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The City Of Lost Children [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.
• ‘Making Of’ Featurette
• Interview With Jean-Pierre Jeunet
• Interview With Jean-Paul Gaultier
• Audio Commentary By Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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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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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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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Just as I remembered it, very unusual and a good viewing. Very quick delivery.Published 1 month ago by Len.
One of my favourite films of all time. Amazing imagery and a great story.Published 3 months ago by David Holme
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