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The City of Lost Children (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Ron Perlman , Daniel Emilfork , Jean-Pierre Jeunet , Marc Caro    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different, but in a reaaally good way Aug. 12 2003
Format:DVD
If you like traditional Bad Boys II kinds of movies, with simple to follow, slam-bam action, you probably won't dig City of Lost Children. However, if you have an appreciation for unique cinematic style and stories that stray from the norm (and I really mean stray), this is probably going to float your boat.
The story is as follows, (I swear I'm not giving anything away either)...a circus strongman and an orphan girl team up to rescue a young boy who's been kidnapped by this futuristic religious cult called the Cyclops. They've intentionally blinded themselves and attached cyborg-like eye cameras so that they may "see God" better.
The Cyclops regularly kidnap children and take them to an evil madman whose accomplices include a 3 foot tall woman, 4 cloned dimwitted servants and a talking brain. (You heard me right.) The evil madman tries to tap into these children's dreams so that he may try and gain a soul.
Ok, if you're still reading this, clearly your intrigued. It's hard to describe the look and feel of this movie. It's got a little of everything, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, and comedy. It's dark and light at the same time. Sci-fi action enthusiasts should know that this really doesn't have a lot of action, so don't expect gunplay and martial arts, it's just not that type of movie.
The real reason to see this movie is for the cinematic style and visuals. Word to the wise, the only similarity between this and Amelie are these two reasons. Amelie is a much lighter feeling movie overall, so there are bound to be a few people who loved Amelie, but do not like City of Lost Children and perhaps vice versa. (And you will notice some of the same actors in both movies as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who will take your dreams away? July 26 2003
Format:DVD
THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN is a fantastic film from visionary directors Caro and Jeunet. Later Jeunet would helm ALIEN RESURRECTION, and they created the fantastic DELICATESSEN. But here is one of their most beloved creations in all its glory! The story centers around a mythical town where small children are being kidnapped by a gang of strange cyclops men with electronic eyes. They are taken to an evil scientist named Krank who is trying to mine their dreams so he can have emotions that make him happy. A small orphan and a circus strongman team up to find the children, and one overly hungry one in particular. Along the way their adventures are painted in big splashy set pieces populated with oddball characters that loom larger than life. The DVD gives you incredible choices! See it in widescreen, dubbed or French, or listen to the revealing commentary with American star Ron Perlman and Jeunet. Fans of BRAZIL and DARK CITY will be delighted. And David Lynch fans may recognize the moody score from Angelo Badalementi. Fashionistas can revel in the incredible costumes from Gaultier!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie Feb. 29 2004
Format:DVD
Ok look past the part that it is in subtitles. Now that your past the subtitles look past that it's french. If you can look past those two things you have a [heck] of a fantastic movie on your hands. The movie is creepy but tells a story unlike anyother. For people who enjoy fantasty with a twisted since of humor than I say give this movie a try . This is what I call a unique movie there will be some like it but in my mind no movie will ever be better than this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously wacked Baroque Adult Fantasy July 26 2003
Format:DVD
From the opening frames of a little boy's Christmas eve dream turned nightmare, this remarkable film by Jeunet and Caro (Delicatessen) is a singular cinematic achievement. This comictragic nightmare boasts some of the most extensive sets ever constructed (the entire city was built in a huge warehouse)and elaborate special effects that were so cutting edge they still boggle the senses today.
For those who care, there is a plot, in fact quite an elaborate storyline, but it 's really just a vehicle for a series of amazingly bizarre and visionary scenes that only Jeunet and Caro could come up with.
Part Grimms fairytale, part Phillip k Dickian sci fi tale, part Cocteau vision, City of Lost Children is like nothing you have ever seen.
The DVD is the only way to see this film. Because of the muted look (the film seems to take place in a perpetual twilight) the film looks grainy and indistinct in VHS. The DVD boasts a fine transfer and, as a bonus, an interesting commentary by Jeunet and actor Ron Perlman .
The score is lush and haunting, a great enhancement to a unique and in its own way, perfect film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Region Compatability June 24 2003
Format:DVD
this is not a review on the movie, but a review on this version of the DVD...
I purchased this region 1 version because it has two different screen ratios (4:3 and 1.85:1) on opposite sides of the DVD. It also has dubbed English and original French audio which was not available on the region 4 (Australian) version in my own country. I particularly wanted this version so I could choose how I wanted to play it as I do with other DVDs.
I was warned when placing my order that this version would not play on many multi-region players due to new copy protection schemes, however I found that I had no problem running it on our two stand alone multi region DVD players (OMNI SL-P3102S and Diamond DVD-101D), and also a Lite-On PC DVD drive which was region patched in firmware and software. The DVD would not play on an unmodified region 4 Playstation 2.
As for the movie, what more can I say... it's a cult classic and I enjoyed listening to the directors commentary for the first time. I look forward to playing it many more times in different formats, with the freedom of selecting screen ratio and audio options of MY choice.
Definately worth the extra $$$ to buy from overseas if you liked the movie in French the first time but wanted to watch the movie rather than read the subtitles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weird?
This movie has a lot of imiganation going for it. It has all sorts of crazy characters, a gang of child thiefs, a grown up with the mental capacity of a child, a brain in an... Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2011 by Sorpse
2.0 out of 5 stars Just wasn't my kind of movie...
On many levels this movie is great. Visually stunning & extremely stylish. Looked forward to it when I bought it and did not like it at all. Read more
Published on April 3 2009 by A. CHIASSON
3.0 out of 5 stars An original and intriguing film weighed down by a too often illogical...
I had been dancing around this French film (with subtitles) for several months, unsure how I would react to it, but I finally took the plunge and booked my passage to The City of... Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2006 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the stuff nightmares are made of.
I'll have to say that this movie is one of the scariest and saddest movies that I've ever seen, although it is very unique and even enjoyable at times because of the insane amounts... Read more
Published on July 20 2004 by Esn024
2.0 out of 5 stars jacque le blew- this blew!!!!!!!!
i take back my title , maybe this movie just wasn't for everyone. the dubbing was awful, and story just dragged on for too long. but all isn't lost........ Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by nikinak
5.0 out of 5 stars The wierdest movie I've ever seen!
This was one of the most bizarre and well done movies I've ever seen. It took me about three times watching it to understand the plot completely, but it was well worth it. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by Emily Bronte
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
So few movies these days really capture my mind. This is one of those movies from start to finish hands down one of the best. Read more
Published on June 13 2004 by P. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars An adult-fairy tale
What does a man-made being who can't dream do? Why, take dreams from children of course. Although this twisted version of a fairy tale may be an aquired taste, it's definately... Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
I read other reviews to make sure that I don't repeat anything. As always, a movie cannot satisfy everyone. So I wasn't surprised to see 5 stars as well as 1 stars. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Arvind Kumar
5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd and trippy, but great
This is definitely a French film. It's very surreal and the first time I watched it I had a little trouble following who was doing what and why. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by Annaleise Ferreira
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