Featured In Issue 156, April 2011

WSR Score5
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Sony Pictures Classics
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Micmacs (Mic Macs A Tire-Larigot) is a tale about a dreamer named Bazil (Boon). First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death. Released from the hospital after his accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba's cave. The group's talents and inspirations are as surprising as they are diverse. Then, one day, walking by two huge buildings, Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused all of his misfortune. He sets out to take revenge, with the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends. Underdogs of battling heartless industrial giants, our gang relives the battle of David and Goliath, with all of the imagination and fantasy of Buster Keaton. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a Q&A with Jeunet and Actress Julie Ferrier, a making-of featurette (SD 47:22), animations of absurd deaths (SD 02:14), the theatrical trailer, up-front previews, and BD-Live functionality.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is stylized with a warm golden tone, with otherwise fully saturated colors that are rich and vivid. What is extraordinary is the sharpness and clarity of facial features, clothing, and object textures. Resolution is superb! Blacks are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is extremely revealing. The cinematic character is wonderful. This is about as perfect as a high-definition picture can be and visually engaging throughout! (Gary Reber)

The French-language DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is fantastic! The Foley and atmospheric sound effects are dynamic and precise, with an enveloping holosonic® directionalized surround presence. Such sounds dramatically enhance the overall character of the experience. The music score is perfectly balanced, with a wide and deep soundstage that effectively extends to the surrounds. Often the sound of a stand-up piano accompanies the action, reminiscent of an old-time movie. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially. Low-frequency effects are reserved, and the .1 LFE channel is used limitedly at the end of the movie. Still, the bass is solid throughout, and LFE is effective. This is an exceptional soundtrack in terms of its atmospherics and complementary Foley and music elements. This is such a wonderful sonic experience. (Gary Reber)