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Just Visiting is really the typical film to come from the early 21st century and, from what I’ve read, a poor remake of the French original where it appears filmmakers brought in John Hughes to “Americanize” the story and for that, it makes for a safe but utterly forgettable movie.

 

 

Just Visiting
(2001)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
Mill Creek Entertainment | PG13 – 84 min. – $9.98 | March 15, 2016

Date Published: 03/06/2016 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Jean-Marie Gaubert
Writer(s): Jean-Marie Poire and Christian Clavier (film Le Visiteurs); Christian Clavier & Jean-Marie Poire & John Hughes (screenplay)
Cast: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier, Malcolm McDowell, Tara Reid, Matthew Ross, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Kelsey Grammer
DISC INFO:
Features:
None
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: None
Disc Size: 18.7 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE – 2.5/5

Plot Synopsis: It’s 12th century France and Count Thibault (JEAN RENO) finds his beautiful bride-to-be (CHRISTINA APPLEGATE) done in by malevolent magic. Held for the crime, and about to be executed, he and his loyal servent Andre (CHRISTIAN CLAVIER) request the help of a local wizard (MALCOLM MCDOWELL) to right the wrong and bring his beloved back. But the wizardry goes awry and the pair is transported to 21st century Chicago where they meet Thibault’s descendent Julia (APPLEGATE) and her scheming fiancé (MATTHEW ROSS). With their timeless values of honor and courage, they wreak havoc on modern-day Chicago and try to find their way back home.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5

No features were included, heck not even a chapter selection submenu.

 


VIDEO – 3.0/5

Just Visiting is presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part, this was a very average video. Colors aren’t exactly vibrant, detail is only so-so and more egregious, and there are many instances of particles, dust marks and other flaws.

 

AUDIO – 3.0/5

As much as I appreciate Mill Creek’s cheap catalogues, there is one downside: the audio generally is basic. This movie only comes with a Dolby Digital Stereo track which I found serviceable enough but obviously nothing special or especially robust. I’m not sure how much a DTS-HD track would’ve helped considering this is more comedy-centric but it’s still somewhat disappointing.

 



OVERALL – 2.0/5

Overall, Just Visiting is really the typical film to come from the early 21st century and, from what I’ve read, a poor remake of the French original where it appears filmmakers brought in John Hughes to “Americanize” the story and for that, it makes for a safe but utterly forgettable movie. This Blu-ray released through Mill Creek is the basic of the basic with so-so video and audio and no bonus features.

 

 

 

 

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