The French tomb raider created by Eisner-winning comics writer and artist Jacques Tardi is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in August.
The 2010 French film was wedged in between Besson’s involvement with the animated “Arthur” films and was the first live-action feature from the director of “The Professional” in five years following the black and white romantic comedy “Angel A” (he’s been producing and writing tons of action films in the interim, but the “Arthur” stuff really seemed to eat up a chunk of the last decade for him).
“Adèle Blanc-Sec” sees Besson in full-on special effects extravaganza mode, with all manner of mummies, prosthetic effects, and dinosaurs filling the frame, with a cast featuring Louise Bourgoin in the lead alongside “Quantum of Solace” baddie Mathieu Amalric (he’s a terrific actor, don’t hold that against him).
From the official synopsis:
The year is 1912. This is the story of an intrepid young reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey would take her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile in Paris, a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on display in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the creature subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. But nothing fazes Adele Blanc-Sec, whose adventures include many more extraordinary surprises…
Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-ray release will be August 13 with a making of doc, a music featurette, and deleted scenes.