Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement: May 24 (now JULY 12)

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  1. PaulP

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    Did anybody see this? I loved Amelie but heard this one was a little lacking.
     
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    Oops, I didn't read the announcement carefully. the R1 edition will also be a 2-disc set! Well I'm ecstatic. Now we need Delicatessen, and maybe a better City of Lost Children!
     
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    Kain, this movie is pretty different than Amelie, much more dramatic and not so light-hearted, but far superior in my opinion. Visually stunning, really amazing stuff. I would give it a shot if I were you.

    Really anticipating this release. Maybe a directors commentary will be part of it?
     
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    Yes, I saw it. Quite different from Amelie in terms of tone, as this one certainly isn't a comedy. But the visual style is great, and pretty familiar for Amelie fans. Plus, Audrey is great, so it's definitely worth seeing.
     
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    Yeah, I was planning on at least renting it, but I may just blind buy it like I did with Amelie.
     
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    I loved this film as much as Amelie. It can be confusing--reading the excellent book helps--but it's the most underrated movie of 2005. Like Terry Gilliam's films (whom Jeunet is often compared with), this will be better appreciated over time. Can't wait for the DVD.
     
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    Yeah, he's definitely Gilliam-esque. I heard a radio interview with Jeunet in the last month or two where they asked about his influences, and I'm quite sure he mentioned Gilliam.

    He also mentioned Leone, and he told a funny story about when he first saw Once Upon a Time in the West, it opened in theaters when he was a teenager. He could barely speak for 2 or 3 days, and when his parents asked him what the deal was, he could only say, "you don't understand, you don't understand..." And that's when he knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. [​IMG]
     
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    A very good film with some gruesome war scenes.
     
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    Some strange and potentially sad news. Amazon put this up for pre-order with the following image:

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    As you can see, only one disc, while in the announcement it was said to be two, like the French release (also by WB). Who to believe?
     
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    Wow, NICE cover art.
     
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    It's exactly like the movie poster.





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    It's the exact same cover art as in my first post. However that's not the point. The point is that it shows only a single disc...
     
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    Unless I'm missing something, the cover art in post #1 and post #10 are totally different. I know, I know...not the point.
     
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    This was a real disappointment for me; though visually stunning, it seemed as though Jeunet wanted to make a straight war picture, but got bogged down in the somewhat forced interludes. Audrey did a fine job, but her search had little gravity for me, and the end was rather cliched.

    Amelie is far superior, IMHO.

    That is a nice cover, though...
     
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    Does Amazon pre-order artwork always feature two discs at the side for double-disc sets, and single discs (as above) for one, or is that disc to the right of the ENGAGEMENT cover just a re-used graphic intended to show the clueless that the release isn't a VHS title? Aside from the R-rating I don't see any listing of specs whatsoever, so I'm still open to the idea of it being a 2-disc set, whatever the current Amazon imagery.
     
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    Yes, Anthony, check out Amazon's listing for the new 2-disc SE of Rebel Withou a Cause, for example.

    And Kain, you are missing something in post #1. There are two covers being talked about, the R1 and the R2 [​IMG]
     
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    Just because it's your point, doesn't mean we can't discuss the cover art.



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    The overall scope of this film is larger and much different than Amelie so a direct comparison between the two films is rather difficult for me. I liked this film as much as Amelie, but for different reasoning.




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    Jeunet made a mystery/detective picture set in a post-war period, which included war-time flashbacks in its framework.

    I don't believe Jeunet was trying to make a "straight war picture", but you were apparently expecting to see one.
     

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