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Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, The

original title: aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec, Les

Comparison:

  • US PG Version
  • German DVD
Release: Jan 13, 2014 - Author: Buster - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB
Paris 1912: An experiment in Professor Espérandieu's apartment awakes a 135 million years old flying dinosaur (a Pterodactylus) in a nearby museum. It escapes through the museum's roof and immediately starts to mess up the streets of the city. The mayor gets killed. However, the police believes that it was a terrorist attack.

At the same time, journalist Adèle Blanc-Sec searches for a Pharaonic tomb in Egypt. However, she is not interested in art treasure but solely Patmosis' mummy. Patmosis was the personal doctor of Pharao Ramses II. Adèle wants to bring the mummy to Paris and revive it with the help of Espérandieu. She hopes to be able to heal her sister Agathe who is in a coma with the help of Patmosis' knowledge.


In the last few years the name Luc Besson on a DVD cover was not really a guarantee for a good movie. His name as well as production company were part of a lot of mediocre flicks. It's been a while since he did projects like "Nikita", "Léon - The Professional", and "The Fifth Elemet".
This flick, based on the in France very successful comic "Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec" by Jacques Tardi again is not one of Besson's best movies. However, the adventures of the smart, brave and pretty protagonist are funny and slightly awkward. The story is not all too interesting. In return you get a female version of Indiana Jones who gets from one adventurous situation to the next. Actress Louise Bourgoin does a good job in this fast-paced movie. Her acting and her facial expressions allow for an entertaining watch.

Unlike the American DVD with a PG rating, the German DVD is uncensored. For the American censors it seems as if some of the nudity was a little too much. Additionally, a few sequences with violent content were cut out.


For this report we compared the German DVD (released by Universum Film) with the US PG DVD (released by Shout Factory).

Runtimes:
German DVD: 102:57 min. [PAL] without credits
US DVD: 100:39 min. [PAL] without credits

Overall, the US DVD misses out on 2 minutes and 18 seconds.
Additional Shot in the German Version:
00:00:00
The German Version also shows the intro of Universum Film.

25 sec.




Extended Shot in the German Version:
00:58:10
Adèle Blanc-Sec leaves the room of her sister Agathe. She looks at Patmosis' mummy and lights a cigarrette. Additionally, she apologizes to the mummy for disturbing the peace and starts to take off her clothes because she wants to take a bath.

In the following scene there's a frontal shot of Adèle relaxing and starting to read her mail.

1 min. and 29 sec.




Extended Shot in the German Version:
00:59:44
Something in Andrej Zborowski's letter makes Adèle get up and leave the bathroom. A shot of her breasts was cut out.

5 sec.




Extended Shot in the German Version:
00:59:50
When Adèle gets out the bathtub, reaches for a towel and goes to the bathroom door is a little more explicit in the German Version.

4 sec.




Extended Shot in the German Version:
01:05:21
Professor Espérandieu - who was sentenced to death - is saved by Adèle moments before he might have been killed. She uses the flying dinosaur for it. The hangman accidentally falls on the board of the guillotine and his head stays underneath the blade. The tie loosens. In the US Version you don't see the hangman in shock, looking at the blade falling towards him. Also, the shot of the crowd reacting to the ongoings were cut out, too.

2 sec.




Extended Shot in the German Version:
01:17:18
During a flashback of the tennis game which resulted in a heavy accident for Agathe there's a missing shot of a hairpin smashing in Agathe's scull.

5 sec.




Extended Shot in the German Version:
01:17:44
A few frames and Agathe were cut out.

2 sec.




Extended Shot in the German Version:
01:17:58
When the camera pans upwards Agathe is shown slightly longer.

6 sec.

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