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


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#1 of 40 PaulP

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Posted March 02 2005 - 01:13 PM

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There is a French 2-disc version coming out April 27 (but in France, obviously). Hopefully, like with Jeunet's Amelie, the extras will be basically the same...

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#2 of 40 Kain_C

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Posted March 02 2005 - 02:16 PM

Did anybody see this? I loved Amelie but heard this one was a little lacking.

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Posted March 02 2005 - 02:43 PM

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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Posted March 02 2005 - 03:10 PM

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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Posted March 02 2005 - 03:15 PM

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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Posted March 02 2005 - 03:35 PM

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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Posted March 03 2005 - 02:36 AM

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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Posted March 03 2005 - 02:56 AM

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. Posted Image

#9 of 40 Robert Crawford

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Posted March 03 2005 - 03:09 AM

Did anybody see this? I loved Amelie but heard this one was a little lacking.

A very good film with some gruesome war scenes.

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#10 of 40 PaulP

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Posted March 10 2005 - 09:10 AM

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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Posted March 10 2005 - 11:21 AM

Wow, NICE cover art.
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#12 of 40 Robert Crawford

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Posted March 10 2005 - 11:23 AM

Wow, NICE cover art.

It's exactly like the movie poster.





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#13 of 40 PaulP

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Posted March 10 2005 - 12:43 PM

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...

#14 of 40 Kain_C

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Posted March 10 2005 - 02:07 PM

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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...


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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Posted March 10 2005 - 02:27 PM

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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Posted March 10 2005 - 03:50 PM

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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Posted March 10 2005 - 03:53 PM

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 Posted Image

#18 of 40 Robert Crawford

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Posted March 10 2005 - 04:03 PM

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...

Just because it's your point, doesn't mean we can't discuss the cover art.



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#19 of 40 Robert Crawford

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Posted March 10 2005 - 04:08 PM

Amelie is far superior, IMHO.

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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#20 of 40 Geremia P.

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Posted March 11 2005 - 09:24 AM

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...though visually stunning, it seemed as though Jeunet wanted to make a straight war picture, but got bogged down in the somewhat forced interludes.
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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