Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq

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Overview

Vidocq 1775-1857 was a noted French detective who was one of the great trailblazers of modern criminal investigation; he's been credited with establishing the first private investigation firm, and pioneered a number of scientific techniques that are still being used today. Vidocq was also a master of disguise and a former thief with no small sense of adventure, and his exploits have been fodder for a number of novels, plays, and motion pictures in France; Vidocq is a high-tech retooling of his legend that employs...
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Overview

Vidocq 1775-1857 was a noted French detective who was one of the great trailblazers of modern criminal investigation; he's been credited with establishing the first private investigation firm, and pioneered a number of scientific techniques that are still being used today. Vidocq was also a master of disguise and a former thief with no small sense of adventure, and his exploits have been fodder for a number of novels, plays, and motion pictures in France; Vidocq is a high-tech retooling of his legend that employs cutting-edge digital technology to bring a new visual dazzle to his story. Vidocq Gerard Depardieu dies an unexpected death while battling his arch-nemesis the Alchemist, and Boisset Guillaume Canet, an opportunistic journalist, sets out to write his life story, convincing Nimier Moussa Maaskri, Vidocq's partner, that he had made arrangements with the great man himself to collaborate on such a book before his death. Boisset begins interviewing Vidocq's cohorts, but it seems someone is following the reporter, as his interview subjects have a habit of dying sudden and violent deaths shortly after sharing their stories. As it turns out, the deaths are tied into a case Vidocq investigated, in which a number of people were killed by lightning -- lightning that was conjured up by none other than the Alchemist. Shot on high-definition digital video equipment to allow special effects artists greater latitude to manipulate the images, Vidocq also features Ines Sastre, Andre Dussollier, and Edith Scob.
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Special Features

16x9 widescreen presentation; English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; French 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; Optional English subtitles; Optional Spanish subtitles; English closed captioned; "Apocalyptica" music video; Scene selection; Trailer gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/2007
  • UPC: 012236208006
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 75,708

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu , Vidocq
Guillaume Canet Etienne Boisset
Ines Sastre Preah
André Dussollier Lautrennes
Edith Scob Sylvia
Moussa Maaskri Nimier
Isabelle Renauld Marine Lafitte
Jean-Paul Dubois
André Penvern
Gilles Arbona
Jean-Marc Thibault
Akonio Dolo
François Chattot
Technical Credits
Pitof Director
Vincent Arnardi Sound/Sound Designer
Bruno Coulais Score Composer
Dominique Farrugia Producer
Jean-Christophe Grange Screenwriter
Olivier Granier Producer
Sylvestre Guarino Production Manager
Thierry Hoss Editor
Jean Rabasse Art Director
Carine Sarfati Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean-Pierre Sauvaire Cinematographer
Brigitte Taillandier Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq [WS]
1. Paris, 1830 [5:01]
2. Main Title [5:38]
3. The Conspiracy [3:27]
4. Church Foundry [5:02]
5. Capture Lightning [7:56]
6. The Murderer [3:57]
7. Next Victim [5:42]
8. Cause of Death [6:58]
9. Questions [8:08]
10. The Investigation [7:22]
11. Pure Souls [5:15]
12. The Alchemist [8:14]
13. A Mirror [10:56]
14. The Devil [8:15]
15. History Will Tell [1:42]
16. Credits [3:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq [WS]
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   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
      Audio: French 2.0 (Dolby Stereo)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Music Video: "Apocalyptica"
      Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq Trailer
      Also From Lionsgate
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Beautiful Movie

    This movie is truly beautiful to watch. If the plot doesn't hold your attention, you can still delight in the amazing cinematography. The Apocalyptica remake of Hope Vol. 2 is just icing on the cake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The ending will surprise you

    A french film about a detective chasing a super villian around the time of the french revolution, when I first started watching it I thought I had wasted my money but as the film nears its climax - what a surprise.

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