Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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Director: Simon West

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Noah Taylor

     
 

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Fictional video game superstar Lara Croft comes to this big screen care of actress Angelina Jolie in the action-packed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Paramount has done a great job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer. This is an excellent-looking picture that includes vivd colors, well-rendered detail, and little to no imperfections. Since this is a very new release,See more details below

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Fictional video game superstar Lara Croft comes to this big screen care of actress Angelina Jolie in the action-packed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Paramount has done a great job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer. This is an excellent-looking picture that includes vivd colors, well-rendered detail, and little to no imperfections. Since this is a very new release, it's not surprising that this is a nearly flawless-looking image. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as Dolby 2.0 in English and French. The 5.1 audio track utilizes both the front and rear speakers to maximum effect; this is, by all means, a wonderfully full and bombastic soundtrack. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are crisp and distortion free. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is presented in a nice edition that features a vast array of extra features. To start off the disc, there is a commentary track by director Simon West. The director has some strong feelings about the movie, recounts some production difficulties, and often dotes on lead actress Angelina Jolie. Five separate featurettes are included that touch on different aspects of the production, including the stunts, the video game, and the visual effects. Each of these featurettes range in length from about ten minutes to 25 minutes and offer some in-depth insight into the making of the movie. Four deleted scenes are presented in anamorphic widescreen which also include an alternate opening title sequence from the film. A music video for the song "Elevation" by the rock group U2 is included and it's a funny spoof of the movie starring the Edge. Finally there are some DVD-ROM features for viewers with computer access. For fans of rollicking adventure, this is a great DVD that should keep them plenty busy.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A rollicking, action-packed adventure film in the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the recent Mummy movies, Tomb Raider belies its electronic origin by substituting shapely, sinewy, and sultry Angelina Jolie for the popular video game's two-dimensional heroine. She's well cast as Lara Croft, the aristocratic adventuress who's equally at home in posh London tearooms and musty Egyptian tombs. An ancient memento left to Lara by her late father (played by Jolie's real-life dad, Jon Voight) is the key to uncovering a long-lost talisman whose possession grants power over time itself. A centuries-old secret society, represented by suave villain Iain Glen and marginally scrupulous adventurer Daniel Craig, uses the opportunity of a rare planetary alignment to secure the talisman -- and only Lara can prevent them from using its incomprehensible power for evil ends. Director Simon West (The General's Daughter) clearly realizes that he's not doing Shakespeare; he encourages the cast to approach their chores with tongues planted firmly in cheeks, and they oblige him in such a way as to make Tomb Raider an enjoyable and fast-paced (if wildly improbable) romp. Jolie's histrionic ability isn't taxed nearly as much as her athletic ability, but she tackles speeches and stunts alike with appropriate brio and is never less than utterly convincing in her action scenes. Tomb Raider, like its inspiration, is fast, loud, and strikingly visual -- and, also like its inspiration, lots of fun. The DVD extras include a Simon West commentary, interviews with cast members, four deleted scenes, documentaries on the film's visual effects and stunt sequences, an overview of the Tomb Raider phenomenon, an alternate title sequence, and a U2 music video, along with DVD-ROM content related to the video game.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Here is a movie so monumentally silly, yet so wondrous to look at, that only a churl could find fault.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
UPC:
0097363367543
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Director's commentary by Simon West; four deleted scenes; in-depth cast and crew interviews featuring Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, director Simon West and others; up-close look at Jolie's training program to play Lara Croft; The Stunts Of Tomb Raider: how the film's breathtaking stunts were created; Visual Effects Of Tomb Raider: behind the scenes with visual effects supervisor Steven Begg; Are You Game?: an overview of the Tomb Raider phenomenon; U2 music video, "Elevation" - Tomb Raider mix; alternate main title sequence; Tomb Raider timeline; Tomb Raider chronicles game demo (3 levels); DVD-ROM features; Web site archive; French subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft
Jon Voight Lord Croft
Noah Taylor Bryce
Iain Glen Manfred Powell
Daniel Craig Alex West
Chris Barrie Hillary
Julian Rhind-Tutt Mr. Pimms
Richard Johnson Distingiushed Gentleman
Leslie Phillips Wilson

Technical Credits
Simon West Director,Adaptation,Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
David Allday Art Director
Stuart Baird Executive Producer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Colleary Original Story
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Jeremy Heath-Smith Executive Producer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Chris Kenny Co-producer,Executive Producer
Sonja Klaus Set Decoration/Design
Bobby Klein Co-producer,Executive Producer
David Lee Art Director
Lloyd Levin Producer
Gerry Madden Asst. Director
Patrick Massett Screenwriter
Peter Menzies Cinematographer
Jim Morahan Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Dallas Puett Editor
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Glen Scantlebury Editor
Mike Werb Original Story
Su Whitaker Art Director
Colin Wilson Producer
John Zinman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Kill Lara Croft [7:23]
2. Planetary Alignment [6:50]
3. The Key Hidden Within [:50]
4. Manfred Powell [6:59]
5. Her Father's Legacy [1:11]
6. The Tomb of the Dancing Light [4:34]
7. Unlocking the Secrets [6:26]
8. Recovery [:27]
9. "Welcome to the Dead Zone" [6:32]
10. Temple of Ten Thousand Shadows [1:51]
11. Grain of Sand [3:45]
12. A Nice Change [3:07]

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