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 "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

As the tale opens, Adele, a redheaded , wisecracking, hard-living adventurer and novelist living in pre-WWI France is on a mission in Egypt. She is attempting to retrieve a sarcophagus and tote it back to Western Europe, while fending off complications wrought by her nemesis, archaeologist Dieuleveult. She succeeds on both fronts, but runs headfirst into another issue: a Parisian scientist with the power to heal Adele's comatose sister has accidentally let loose an ancient Pterodactyl above the Parisian skies. While a zany detective and a hunter attempt to eliminate the creature, the villains turn up yet again and try to thwart Adele's long-term plans.  

Specifications

  • Shout! Factory
  • 2013, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 47 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English or French 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring : Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche
  • Directed by: Luc Besson
Rating
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  • Violence: Comic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Though a bit uneven in the storyline, the overall feel of the movie is bit of Tin-Tin and a dash of Indiana Jones with a splash of Jurassic Park. With a $40 million budget, Besson does not follow the usual formula from Hollywood in the comic book adaptation, but he does manage to entertain. Some of the comedic characters are wonderfully enjoyable. Not all of the CGI holds up to the scrutiny of high resolution, but for the most part, the set design pieces and makeup look terrific. Mummies and dinosaurs…how can you miss? I recommend this flick for parents and children over the age of eight.  

Technical

Picture and sound are exemplary. Lots of details in texture and colors make this film a lot about eye candy. The sound has lots of surround effects and some surprisingly deep bass output as well. I enjoyed the original music soundtrack as well, as it complimented the “feel” of the film with wit and whimsy.

Extras

Mon Deiu:  Only some deleted scenes, "making of" and a music featurrette.