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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - August, 2011

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"Amelie" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

Amelie

Synopsis

Amelie is a young girl growing up outside of Paris.  Isolated from most of society as a young child, she grows up with a very active imagination, but a bit sheltered and has trouble relating to others.  Once she grows up, she moves to Paris to work at a café, The Two Windmills.  One night while watching the news, she happens to discover a box hidden away in the wall from a boy who lived in her apartment decades before.  As she embarks on a quest to reunite the boy with his lost artifact, her life will change in countless ways.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2001, Color, Rated R, 2 Hr 2 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus
  • Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Amelie is one of my all time favorite films.  A picture that is bursting with energy and creativity, full of passion and joy that never fails to bring a smile to my face.  Having watched it many times in theaters as well as on DVD, I’m happy to say that the Blu-ray version is the best version I have seen at home.  The subtitles have changed some since the theatrical release, presumably to be more accurate, though I find the flow of them to be not quite as smooth as it was originally.  A movie I really can’t recommend enough, and one that I will visit again and again.

Technical

Compared to the DVD release, the Blu-ray version is far more detailed and clear and is really a wonderful transfer.  Some shots aren’t quite as sharp as others, and in a couple I can see that the camera might have actually been slightly off-focused for a second, but overall the transfer is very good.  The special effects in some shots suffer a bit as the extra resolution shows the lack of detail in some of them, though the effects are more for artistic effect so it’s not a big distraction.

Sound is very good as well, with good detail and wise use of the surrounds.  I can’t really comment that well on the clarity of vocals as the film is in French so I was concentrating more on the subtitles, but nothing seemed to be muffled.  The wonderful score comes across more detailed than ever as well.

Extras

Amelie features directors commentary, featurettes, screen tests, and the theatrical trailer.