COLUMBIA TRISTAR is releasing the “Best Animated
nominee, “TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE.” Absolutely “not for everyone” and
certainly “not” for children, the animation found in this film is
continuously bizarre and as far removed from resembling anything
remotely similar to Disney as possible.
The atmosphere of “THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE,” at
times, makes Tim
Burton’s imagery seem bright and cheery. However, like Burton’s
films, there is an underlying decency behind some of its main
characters, such as Mme Souza. Sure, she’s a stagemom of sorts to
her fat grandson, but she does actually love him. The plot is too
complicated to verbalize, and words can’t do it justice. Perhaps,
with the exception of sound effects and music, this is also why “THE
TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE” is reminiscent of a silent film.
While most mainstream audiences will grow weary of a
virtually “silent” film
after an hour, a virtually silent “animated” film may even be more
trying! Still, there are many who’ve loved this film, and
undoubtedly, there will be many new fans upon viewing this dvd.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1
aspect ratio, with
16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid, and the image is flawless!
There’s great detail and depth to the unusually creative animation
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided an option for DOLBY
DIGITAL 5.1 in
either English or Spanish. While there are only brief instances
wherein any spoken dialogue or music is even heard, there are plenty
of discrete effects, and this mix is impressive.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has include some extras. “THE MAKING
OF THE TRIPLETS
OF BELLEVILLE” is a brief featurette, comprised of interview clips
with the film’s creator and the art director, speaking about the film
In addition to a bizarre music video, there are also three scenes
that feature the director’s commentary and are very recommended.