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Cradle 2 the Grave

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The Jet Li/DMX action thriller Cradle 2 the Grave makes its way to DVD for the first time with this release. The disc presents the film in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio (a full-screen edition with the same features was released simultaneously), while the English soundtrack has been rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Additionally, there is a dubbed French audio track and subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish. The bonus features include five featurettes, a ...
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The Jet Li/DMX action thriller Cradle 2 the Grave makes its way to DVD for the first time with this release. The disc presents the film in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio (a full-screen edition with the same features was released simultaneously), while the English soundtrack has been rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Additionally, there is a dubbed French audio track and subtitles are available in English, French, and Spanish. The bonus features include five featurettes, a theatrical trailer, DVD-ROM features, and the music video for DMX's "X Gon' Give it to Ya."
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Special Features

Closed Caption; DMX music video "X Gon' Give it to Ya"; "Ultimate Fighting Champions": Profiles of the movie's martial artists; "Choreography of the Camera": Multi-angle fight sequence; "The Descender Rig": New camera invention developed for this film; Two hidden featurettes: "Time Lapse Montage" and "Rear Projection"; Theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Cast/director/writer film highlights; Scene access; DVD-ROM features
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Martial-arts star Jet Li joins forces with hip-hopper turned actor DMX in this eye-popping thriller, a supercharged action juggernaut that starts accelerating with the first reel and never lets up. DMX plays a brash but technically sophisticated thief who boosts some extremely rare black diamonds from a supposedly impenetrable vault in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to him, the diamonds are coveted by terrorists who plan on using them in a futuristic nuke; and when the bad guys kidnap his nine-year-old daughter, he finds himself on the same side as Li -- a Taiwanese policeman sworn to protect the jewels. Producer Joel Silver, an old hand at over-the-top action movies, spares no expense in bringing mind-boggling stunt sequences to the screen. Director Andrzej Bartkowiak, given more-than-ample resources, stages some of the most exciting and inventive action set pieces we’ve seen in many moons. But the costly, elaborate stunts are no more exciting than those performed by Li, who once again proves himself a worthy heir to Jackie Chan. In a dazzling display of strength and agility, he descends the side of a high-rise building by dropping in free-fall from one terrace to the next, catching hold of each concrete projection on the way down. The other performers contribute a great deal to Cradle’s success: gorgeous Gabrielle Union lights up the screen as DMX’s main squeeze; seductive Kelly Hu makes a sinister villainess; and Tom Arnold provides goofball comic relief as a scatterbrained black-marketeer. You won’t see much in Cradle 2 the Grave that you haven’t seen in other action movies -- but you’ll see lots more of it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • UPC: 085392341122
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,068

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jet Li Su
DMX Tony Fait
Mark Dacascos Ling
Anthony Anderson Tommy
Kelly Hu Sona
Tom Arnold Archie
Gabrielle Union Daria
Michael Jace Odion
Drag-On Miles
Paige Hurd Vanessa
Chi McBride Chamber
Julie du Page French Buyer
Matt Baker Motorcycle Rider
Roxanna Brusso Vanessa's Nanny
Sean Cory Willy Chickens
Randy Couture Fighter #8
Daniel Dae Kim Visiting Expert
Chic Daniel Swat Cop
Michael Desante Egyptian Buyer
Harry Dillon Pakistani Buyer
John Dohle Swat Cop
Hector Echavarria Ultimate Fighter
Beth Gains 911 Operator
James Hart II Swat Cop
Shawn Hollinger Fight Club Bookie
Theodore Ture Johnson Jr. Jewelry Security Guard
Larry Joshua Cop In Vault
Martin Klebba Fight Announcer
Chuck Liddell Ultimate Fighter
Peter J. Lucas Russian Buyer
Maximilian Mastransgelo Archie's Worker
Paolo Mastropietro Fight Club Doorman
Tom McCleister Fight Club Fan
Gwen McGee Subway Driver
Jake Muxworthy Paramedic
Doc Newman Odion's Bodyguard
Johnny Nguyen Ling's Hitman
Tito Ortiz Ultimate Fighter
Wiley M. Pickett Police Officer
Stephen Quadros Prison Guard Vogel
Rastar Chamber's Club Doorman
Paolo Seganti Christophe
Doug Spearman African Buyer
Tim Storms Referee
Richard Trapp Douglas
André Ware Pinky Ring Man
Woon Young Park Bald Enforcer
Marcus Young Ling's Hitman
Ron Yuan Laser Tech
Maximillian Mastrangelo Archie's Worker
Ramin Rastad Chambers' Club Doorman
Mike Nowak Conductor
J. Michael Riva Conductor
Technical Credits
Andrzej Bartkowiak Director
Randy Acker Musical Direction/Supervision
Bill Aldridge Special Effects
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Damon Blackman Score Composer
Derek Brechin Editor
Chris Brenczewski Special Effects
Reggie Rock Bythewood Screenwriter
Barbara Cohen Casting
Debra Coleman Makeup
Ray Copeland Executive Producer
Rich Cordobes Special Effects
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Tina Davis Musical Direction/Supervision
John Fasal Special Effects
Gary Fettis Set Decoration/Design
John Frizzell Score Composer
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
Channing Gibson Screenwriter
Mindy Hall Makeup
Thomy Harper Asst. Director
Paul Huggins Special Effects
Kevin Yagher Productions Inc. Makeup Special Effects
Melina Kevorkian Co-producer
Noelle King Set Decoration/Design
L. King-Devoreaux Stunts
Andrew Kinney Musical Arrangement
David F. Klassen Production Designer
Susan Levin Co-producer
Grace Liu Asst. Director
Michael J. Long Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory Lundsgaard Camera Operator
Richard Mays Art Director
Richard Mirisch Associate Producer
Donald Myers Special Effects
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Vern Nobles Jr. Camera Operator
John O'Brien Original Story, Screenwriter
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Lisa M. Rowe Asst. Director
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
Nick Satriano Asst. Director
Lisa Satriano Asst. Director
Doug Schulman Sound Mixer
Mike Scott Camera Operator
Sandra Sedlik Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel Silver Producer
Robert Stoker Special Effects
Lucinda Strub Special Effects
David Waters Asst. Director
Keith A. Wester Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director
Gigi Williams Makeup
Gilbert Williams Associate Producer
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Heist Is On (Credits; Go to Sleep) [4:00]
2. Dropping In [2:39]
3. Tommy's Turn [2:53]
4. In-Demand Gems [3:35]
5. Rapid Transit [5:18]
6. Diamond for a Princess [4:34]
7. No Deal [4:11]
8. Mixed Doubles [4:14]
9. Stuck With Each Other [4:15]
10. Daughter Worries [3:17]
11. Chambers' Chambers (Break Somethin') [4:31]
12. Into the Driver's Seat (So Whasup) [2:40]
13. Leave it to Archie [4:53]
14. Tommy the Bug Man [:30]
15. Sexy Distraction (N***a Please) [2:54]
16. Crashing In [1:45]
17. Calling #12 [3:19]
18. Free-Wheeling (X Gon' Give it to Ya) [3:48]
19. Escaping and Resting [6:11]
20. One Step Behind [2:27]
21. Green Light [3:33]
22. Break Out the Heat [2:59]
23. Big Guns [4:42]
24. Fighting Mad [3:57]
25. Ring of Fire [3:17]
26. Faith [3:52]
27. End Credits (Right/Wrong) [1:57]
28. Sidekicks [1:02]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Ultimate Fighting Champions
      Choreography of the Camera
      The Descender Rig
      Music Video: "X Gon' Give it to Ya" by DMX
      Hidden Featurette: Time Lapse Montage (Jet Li's Right Knee)
      Additional Special Features
         Cast & Crew
            Jet Li as Su
            DMX as Fait
            Anthony Anderson as Tommy
            Kelly Hu as Sona
            Tom Arnold as Archie
            Mark Dacascos as Ling
            Gabrielle Union as Daria
            Story by John O'Brien
            Channing Gibson (Screenplay)
            Produced by Joel Silver
            Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak
         Theatrical Trailer
         Hidden Featurette: Rear Projection (Gabrielle Union's Necklace)
      French/Français (Dubbed in Quebec)
      English Subtitles
      French/Français Subtitles
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
      Subtitles Off
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jet Li great, DMX not so great!

