directed by Steve Bendelack
UK 2007

 

Calling his new film Mr. Bean’s Holiday sets the bar awfully high for the latest adventures of Rowan Atkinson’s bumbling comic creation. It inevitably invites comparison with Jacques Tati’s priceless 1953 farce Mr. Hulot’s Holiday. Unlike the French classic, however, the new picture has plenty of chuckles but few outright laughs as Bean wins a raffle ticket for a vacation in the south of France but loses his way and causes minor havoc roaming the countryside.

Atkinson remains an expert clown, and there are sufficient numbers of gags to ensure that Bean fans worldwide will be kept fairly happy. It’s difficult to see the film doing blockbuster business, but it inevitably will have a long DVD shelf life.

The screenplay by British TV writer Hamish McColl and Bean regular Robin Driscoll wastes little time in getting the fussy hero with his ever-present digital movie camera onto the Eurostar headed for Paris. Unable to speak the language and not willing to learn, he is equally incapable of even the basic tourist sign language. He can’t order food in a restaurant, find the right train or make a phone call.

Excerpt from Ray Bennet, The Hollywood Reporter

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Theatrical Release: 22 March 2007, Singapore

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DVD Review: Universal - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Yunda Eddie Feng for the Review!

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Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:26:45
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.70 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio DD 5.1 English, DD 5.1 French
Subtitles Optional English SDH, Spanish, French
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• deleted scenes
• French Beans
• Beans in Cannes
• The Human Bean

DVD Release Date: November 27th, 2007
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Comments:

Video:
Although a new release, Mr. Bean’s Holiday was processed to resemble a 1960s movie with a predominantly yellow tinge. The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen image also has a grain structure that enhances the movie’s throwback look. There are some small nicks on the source film print, but they’re not distracting to the point of irritation.

Audio:
The primary DD 5.1 English track might as well be a stereo mix. The main character doesn’t say much, so there isn’t all that much dialogue. You do get a lot of music cues and the expected sound effects from the front three speakers, but with the exception of zooming trains, you’re not going to get a lot of sonic action out of viewing this movie.

You can also watch the movie with a DD 5.1 French dub. Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles support the audio.

Extras:
Upon loading, the disc plays previews for other movies.

First up are more than twenty minutes of deleted scenes. Most of them are short inserts/extensions, and they’re all presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.

“French Beans” follows the production from England to southern France.

“Beans in Cannes” highlights the extensive filming that took place during the Cannes Film Festival.

“The Human Bean” celebrates Rowan Atkinson.

 - Yunda Eddie Feng

 



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