The City of Lost Children (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This is a very good DVD copy with the German language. I already have the French only language copy with the same quality. Read morePublished 18 days ago by One with and extensive Movie Collection from Beta, LaserDisc, DVD, Blu-ray: Multipul Copies of title
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2011 by Sorpse
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 morePublished on April 3 2009 by A. CHIASSON
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 morePublished on Oct. 18 2006 by Daniel Jolley
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 morePublished on July 20 2004 by Esn024
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 morePublished on July 8 2004 by nikinak
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 morePublished on June 13 2004 by Emily Bronte
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