En­fants ter­rific

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re­leased OUT NOW! 1995 | 15 | Blu- ray & DVD ( Dou­ble play)

Di­rec­tors Marc Caro, Jean- Pierre Je­unet

Cast Ron Perl­man, Ju­dith Vit­tet, Daniel Emil­fork, Do­minique Pi­non

The cre­ation of Del­i­catessen duo Marc Caro and Jean- Pierre Je­unet, The City Of Lost Chil­dren is a film about dream steal­ers. And it gen­uinely feels like some­thing snatched from your un­con­scious, just be­fore wak­ing.

Mix­ing cin­e­matic sur­re­al­ism, brass- edged Gal­lic steam­punk and the make- it- up- as- you- go en­ergy of the best bed­time sto­ries, this is a self- con­tained, stu­dio- bound world, a bub­ble of fa­ble sealed from re­al­ity and logic. The story’s slim – Ron Perl­man’s man- child strong­man fights a sci­en­tist kid­nap­ping urchins – but the nar­ra­tive’s only there to haunt the edges of the glo­ri­ous vi­su­als.

And th­ese im­ages ut­terly pop on Blu- ray. From grimy wharves lapped by wa­ter the colour of pea soup to a brain en­cased in a wood- pan­elled cab­i­net, to some ex­tra­or­di­nary faces, it’s a con­stant ban­quet for the eyes, part Lynch, part Bur­ton, part del Toro, all of it soaked in a rich Euro­pean weird­ness.

Ex­tras Com­men­tary by Jean- Pierre Je­unet; Mak­ing Of fea­turette; be­hind- the- scenes footage; a brief 1995 in­ter­view with cos­tume de­signer Jean Paul Gaultier; orig­i­nal trailer and teaser trail­ers. Nick Setch­field

Dig­i­tal ef­fects di­rec­tor Pitof went on to di­rect Cat­woman. But we don’t hold that against him. We’re nice like that.

Spa day went all sorts of wrong.

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