A fun, effects-driven film, full of quirky characters and impossible events. The story is just a bit rough around the edges, but Adèle's spunk and Besson's eccentricity makes up for it. Many of the best bits are in the preview, but the journey through the film world is both luxuriant and charming, and the ending will still be a surprise. I've never read the original Jacques Tardi books written in the 70s so I can't compare, but fans of director Luc Besson will be pleased. Be sure to watch through the credits for an additional scene! It's truly a shame it doesn't seem that the film will be released in the US any time soon, but perhaps Besson is planning on filming a Hollywood version?
The Blu-ray contains the original film in French with choice of English or French subtitles. The special features are in French only, but will still be enjoyable to watch for English speakers. The disc plays fine in the US on standard players.
Special features (in French) include:
Adèle & Agathe - cut scenes developing the sister's relationship
Une journée dans les coulisses avec Louise - a short about Adèle's various disguises
Parenthèse Onirique - (no dialogue) assorted artistic behind-the-scenes clips
Documentaire du tournage - an interesting "Making of" documentary.