City Of Lost Children
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City Of Lost Children

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Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cast: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork

     
 

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's visually stunning, adult fairy tale comes to startling life on DVD. The bold vision of the French duo is just as warped as it was in the cinema. The surreal, colorful imagery is served well on DVD. Much of the film is enshrouded in shadows or lit by candles, so a quality transfer was vital. Luckily, the digital transfer does not… See more details below

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Overview

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's visually stunning, adult fairy tale comes to startling life on DVD. The bold vision of the French duo is just as warped as it was in the cinema. The surreal, colorful imagery is served well on DVD. Much of the film is enshrouded in shadows or lit by candles, so a quality transfer was vital. Luckily, the digital transfer does not distill cinematographer Darius Khondji's magical craftsmanship. Jean-Paul Gaultier's costumes have never looked better on a TV screen. The sound is always crisp and clear. Barking dogs, talking brains, cackling schoolteachers, and whispering children are all perfectly mixed for maximum effect. Angelo Badalamenti's haunting score sounds superb. The DVD is packed with special features. Director Jeunet and actor Ron Perlman's running commentary provides for a touching, light-hearted look at the filmmaking process. Viewers will snicker when they hear about a dog who wouldn't take orders and why he needed a urine wrangler. The costume design gallery consists of about twenty Gaultier sketches, some of them simply detailed close-ups of the same picture. An extensive production-stills gallery presents the films' sets as realized in black-and-white sketches, and "Talent Files" provides brief biographies/filmographies of Jeunet and Caro, Perlman, Badalamenti, and Gaultier. The theatrical trailer could teach Hollywood a great deal about film promotion; it is entirely free of dialogue and more than a tiny bit spooky. A stunning film, The City of Lost Children is beautifully presented on this DVD. It's an absolutely joyful experience.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
With The City of Lost Children, their second full-length feature, French filmmakers Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro cemented their claim to a distinct authorial style. An elaborate dystopian vision with a fairy tale sensibility, The City of Lost Children imagines a resolutely sui generis world of freak-show grotesques, Dickensian orphans, and Rube Goldbergian convolutions. Revealing a bottomless capacity for invention, Jeunet and Caro tell their story with ruthless precision and flamboyance. As with their feature debut, Delicatessen, Jeunet and Caro's follow-up betrays their roots in animation. The baroque production design and darkly epic scope inspired comparisons to Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and Blade Runner; a less cited, but equally apt, reference point is the Coen brothers: like the Coens, Jeunet and Caro practice a cinema of consummate and self-conscious manipulation. From the eerily airless mise-en-scene to the archetypal familiarity of the characters, the filmmakers' exacting style is tightly controlled and leaves little room for spontaneity. It's a modus operandi that sparks debate: the movie received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics accusing Jeunet and Caro of being soulless smart alecks interested only in the machinery, and not the humanity, of film. While not unfounded, the observation is also incomplete, failing to account for the signal pleasures of succumbing to the whims of master raconteurs.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
UPC:
0043396400191
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
5,208

Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: French [original language], English, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Full-screen and widescreen formats

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Perlman One
Daniel Emilfork Krank
Judith Vittet Miette
Dominique Pinon Clones,Diver
Jean-Claude Dreyfus Marcello the Flea-Tamer
Genevieve Brunet Octopus
Jean-Louis Trintignant Irvin
Serge Merlin Cyclops' Leader
Francois Hadji Lazaro Killer
Rufus Peeler
Ticky Holgado Ex-acrobat
Marc Caro Brother Ange-Joseph
Mapi Galan Lune
Briac Barthelemy Bottle
Joseph Lucien Denree
Ham-Chau Luong Tattoo Artist
Hong-Mai Thomas Tattoo Artist's Wife
Cris Huerta Father Christmas
Lorella Cravotta Woman at her Window
Nane Germon Miette, age 82

Technical Credits
Marc Caro Director,Art Director,Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Director,Screenwriter
Gilles Adrien Screenwriter
Vincent Arnardi Musical Direction/Supervision
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer,Songwriter
Aline Bonetto Set Decoration/Design
Pierre Excoffier Musical Direction/Supervision
Jean-Paul Gaultier Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerard Hardy Musical Direction/Supervision
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Guillaume Laurant Screenwriter
Thierry Lebon Musical Direction/Supervision
Claudie Ossard Producer
Elias Querejeta Co-producer
Jean Rabasse Production Designer
Herve Schneid Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [4:23]
2. The City [2:16]
3. Mr. One [6:14]
4. Birthday Party [2:08]
5. Making Krank Cry [2:19]
6. The Octopus [1:40]
7. The Robbery [4:25]
8. Retrieving One [2:41]
9. Informing the Octopus [6:41]
10. Cyclops Meeting [5:22]
11. Selling Information [2:31]
12. Recruiting Marcello [2:21]
13. Santa Krank [6:50]
14. Underwater Rescuer [5:10]
15. Miette & Friends [3:59]
16. Saving One [3:02]
17. One's Past [2:21]
18. Nightmares [4:44]
19. Finishing Marcello [:43]
20. Dinner Guest [2:20]
21. Sore Feet [2:12]
22. Tattoo Artist [1:53]
23. Farewell Song [2:27]
24. Chain Reaction [4:53]
25. Marcello's Revenge [10:55]
26. Miette Meets Irvin [1:25]
27. Inside the Dream [6:57]
28. Escape [9:09]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [4:23]
2. The City [2:16]
3. Mr. One [6:14]
4. Birthday Party [2:08]
5. Making Krank Cry [2:19]
6. The Octopus [1:40]
7. The Robbery [4:25]
8. Retrieving One [2:41]
9. Informing the Octopus [6:41]
10. Cyclops Meeting [5:22]
11. Selling Information [2:31]
12. Recruiting Marcello [2:21]
13. Santa Krank [6:50]
14. Underwater Rescuer [5:10]
15. Miette & Friends [3:59]
16. Saving One [3:02]
17. One's Past [2:21]
18. Nightmares [4:44]
19. Finishing Marcello [:43]
20. Dinner Guest [2:20]
21. Sore Feet [2:12]
22. Tattoo Artist [1:53]
23. Farewell Song [2:27]
24. Chain Reaction [4:53]
25. Marcello's Revenge [10:55]
26. Miette Meets Irvin [1:25]
27. Inside the Dream [6:57]
28. Escape [9:09]

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