Thursday, March 28, 2013

Coming Soon to DVD and Blu-Ray -- A MONSTER IN PARIS (Review)

Featuring All Star Voice Cast of Vanessa Paradis, Catherine O’Hara, Bob Balaban, Sean Lennon, Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, Danny Huston




"Venture into the delightful Parisian cityscapes 1910s and spellbound by the visually opulent family adventure of A MONSTER IN PARIS, directed and written by Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) and produced by world renowned filmmaker Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and Bergeron’s Bibo Films. With an exceptional English-language voice cast of French singing sensation Vanessa Paradis, singer/song writer Sean LennonCatherine  O’Hara (Penelope), Adam Goldberg (A Beautiful Mind), Bob Balaban(For Your Consideration), Danny Huston (Hitchcock) and Jay Harrington (Private Practice), A MONSTER IN PARIS harkens back to the classic tale of beauty and the beast, and delivers vibrant storyline packed with elegant characters, unforgettable song-and-dance musical numbers and beautiful CG animation that the whole family will enjoy! This critically acclaimed international major motion picture also features enchanting, honey-toned vocals by Vanessa Paradis and Sean Lennon, with music score by popular French singer/songwriter Matthieu Chedid (aka M) and Patrice Renson.

On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, invites kids and families across America to a whimsical world of Parisian adventure and fantasy when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, unleash A MONSTER IN PARIS on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack.  The Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy A MONSTER IN PARIS on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a digital copy of the movie compatible with PC, MAC, iTunes, iPhone and AppleTV.

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A wacky inventor, his camera-crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a massive mistake when let loose in a mad scientist’s laboratory. With lotions and potions spilling everywhere, the troublesome trio accidentally creates Franc, the product of a reaction between a common flea and one of the scientist’s mystery concoctions. What they fail to realize, however, is that this ‘monster’ is actually a soft-centered soul with an astounding talent for music.

With the help of an enchanting nightclub singer Lucille, Franc becomes the talk of the town, just as stories of Paris’s newest monster attract the attention of the egotistical police commissioner, hell bent on securing a big prize to help his battle to become mayor. The unwitting scientists and the singer must team up to protect Franc, a monster with more than a musical career to protect!"


My Thoughts:

Did you see A Monster in Paris when it was in theaters?  Unfortunately, like many movies, we missed it, but have eagerly waiting for it to come out on DVD and Blu-Ray.  So, when I was sent a screener copy over the weekend, we were excited and couldn't wait to see it.  We had our 6 and 8 year old nephews overs, and ended up watching this movie while the girls were napping, as we didn't think they would sit through it.

My husband had forget what this movie was about when he saw it, but quickly remembered as soon as this animated comedy began.  The movie is set in 1910 in Paris, and follows a scientist, Raoul, whose experiment goes wrong, transforming a tiny flea into a giant, seven foot tall flea.  The flea gets loose, and this is when the adventure begins.  While you would expect to be afraid of an oversized bug, this bug has a special talent -- he can play the guitar.  Yes, you read that right -- he is a gifted guitar player, who performs alongside Lucille, a pretty nightclub performer, while wearing a fancy suit and hat. 

Both children and adults will fall in love with this animated film, and  find themselves laughing from the beginning to the end.  My youngest nephew fell in love with Charles, the singing monkey, and danced around every time he appeared on the screen.  Haven't seen the movie yet?  Don't worry, I will not spoil the ending and tell you if the flea is caught and transformed back to its original size -- you will just have to pick up a copy of this movie and watch for yourself, to find out. :-)


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Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records and HighTone Records. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit
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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 

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