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Micmacs
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (For Some Sexuality and Brief Violence)

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Starring: Danny Boon, Andre Dussollier, Omar Sy, Dominique Pinon, Julie Ferrier, Nicolas Marie, Marie-Julie Baup, Michel Cremades, Yolande Moreau, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Screenplay by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

 

 

Studio: Sony

Retail Price: $38.95

Features: Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, The Making of Micmacs, Q&A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actress Julie Ferrier, Animations: Absur Deaths, Theatrical Trailer 

Specs: 2.40:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Subtitles, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)

Released: December 14th, 2010

 
 


"Micmacs" is presented in a 1080p high definition transfer, with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's astounding visual style is given a very loving treatment here. The filmmaker's penchant for warm hues is nothing short of eye-popping, as the golden browns featured in the film are remarkably rich. The color saturation is vibrant and bold, and even overpowering at times, but I mean that in the best possible sense. Also astounding is the amount of detail you can see. Jeunet is known for packing his frames, and it's really amazing how much you can see here. The only detracting aspect to the image is the shimmering that occurs now and then. This is a stunning and gorgeous transfer. 

 


"Micmacs" is presented with a French DTS-HD Master Audio mix in 5.1. It's a soundtrack that is nearly as good as the transfer. This is an incredibly discrete track, that makes ample uses of the rear speaks and the subwoofers. The film has a focus on gunplay and mechanics, and as a result, gunfire, clicks and clanks really have a snap to them. The film's more violent moments certainly boom too. Dialogue is always clear and easy to hear, while the musical score from Raphael Beau has a warm ambiance through the channels. Fidelity is rather high, dynamic range is robust and the overall imaging of the sound effects on the broad soundstage has a power. This is an involving mix.

English subtitles are included.

 


First up is an Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The charming filmmaker speaks impeccable English, and what makes this an engaging listen is how enthusiastic he is. Jeunet talks about why he took the reigns to helm the film (his original choice dropped out to co-star in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"), where you should pause the film to see visual gags, compliments his actors, crafting the screenplay and offers a lot of thoughts, details and inspiration on his style. There are just nuggets and nuggets of info here, and Jeunet never really stops. (His self-depricating comments are amusing too.) Fans of the director are encouraged to listen to this one.

The Making of Micmacs is a French documentary that runs 47 minutes. Far from the usual American fluff most viewers are used to seeing, this is a fly-on-the-wall piece where we see Jeunet in action, directing several scenes from the film. It's all on-the-set footage, and giving thoughts are key actors and production personell involved in the scenes. Very interesting to see how portions were physically accomplished. 

There's a Q&A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Actress Julie Ferrier that took place at the Tribeca Film Festival. Running 11 minutes, Jeunet discusses his creative process, the music and more. As far as Ferrier... she figures in at the beginning, but this is really the filmmaker's show. 

Animations: Absurd Deaths is 2 minutes worth of animated sequences being put together. Lastly, there is the film's Theatrical Trailer.

 


Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet has some mind, and all that creativity and ingeniousness is on full display in "Micmacs." This Blu-ray is quite a treat, if only for the phenomenal presentation it gives the film with a nearly flawless transfer and DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix. There are a few supplements too, most of which shed a lot of light and insight on the film's production. Very worthy of a rental, and a must have for Jeunet fans.