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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part II

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"Mr. Bean's Holiday"  (HD DVD Hybrid)

Mr. Bean's Holiday Synopsis

Mr. Bean can't believe his luck when he wins a camcorder and an all-expense-paid vacation to the French Riviera. But during his train journey to the south of France, he falls face first into a series of mishaps and fortunate coincidences, all of which are caught on camera and far-fetched enough to ensure his own makeshift entry into the Cannes Film Festival!


Specifications

    • Universal
      2007, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 30 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • 1080p
    • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    • English/French DD+ 5.1
    • Directed by Steve Bendelack
    • Starring Rowan Atkinson, Emma De Caunes, Willem Dafoe
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Mr. Bean delivers some good old fashion family fun on this one. Laughs are a plenty and the backdrop is gorgeous. My 4 year old daughter even had a great time. Some may not find it as entertaining as we did, I know a lot of people that don't care for the Mr. Bean skits, but fans of the character should definitely give this one a whirl.

Technical

Universal has delivered a solid visual presentation here. Detail is excellent, and I love the balance of colors. The lush country sides of Europe make for some great eye candy and there is a lot of detail here to soak in. Some of the video camera shots are a bit on the soft side, but that is what you'd expect from a handycam. The rest of the footage is brilliant.

The soundtrack is presented in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD and is fun overall. This isn't an exciting soundtrack by any means, but I liked the balance of score and atmosphere. The random soundtrack selections also add some nice kick and presence to the mix. Surrounds come into play more than I expected for the genre, and do a nice job of filling the soundstage and creating a realistic soundstage.

Extras

This web enabled disc allows you to go onto Universal's HD portal and download trailers and some extras featurettes. There are also deleted scenes and a few different looks at the character.