Driven

Driven

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Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Renny Harlin, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, Kip Pardue

     
 

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Speeding into DVD is the Sylvester Stallone-written racing film Driven. Directed by action specialist Renny Harlin, Warner has done a fantastic job with this disc. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, Driven is a reference-quality disc with no imperfections. All colors and black levels are dead-on, without any problems to the viewer's eye. Audio is

Overview

Speeding into DVD is the Sylvester Stallone-written racing film Driven. Directed by action specialist Renny Harlin, Warner has done a fantastic job with this disc. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, Driven is a reference-quality disc with no imperfections. All colors and black levels are dead-on, without any problems to the viewer's eye. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is also impressive, with directional effects used continuously during the film. Hearing cars zip from behind to front or broken tires zooming through the air will be a great thrill for home theater owners. Also included on this disc is a Dolby Digital French 5.1 track as well as English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Driven could be considered a special edition of sorts. Supplements on this disc include an insightful commentary by director Renny Harlin, additional deleted scenes with commentary by Sylvester Stallone, two separate documentaries titled "The Making of Driven" and "Conquering Speed Through Live Action and Visual Effects," plus an anamorphic theatrical trailer for Driven. Both documentaries provide interesting insight into the making of the film, especially on how the computer-generated special effects sequences were achieved. Racing fans should start their engines and pick up the DVD for Driven if they're in the mood for an excellent disc.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Sylvester Stallone's dizzying, high-octane comeback vehicle does for auto racing what his breakout film Rocky did for boxing: makes it less about competition for prize money and more about character building and spiritual renewal. Stallone (who, in another parallel to Rocky, wrote the screenplay with himself in mind) plays a retired driver who reluctantly returns to the track at the behest of racing promoter Burt Reynolds. When rookie phenom Kip Pardue begins spiraling out of control, the old pro Sly is detailed to rein in the kid and keep his mind on the upcoming competitions. Romantic rivalry rears its head in the lissome form of supermodel Estella Warren, who takes up with Pardue after being dumped by champ Til Schweiger, and secondary female roles are well played by Stacy Edwards and Gina Gershon. As befitting the movie's subject matter, the direction of previous Stallone collaborator Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) is hyperkinetic: The camera (often handheld) darts and swishes from one character to another, often cutting away before a shot's action has been completed. The editing is rapid enough to make the average music video appear lethargic by comparison. Driven aspires to be nothing more than a great popcorn movie, and it succeeds admirably by virtue of its nonstop action and pulse-pounding thrills. The DVD features two original documentaries, "The Making of Driven" and "Conquering Speed Through Live Action and Visual Effects," and sports a full-length commentary by director Harlin, in addition to deleted scenes, a music video, and cast-filmmaker career highlights.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
...the racing scenes hold you in their death-trip grip.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
UPC:
0085392101320
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

"The Making of Driven" , "Conquering Speed Through Live Action and Visual Effects", Commentary by Renny Harlin, Deleted scenes, Jo Dee Messina music video, Filmographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Joe Tanto
Burt Reynolds Carl Henry
Kip Pardue Jimmy Bly
Stacy Edwards Lucretia "Luc" Jones
Til Schweiger Beau Brandenburg
Gina Gershon Cathy Moreno
Estella Warren Sophia Simone
Cristián de la Fuente Memo Moreno
Brent Briscoe Crusher
Robert Sean Leonard DeMille Bly
Alison Armitage Joe's Former Girlfriend

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director,Producer
Debra Baum Musical Direction/Supervision
BT Score Composer
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Michelle Davis Associate Producer
Mauro Fiore Cinematographer
Steve Gilson Editor
Myron Hoffert Asst. Director
Leeza-Maria el Khazen Associate Producer
Kevin King Executive Producer
Heidi Levitt Casting
Stuart Levy Editor
Mary E. McLeod Costumes/Costume Designer
Monika Mikkelsen Casting
Elie Samaha Producer
Gord Sim Set Decoration/Design
Jan Skrentny Original Story
Rebecca Spikings Executive Producer
Sylvester Stallone Producer,Screenwriter
Tracee Stanley Executive Producer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Neal Tabachnick Original Story
John J. Thomson Sound/Sound Designer
Grant Van Der Slagt Set Decoration/Design
Charles J.H. Wood Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. The Rookie [4:41]
2. A Distraction [1:47]
3. Beau's Day [3:54]
4. Can You Handle It? [2:46]
5. See You in My Rear View [2:28]
6. One Offer [2:21]
7. Joe's Coin Bit [4:21]
8. Looking for a Friend [4:31]
9. Cathy and Memo [3:31]
10. Start Your Engines [3:08]
11. Strategy That's the Pit [4:46]
12. Pieces of Jimmy [1:59]
13. Inside Beau's Head [4:47]
14. Personal [3:49]
15. The Crash [3:39]
16. Mascara Check [3:38]
17. Pushed Away [2:40]
18. Through Chicago's Streets [3:13]
19. Will and Faith [2:20]
20. Countdown [2:04]
21. Back on the Team [:28]
22. Racing in the Rain [2:27]
23. Memo's Accident [4:10]
24. Rivals to the Rescue [2:23]
25. Damaged [4:39]
26. Demille Bails [5:04]
27. All About Commitment [2:13]
28. Readying to Race [4:18]
29. Fender Bender [3:59]
30. Close Call [2:05]
31. He's Back [2:26]
32. The Hum of Teamwork [3:18]
33. Celebration [2:45]
34. End Credits [2:36]

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