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On August 13th, 2013 two ancient worlds collide in The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec. Thanks to Shout! Factory, American audiences can now see this unique French film from director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element). The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec will be able on DVD and two-disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) so you can watch it whenever and however you’d like.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec was adapted for film from a popular French comic book series by Jacques Tardi, and follows the life of a bold young reporter as she seeks the mummified remains of an Egyptian physician who is the key to bringing her sister back to life. While Adéle is on her dangerous quest, a pterodactyl egg hatches in a museum and the prehistoric creature glides across the Parisian skies. When Adéle returns to Paris with her prize, she must locate the man responsible for awakening the egg to assist her with awakening the mummy. One obstacle after another presents itself, and Adéle must use her wits to save her old friend from the guillotine or all hope is lost for her sister.
I originally started to watch the film in English, not even realizing it had originally been filmed in French. Fifteen minutes into the movie I realized the words were not matching up to the actors’ and actress’ lips so I went into the settings and opted to watch it in French with English subtitles. I don’t mind watching foreign films with subtitles, and this is the better way to go if you’re the type of person to get distracted from the story and action if the dubbed version isn’t done well. And honestly, I’d rather watch it the way the filmmakers intended; I’ve watched French and Japanese films and always enjoy listening to another language as long as I can at least read what they are saying. The subtitles remain onscreen long enough for viewers to keep up with, but this is definitely a film you’ll need to pay full attention to so you don’t miss a thing.
When the film starts, I was immediately thought of The Mummy and the character Indiana Jones. Blend them together and stir in a female lead, and you get The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec. Adéle is a likable heroine; I admire her determination and her bravery. She thinks on her feet, and if she is ever scared her worst enemies will never know it. She’s definitely a character to root for, and shows many different emotional sides. Sometimes Adéle made me laugh, and other times she made me want to cry–especially when she recalls how her sister entered into a vegetative state.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adéle Blanc-Sec is suitable for children, though I would recommend it for ages 8 and up. There is very little violence, one or two swear words, and partial nudity (just Adéle’s back, from the waist up). I have always loved fantasy and adventure stories, so this movie was perfect for me. My only complaint is the ending. I still cannot believe how it ended! I am crossing my fingers we’ll see another movie with Adéle and that it will pick up right where this one ended. I absolutely have to know what happens to her!
The Making Of On-set footage of the actors and actresses in costume and out, as they discuss how the film came to be, the making of the sets, and what it’s like working with the director and the comic book writer.
Deleted Scenes All of the scenes that were deleted are of Agathe and Adéle together, either as young children or in their adulthood.
Musical Featurette Louise Bourgoin (Adéle) is in the studio recording music for the film. She talks about how she has never thought she could sing.