The Triplets of BellevilleDirector: Sylvain Chomet, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Vegas
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Those who may have missed director Sylvain Chomet's charming Oscar-nominated animated feature The Triplets of Belleville during its all-too-brief and limited theatrical run can now witness the inventive feature thanks to this release from Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is spotless in addition to offering a great presentation of the film's varying color scheme. The only true argument that could be made against the transfer is the ugly intrusion of edge-enhancement. Though viewers with standard televisions won't notice the tell-tale glowing edges that, in addition to being entirely unnecessary, are impossible to ignore after one becomes aware of them, viewers with large, high-definition, anamorphic-friendly televisions will, no doubt, find this distracting. Audio is offered in a choice of English or Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, offering a clean reproduction of the wonderful sound scheme and a great vehicle for the infectious music featured in the film. Though played down somewhat on the packaging, the extra features provided on this release offer some great insight into the film's production. Commentaries are separated into three scene-specific segments: "Opening Sequence," "Restaurant Performance," and "Tuning the Wheel." Viewers are treated to a perfect mixture of technical and fun facts -- with the final segment offering a great showcase for the film's remarkable foley work. A featurette entitled "The Cartoon According to Sylvain Chomet" is a nice (albeit somewhat brief) learning tool for aspiring animators, and an appropriately surreal music video for "Bellville Rendez-Vous" will have Chomet and songwriter Benoît Charest's earworm title tune echoing in viewers' heads for days. A fun theatrical trailer rounds out the features nicely.
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- [Wide Screen]
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Cast & Crew
|Jean-Claude Donda||Voice Only|
|Michel Robin||Voice Only|
|Monica Vegas||Voice Only|
|Michele Caucheteux||Voice Only|
|Chantal Colibert Brunner||Editor|
|Pauline Cadieux||Associate Producer|
|Benoît Charest||Score Composer|
|Mathieu Cox||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Eric de Vos||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Regis Ghezelbash||Associate Producer|
|Laurent Quaglio||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Colin Rose||Associate Producer|
|Evgeni Tomov||Art Director|
|Pieter Van Houte||Special Effects|
|Viviane Vanfleteren||Associate Producer|
2. "Bellville Rendezvous"
3. Champion & Madame Souza
5. His Heart's Desire
6. Neither Sleet, Rain Nor Snow
7. Ironing Out the Kinks
8. Roberte Rivette
9. Tour De France
10. The Mysterious Men in Black
12. Hot on the Scent
13. Trans-Oceanic Crossing
15. The French Mafia Chief
16. "Bellville Rendezvous" (Reprise)
17. At Home With the Triplets
18. Catch of the Day
19. Dinner Is Served
20. Honored Guests
21. Another Rigorous Training Process
22. Cabaret Hoover
23. Close Shave
24. A Night at the Races
25. Souza Incognito
26. Le Grande Escape
27. Pursued by the Mob
28. You Are Now Leaving Bellville
Audio Set Up
The Making of The Triplets of Bellville
The Cartoon According to Sylvain Chomet
Select Scenes With Commentary: #1 Opening Scene
Select Scenes With Commentary: #2 Restaurant Performance
Select Scenes With Commentary: #3 Tuning the Wheel
"Bellville Rendez-Vous" Music Video
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This little gem is a fantasic DVD to get -- the animation and soundtrack can't be beat! No worries if you don't speak French, there isn't much dialogue during the film and what dialogue there is, is in both French and English. The character actions and the plot are the key here. One to pick up if you want something different, funny, eye-opening, and gently suspenseful.
Saw it twice, each time marveled at not just the animation but I'd buy the music on dvd.
This movie was wonderfully funny and unique. The animation is beautiful but bizzare. I would highly recommend this movie but only if you are the type of person who doesn't mind to watch a movie with virtually no dialogue. The story is wonderful and the music is superb.
This movie is one of the most unique films you will ever see. The movie is moved primarily by actions and unsaid dialogue (what is said by actions, events, reactions, facial expressions, the atomosphere, etc.). I would not reccomend this movie for anyone under 14, but the animation is unique, surreal, and breathtakingly beautiful. This undoubtedly is the best animated film this year, and one of the best movies.
but what this movie really looks at is the absurdity of life. At first the absurdity is subtle and as this wonderful animation continues the absurdity becomes outrageously silly. Come follow a mothers devotion to her child. This movie is for young adults and adults; but not for young children. the levels of absurdity may confuse younger children. there are also social references which my seem strange to those who may not be aware of 1920 to 1960 values or opinions. As far as I know of there are no other movies quite like this.
Way at the top of the best of last year's films. Similar situation to another reviewer, I raved about the film but friends I recommended it to did not like at all.
I am not going to say much about this movie since all the other reviews pretty much cover it. However, this is one of the best movies I have seen to date! Creative and Amazing!
As much as I enjoyed this movie, other around me just didn't understand why anyone would watch it. Make sure that if you plan on watching it with others, they enjoy the same thing. I will admit the first time I watched it I had a hard time keeping focused, but after watching again. I have to come to like the movie.
This is absolutely my favorite movie. I watch it almost everyday and the picture is so detailed, I noticed something different everytime I watch it. I wish the creator would make more like it because I can't get enough of this movie. I highly recommend it to anyone who's searching for a vividly creative and original movie.
Exceptional animation about a grandmother's desires to help her grandson find his passion with mystery, sabotage, and obstacles along the way! The animation style is similar to original Pink Panther television series. Like Pink Panther there is little verbal banter yet the music and artful animation tell the story fluently!
I was mesmorized by the animation, and the music is great. I'm going to watch it a few times, and wish there was a sequel.
This movie is amazing! We watched it in English Class, and the creator put so much detail into the drawing and events, that I hardly noticed that there was almost no dialouge during the whole film. Simply Amazing!
"Les Triplets de Belleville" as it is in French, is amazing!!! I've rented it many times, and I'll soon have to buy it I love it so much. The animation is so beautiful, you don't see this animation anywhere! The music is so amazing too! The music is marvelous! The "Cabaret Opening" when the Triplets do the "Belleville-Rendevous" and the "Tour de France" is nice, even though you don't understand a word except: "Dispaire" which means disrepair, and that's the only word I understand. I like it when they're in the club and they do that musical number with the refrigerator, newspaper, and the vacuum. It's a shame that it didn't win an Academy Award, but I do know that it won other awards too. The story is excelent! About a grandmother who is looking after her grandson, and is trying to make his dreams come true. With the square-shouldered mafia henchmen, and that little man who is there leader, all the characters are so real.
this movie is great, the animation is true to life, it made me forget about life for over an hour and just allowed me savor the excellent blend of animation, sound, color, music, artistry, and a beautiful story... Sylvain... TRES BIEN!
Be careful about to whom you recommend this movie, and how strongly. I raved about it and found that not everyone shared my opinion. I thought 'The Triplets of Belleville' was creative, original, funny and beautiful. The friend accompanying me was similarly enchanted by it. Unlike the recent pixar movies, the human hand was always apparent. When I recommended it to others, perhaps too enthusiastically, their response was considerably cooler. However, as a confirmed buyer of used CDs and DVDs, I liked this film so much, and so look forward to watching it again, that I intend to buy the DVD new, as soon as it comes out.
This movie is outstanding. It is also the best movie i ever saw. I saw it for the first time tonight and i thought that it was the most beautiful movie that i ever saw.I loved it.
The Triplets of Belleville is one of the finest movie made this year, or one of the greatest animations ever! I hope that this tops nemo at the oscars!