DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 133 minutes, two discs, audio commentary, deleted scenes with optional commentary, documentary, two featurettes,
STUDIO: WARNER INDEPENDENT PICTURES/ 2003 PRODUCTIONS/ TAPIOCA FILMS/ TF1 FILMS
RELEASE DATE: 7-12-2005
Jean-Pierre Jenuet had a visual style that didn't come into full force until he created the wonderful magical fantasy comedy
AMELIE starring Audrey Tautou. Maybe he thought he could strike lighting in the bottle twice and he cast Tautou in his next
project, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT. It worked. A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT may be darker than AMELIE, but it isn't without it's charm.
Audrey Tautou plays Mathilde, a young woman with a limp, who believes her finance wasn't killed in World War 2 in the trenches
while teh French fought the Germans. Everyone else thinks she should let it go and accept his death. She pushes on and looks
for anyone who was there in the trenches and evidence that he is still alive because she would know if he was dead. She would
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Veyr nice. Sharp image detail with a beautiful reporduction of the colors (and shadow values).
AUDIO: French 5.1 Dolby surround
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Nothing wrong with the audio. sound mix is fantastic.
DISC ONE- Director Jean-Pierre Jenuet gives an audio commentary for the film and the movies's theatrical trailer is also
on this disc.
DISC TWO- Several amusing and interesting deleted scenes (with optional director commentary), a documentary on the making
of A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, a featurette on how the look of PARIS IN THE 20'S was created using photo references and CGI backgrounds,
and the BEFORE THE EXPLOSION featurette. So if you want to see stuff about the making of the film, it is all there. A little
editing could have helped to streamline the documentary and made it a better watch.
FINAL ANALYSIS: The fantastic transfer on disc one and the wealth of extras on this two disc Special Edition of A VERY
LONG ENGAGEMENT (from Warner Independent) match up to the great job Miramax did for Jenuet's previous film with Audrey Tautou-
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