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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Blu-ray

aka Les Aventures Extraordinaires D'Adele Blanc-Sec, Luc Besson, 2010

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Film Details

Directed by Luc Besson

Produced in 2010

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film

MovieMail's Review

The charm of Amelie mixes with the adventure of Indiana Jones in Luc Besson's comic book based yarn. It will have you both smiling and gripping the edge of your seat, says Peter Wild.

Luc Besson’s adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s comics is a surprising and delightful piece of whimsy, best approached as a tongue in cheek Tomb Raider as dreamed by a Delicatessen-era Jean Pierre Jeunet.

Louise Bourgoin is the titular heroine, a beautiful, no-nonsense sort who we first glimpse making her way Indiana Jones-like through the narrow confines of an Egyptian pyramid in the company of a rabble of villains keen to make off with any booty they espy. Meanwhile, back in Paris, Adele’s aged colleague, Professor Espérandieu is busy rousing a long-dead pterodactyl using strange metaphysical powers he has developed over his long life. By the time Adele returns to Paris, however, the pterodactyl has caused all sorts of mayhem, Espérandieu is locked up and Adele’s plans to rouse her sister using the combined resuscitative powers of Espérandieu and a mummy she has managed to hijack are seemingly all up in smoke. Therein ensues a witty cartoon of a movie that will have you smiling one moment and sitting on the edge of your seat the next. If you’re looking forward to Spielberg’s adaptation of Herge’s Tintin later this summer, you could do a lot worse than whet your appetite with this wonderful confection.

Peter Wild on 21st July 2011
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Film Description

Adapted from the comic book series of Jacques Tardi and directed by Luc Besson, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is described as 'Amelie meets Indiana Jones'!

The year is 1912. Adèle Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin in her debut feature) an intrepid young reporter, will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes.

Meanwhile, in Paris, it's panic stations. A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the bird subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. However, nnothing fazes Adèle Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more extraordinary surprises...

Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: Studio Canal

Length: 106 mins

Format: Blu-ray Colour

Region: B

Released: 15th August 2011

Cat No: OPTBD1850

Blu-ray Extras

  • Making of
  • Interviews with Luc Besson and Louise Bourgoin
  • In the Studio
  • Cinemoi interview with Luc Besson

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