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Les Visiteurs, a review by Tom


     Les Visiteurs (1993/France)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Miramax Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Jean-Marie Poiré
Writing:Christian Clavier (Screenwriter), Jean-Marie Poiré (Screenwriter)
Length:107 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio:French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English

Stars:
Christian Clavier as Jacquoille/Jacquoart
Jean Reno as Comte Godefroy de Montmirail
Valérie Lemercier as Frénégonde de Pouille/Béatrice de M
Marie-Anne Chazel as Ginette la Clocharde
Christian Bujeau as Jean-Pierre

Plot:
This outrageous time-travel comedy follows the misadventures of a wacky medieval knight (Jean Reno – Just Visiting, The Professional, Mission: Impossible) and his faithful servant (Christian Clavier – Just Visiting) when they suddenly find themselves zapped into the present day! Mayhem rules as these 12th Century visitors try adapting to the wildly confusing modern world! To avoid being stuck here for good, however, they soon begin an all-out comic assault on their former castle – now a luxury hotel – in their quest to return. But you can be sure The Visitors won't leave without first delivering nonstop laughs and outstanding comedy entertainment!

Awards:
Won:
César (1993)  Meilleure Actrice dans un second rôle (Valérie Lemercier)
Nominated:
César (1993)  Meilleur Acteur (Christian Clavier)
César (1993)  Meilleur Acteur (Jean Reno)
César (1993)  Meilleur Film
César (1993)  Meilleur Montage (Catherine Kelber)
César (1993)  Meilleur Réalisateur (Jean-Marie Poiré)
César (1993)  Meilleur Scénario original ou Adaptation (Jean-Marie Poiré, Christian Clavier)
César (1993)  Meilleure Musique écrite pour un film (Eric Levi)
César (1993)  Meilleurs Costumes (Catherine Leterrier)

Extras:
  • Scene Access


My Thoughts:
I always liked this movie. I have seen it a few times in the 90's on German television. There were even two different German dubs. One in standard German, in the other, the actors were dubbed with French accents. This is unusual but I really liked that dub :laugh:
Now was the first time I had a chance to watch it with the original French sound track.
This movie had a disappointing sequel and a US/French spin-off movie which I haven't seen yet. But I will soon because it was also part of the latest package. But I do not promise myself much from this new movie because I have yet to read a favorable review for it.

Rating:

(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on January 15th, 2008)

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The Ruling Class, a review by Antares


The Ruling Class (1972) 78/100 - A bit long and at times, a bit heavy handed, but there are moments of hilarity in its skewering of upper class, aristocratic dogma. Peter O'Toole does his bombastic best with a character that pivots between two extremes. In the beginning he believes he's Jesus Christ, and everything he sees and feels is based upon love. But after a radical treatment, he's "cured" and unbeknownst to those around him, becomes the devil incarnate, for he now thinks he's Jack the Ripper. I found this part most interesting because of the rumors that have circulated for decades that Jack the Ripper may have been an insane member of the Royal family. If you're going to skewer the upper classes, then you might as well go for the jugular... pun intended. The film is loaded with many memorable quotes and my favorite has to be when someone asks him, early in the film, when he first felt he was the supreme being and he answers... "I found that whenever I prayed to God, I was talking to myself." Such a priceless line, and as usual, O'Toole delivers it with ease and aplomb. I probably would have rated this higher, but the DVD I was watching, was from a library that's known for having scratchy discs, and this one was no exception. It stalled on three occasions, and one of those times was at the pivotal moment when he transforms into his evil persona, and I missed a key moment in the narrative.

What the color coding means...

Teal = Masterpiece
Dark Green = Classic or someday will be
Lime Green = A good, entertaining film
Orange = Average
Red = Cinemuck
Brown = The color of crap, which this film is


(From Antares' Short Summations on November 7th, 2013)

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Tom's Random Reviews, a review by Tom


     Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Warner Home Video (Germany)
Director:Lauren Montgomery
Writing:Bob Kane (Original Characters By), Jerry Siegel (Original Characters By), Joe Shuster (Original Characters By), William Moulton Marston (Original Characters By), Jack Kirby (Original Characters By), Jeph Loeb (Original Material By), Michael Turner (Original Material By), Tab Murphy (Writer)
Length:78 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles:English, German, Spanish

Stars:
Andre Braugher as Darkseid (voice)
Kevin Conroy as Batman (voice)
Tim Daly as Superman (voice)
Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman (voice)
Summer Glau as Kara (voice)

Plot:
Batman discovers a mysterious teen-aged girl with super-human powers and a connection to Superman. When the girl comes to the attention of Darkseid, the evil overlord of Apokolips, events take a decidedly dangerous turn.

Extras:
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Kurzfilm: Green Arrow
  • Photo Gallery
  • Scene Access


My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this one. Even though its title is Superman/Batman, this is more of a Supergirl movie. It is essentially an origin story for her. And who would be better than Summer Glau to voice her.

The Blu-ray also contains a short Green Arrow movie. This is the first time that I saw Green Arrow in something outside of "Smallville". I also enjoyed this movie. It also has a short appearance of Black Canary.

Furthermore it contains four episodes of the 90s Superman animated TV series. "Little Girl Lost (Part 1+2) introducing Supergirl. And "Apokolips...Now! (Part 1+2).

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on June 28th, 2012)