    I enjoyed watching this movie, but like most movies of this genre, certain parts left much to be desired. However, I love Jet Li and many of the actors in this movie, and thus I still rate it a 4! Jet Li is Su, a Taiwanese Intelligence officer who is trying to recover stolen "black diamonds" to bring back to his country. DMX is Tony, who is a master thief, whom steals the black stones from a diamond exchange only to lose them on a subway train trying to save his girlfriend Darryl (Gabrielle Union). The stones eventually wind up recovered by Mr. Chambers (Chi McBride: who does not get any credit at the movie's end?), who hides them in his Club, now run by Odion (Mike Jace from the Shield). Also helping out DMX is his brother, and Tommy ( the great Anthony Anderson)! Anthony is hilarious in this movie! Eventually terrorists led by Ling (Mark Dacascos) and Sona (Kelly Hu) kidnap DMX's daughter to get him to turn over the stones to him. Li and DMX team up to try and recover the stones from Chambers, and then recover DMX's daughter. Tom Arnold has a great role as a comedic arms-dealer, who helps out DMX and Li. I know some people hated the underground fight scene, but I loved it as it had Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture fighting Jet Li. I wish I could have seen Li bash Tito Ortiz's head in, but unfortunately the director made Tito tough for once in this scene. I kind of smirked when there is a scene of Ortiz defeating Liddell in the cage, which of course never happened in real life! The chase scene featuring DMX eluding police on an all-terrain vehicle is more comical than exciting. Especially when DMX is hopping from building roof top to roof top! Jet Li is once again such a great artist to watch. He is so fast and fluid taking out his opponents in this film. The final fight scene between Li and Dacascos is pretty cool, and the finality of the scene would not be a fun way too die! DMX was okay, but I believe he should stick to singing rather than acting or fighting. Special Features of the DVD: * Ultimate Fighting Champions: Features the UFC fighters in the film, and how they interacted with Jet Li. * Choreography of the Camera: features how they used many cameras to film the different angles and scenes of the film, especially the fight scenes. * DMX video "X Gonna give it to You" * Cast/Crew * And the Theatrical trailer of the film. Would have been nice to seen some trailers of other Jet Li films. Overall an enjoyable action film to watch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cradle 2 The Trash

    I saw this movie back in March on Cinemax and I am glad that I did waste money on a rental.This film was trash.Firstly,the plot made no sense and did not come close to being believable,which would not in and of itself been a deal killer,but it tried to make up for it by too much senseless over the top action.Further,the characters were so one dimensional,you could tell who would be on what side by how they dressed.If you value plot,something in the way of believability and characters,stay away. P.S.It looks like DMX's movie career is over anyway,he was busted for stealing a car

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie

    This movie had everything an action movie needs. I loved the cop chase. Top notch. And it plays great off of Romeo Must Die. Awesome!

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