French language option, rendering my purchase worthless to me. This DVD is recommended for those who speak only English and are illiterate. All others look for a better edition that offers both the correct framing and the original voices. This film deserves better.
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Sorry to say that this is a 'me too' review. I saw this film a long time ago, with the original French dialogue and subtitles, and it blew me away. The acting is astonishing, especially from the little girl, whose voice penetrates the soul, an incredibly powerful performance. I don't want to belittle any of the other performances, which are just as good, and the sum total is mind-bending - you are swept away into a totally different, new, and fantastical world, which is by turns both utterly dreamlike and utterly real and engaging.
However, all this is swept away on the DVD version which SUCKS DONKEY POOP in a very big way. The voice acting is weak beyond comprehension. Did the voice actors never see the film with the sound playing? Where did they get these people? They are certainly not actors.
This is definitely one of my top ten favourite films of all time, but the DVD is one of my top ten cinematic disappointments. DO NOT BUY THE DVD! IT'S A TRAIN WRECK!
Maybe one day someone will bring out the PROPER version of the DVD. Maybe they'll put some decent extras on it too!
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