The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Blu-ray Review
Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a
triumphant and visionary
adventure-comedy feature film from renowned filmmaker Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element).
The story is an adaptation of the acclaimed comics
created by Jacques Tardi. I definitely see the appeal of the stories
as it surrounds the early1900's in France; amazingly, it also deals
technologies such as those from Ancient Egypt. Creativity is bountiful
feature film version, which stars Louise Bourgoin as the protagonist;
character Adele, who goes on many adventures and journeys.
are a few central elements to the feature film version of the story, as
by Besson. At the center of the story, the film is actually a
involving work about the journey and quest Adele takes to try and save
sister, who almost died in a disturbing accident years prior. Adele is
determined to try and save her sisters life, and that is the central
the entire story.
sister cannot be saved by normal medical help and has a pin lodged in
would kill her if removed. So she decides to seek help from ancient
going towards the Egyptian ideas of medicine and preservation. She
help of a wacky but charming scientist who understands how to make a
to past creatures and worlds, and who forms a connection to a Pterosaur dinosaur in France, which
becomes birthed and unleashed upon the French people.
this unbelievable incident, Adele's kooky aid becomes a death-penalty
because he is blamed for deaths caused by the Pterosaur as he was found
for the creature. Adele must work to try and save her aid from this
to resolve the issue of the newborn Dino Pterosaur flying all around
and uncover a way to awaken a sleeping mummy she was able to bring back
her from Egypt to see if he has the medical powers needed to save her
certainly no easy task for her to do any of the above mentioned things,
Adele is determined, energetic, enthusiastic, and smart. This is her
Bourgoin is wonderfully cast as the central character. The film
excels from focusing on Adele's storyline, and Bourgoin does a great
bringing the character to life. I wasn't sure what to expect of the
going in (having not read the comics the film is adapted from) but I
pleased to be greeted with a kick-butt female hero who has smarts,
and skill. It was sort of like watching a female Indiana Jones in the
Egyptian scenes and as the story unfolds the character is a unique,
and excitingly realized one. Bourgoin is charming, funny, and capable
bringing emotional depth to the character.
is firing on all of his cylinders here and in a different way than I
find from the filmmaker. Surprisingly, The
Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec can even be considered
as an introductory
effort from Besson as a family friendly filmmaker. This is the quality
makes the film most enjoyable, to some degree. Besson goes
within the word of Adele, and makes the film a charming, offbeat, and
tale which families can enjoy together. Adele
Blanc-Sec certainly offers delights for all ages and that
the movie even more spectacular to behold given the filmmaker involved.
Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec might
never be recognized as one
of the best movies of Besson's career but it is certainly one of his
inventive efforts. The film offers great adventure, comedy, heart, and
from beginning to end. The special effects are truly amazing, the music
by Eric Serra is lushly involving, and the landscapes and journeys
unfold in a
genuinely exciting way. It's a film that can be equally enjoyed by film
Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is
presented on Blu-ray with an
impressive transfer in the 2.34:1 aspect ratio. The film has been given
High Definition transfer utilizing an MPEG-4 AVC encoding. With a
and a good encode the film has shined magnificently on Blu-ray. The
depth, and overall look of the film is refined, beautiful, and well
with the Shout Factory release.
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is
certainly impressive. I don't recommend listening to the film with the
dub but to select the original French language track. I was actually
impressed by the dubbing efforts, but the lip synch issue is still
always is the case in dubs of live-action films. The fidelity also
slightly better with the lossless French track. However, either option
impressive sound design with good clarity and directionality. Eric
score sounds beautiful with lossless sound clarity.
supplements included on this
Making of The
Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (26
offers some behind the scenes footage, interviews, and occasional film
throughout the featurette. It's a reasonably good extra with some
on the production of the film.
showcase a few
brief moments between Adele and her sister, which seem to demonstrate
competitive edge already highlighted in the main film: it made sense to
these scenes, but it's interesting to see them included on the release
nonetheless. (2 minutes).
is also a brief behind-the-scenes
piece which focuses on the creation of a song created for the film with
contributing the singing. It's not a particularly informative piece
making of the song but it more accurately demonstrates the shyness of
who worked on the piece. (2 minutes).
Bourgoin does an impressive job in bringing the role of Adele to life
fun, smart, and thrilling adventure-comedy by Luc Besson. I was quite
to realize that the great French filmmaker had finally made a family
effort. It's a colorful, inventive, and satisfying journey with a
some mummy's, and some other neat peculiarities.
feel like this release is worth purchasing. However, I would like to
make my recommendation
indicate a rental first for two main reasons: 1) the film is a bit too
some viewers, and 2) a director's cut release has been announced as an
Blu-ray from Shout Factory. As I'd typically prefer to recommend a
cut to a theatrical version, I would suggest renting both versions and
which one you would rather purchase to add to your collection.
to discover the film and to see which edition
(theatrical or directors cut) you would prefer owning.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.