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The Triplets of Belleville [DVD] [2003]

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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    Special Features

    • "Making of The Triplets of Bellville"
    • Featurette "The Cartoon According to Director Sylvain Chomet"
    • Select scenes with commentary: "Opening Sequence," "Restaurant Performance," and "Tuning the Wheel"
    • "Bellville Rendez-Vous" music video
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    The Triplets of Belleville
    French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet directs the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville. A young boy is raised by his grandmother, Madame Souza, in the French countryside. She buys him a bicycle and encourages his dream of winning the Tour de France. However, he gets kidnapped by a group of Mafia gangsters and taken to the big city of Belleville, where he is used for his bicycling prowess in an elaborate gambling scheme. Along with her faithful companion Bruno, Madame Souza sets out to rescue her grandson. They befriend a trio of aging musicians who were once the '30s jazz trio known as The Triplets of Belleville. Features an original jazz musical score by Benoît Charest. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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    • Michel Robin
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      I first saw this movie with a live performance of the music by the movie’s soundtrack composer and band. I loved the music, and for that alone I would buy the DVD. The animation is done in a retro style reminiscent of the 1940’s. The storyline and movie is difficult to characterize. As some of the professional movie critics have put it, it is bizarre, grotesque,disturbing and funny all at the same time. It has a very Tim Burton movie kind of feel. If you’re a fan of 1940’s jazz or quirky animation, this movie is for you.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      2D animation is alive and well


      Chomet's animated feature is a masterpiece, hands down. While 2d animation withers away in the US, we are shown by this extraordinary French team that there is still so much life and relevance in the medium. No need to go into the story details here; rest assured that you will be transfixed with this film's strange tale. The feel of this movie is a special one indeed, magical and mysterious, wonderful and bizarre, with each beautiful hand drawn frame breathing with life and character. Excellent designs and incredibly imaginative visuals abound; you will be missing out if you don't see this movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie


      It Is A Great Movie and It is Funny and I Like It.

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