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The romantic period piece Vatel comes to DVD from Disney with a 2.35:1 widescreen transfer. Though produced in France, the film is populated with an international cast and the dialogue is originally spoken in English. Audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The only special features are a look at the costumes and previews for other period pieces like Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, and Mansfield Park. This is an adequate presentation for a film that received a ...
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The romantic period piece Vatel comes to DVD from Disney with a 2.35:1 widescreen transfer. Though produced in France, the film is populated with an international cast and the dialogue is originally spoken in English. Audio is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The only special features are a look at the costumes and previews for other period pieces like Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, and Mansfield Park. This is an adequate presentation for a film that received a limited release in the U.S.
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Special Features

The costumes of Vatel; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen [2.35.1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A visually stunning period drama enriched by superb performances, Vatel enhances its romantic story line with poignant observations on class distinctions in feudal societies. Gérard Depardieu plays the title character, head chef and entertainment coordinator for a prominent but impoverished French nobleman. Charged with preparing three days' worth of lavish festivities for the visiting King Louis XIV Julian Sands, Vatel succeeds beyond his master's expectations but creates a major problem by falling in love with the king's favorite lady-in-waiting the ravishing Uma Thurman. Complicating matters is Tim Roth -- suavely menacing as a royal confidant -- and Julian Glover, who really shines as the crafty nobleman. Director Roland Joffe The Mission makes the extravagant most of his budget and of the sturdy cast, each well attuned to the histrionic requirements of costume romances. Ennio Morricone's lush musical score is a real asset, too. A sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears, Vatel can be depended upon to satisfy even the most discriminating palate.
Los Angeles Times
Boldly distinctive in its depiction of individuals caught up in a veritable infernal machine designed solely to give pleasure to a monarch, Vatel is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world as opulent as it is cruel. Kevin Thomas
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2001
  • UPC: 786936145083
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Féodor Atkine Alcalet
Hywel Bennett Colbert
Gérard Depardieu Francois Vatel
Arielle Dombasle Princesse De Conde
Julian Glover Prince De Conde
Tim Roth Marquis De Lauzun
Uma Thurman Anne De Montausier
Richard Griffiths Dr. Bourdelot
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu Duchess De Longueville
Jerome Pradon Marquis D'Effiat
Nick Robinson Colin
Julian Sands Louis XIV
Timothy Spall Gourville
Murray Lachlan Young
Marine Delterme
Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director, Producer
Noëlle Boisson Editor
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle Costumes/Costume Designer
Corinne Devaux Choreography
Luc Étienne Asst. Director
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Alain Goldman Producer
Francois Groult Sound/Sound Designer
Jeanne Labrune Screenwriter
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Cecilia Montiel Production Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Gerard Moulevrier Casting
Jerome Navarro Asst. Director
Laurent Quaglio Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Opening/Royal Visit [7:46]
2. "Nothing On Credit!" [2:08]
3. No Boys From The Kitchen [2:57]
4. "The Princess Has Been Bitten By A Monkey" [2:15]
5. For The Betterment Of France [3:38]
6. Object Of My Affection [2:42]
7. "Flesh And Blood" [7:20]
8. Mercy Of The King [6:10]
9. Harmony And Contrast [5:36]
10. Pleasure Deprivation [4:35]
11. The Power To Create [:09]
12. Thoughtful Mistress [5:59]
13. Intimate Honor [2:55]
14. Better Bird [2:49]
15. "Bring Me Vate!" [3:04]
16. Man At Stake [7:07]
17. Thoughts Of War [4:17]
18. True Friend [4:39]
19. Last Magnificent Banquet [9:44]
20. Blame It On The Fish [6:47]
21. End Credits [4:09]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Captions
   The Costumes Of Vatel
   Sneak Peeks
      Bounce
      Hamlet
      Love's Labour's Lost
      Mansfield Park
      Shakespeare In Love
      Life as Beautiful
      An Ideal Husband
      Beautiful Girls
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great insight into life at court in the time of Louis XIV.

    I bought this video to show my French classes the opulence and waste of court life during the time of Louis XIV. Vatel, the main character, was a bursar for the Prince of Conde and he planned a weekend extravaganza for Louis XIV and 6000 guests. The movie is based on the real life of Vatel. I don't think the story is very captivating for high school students, but it does give a good picture of the clothing, court life and customs of the times. There is some romance, too, when the king and Vatel become interested in the same woman. The movie needs some background info before viewing to best understand it. I think that adults will enjoy this movie more than teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

    I thought the film was beautiful to look at and enjoyed the first two acts, but the third act is pretty random, perhaps because the bulk of the film only covers three days and two nights. That also may be what makes the affection that springs up between Anne and Vatel seem as if it came out of nowhere -- one second she's criticizing him for having been too extravagant in the past, suddenly the next morning notes are flying back and forth between the two saying how kind the other is, and then that night you've got an undying passion between them. Again, the costumes were gorgeous and the cast was great, but some of the characters' story arcs (oarticularly the King's brother's) didn't entirely make sense, so I guess either I or the movie I missed something.

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