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The City of Lost Children [DVD] [1995]

  • SKU: 3730975
  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Rating: R
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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    Special Features

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


    The City of Lost Children
    This visually inventive French sci-fi/fantasy tale began winning a cult following practically from the moment it was released. Krank (Daniel Emilfork) is a foul, monstrous creature who lords over the inhabitants of a small island; Krank's emotional being is every bit as ugly as his physical personage, largely because he does not have the ability to dream. However, he has developed a machine that can drain the dreams of others from their heads, and he devotes himself to kidnapping children from a nearby harbor town so that he can steal their pleasant dreams. Denree (Joseph Lucien) is one of the children who has been spirited off to the island; Krank discovers that he's an even bigger problem than he imagined when his big brother One (Ron Perlman), a harpoon-wielding mountain of a man, sets out on a rescue mission. Once he arrives on Krank's island, One encounters a brain in a fish tank that has learned to talk, a group of clones who can't decide who is the original, a pair of Siamese twins, an octopus that guides a group of orphaned thieves, and a girl named Miette (Judith Vittet) who says she can guide One to Denree. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Ron Perlman
      Ron Perlman - One
    • Daniel Emilfork
      Daniel Emilfork - Krank
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      Judith Vittet - Miette
    • Dominique Pinon
      Dominique Pinon - Clones, Diver

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      I can't recommend this film to anyone but for those are looking for something bizarre in the same tradition as Jean-Pierre Jeunet's other films Amelie and Delicatessen than you'll love this.

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