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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
     

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

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Director: Jan de Bont, Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds

Cast: Jan de Bont, Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds

 

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life comes to DVD in a packed release sure to please any fan of the large-bosomed feminist adventurer. This widescreen version comes with an anamorphic 1.85:1 picture (also available in pan-and-scan) and an English 5.1 Dolby Surround track, both of which give the film a full richness for those who weren't lucky enough to

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life comes to DVD in a packed release sure to please any fan of the large-bosomed feminist adventurer. This widescreen version comes with an anamorphic 1.85:1 picture (also available in pan-and-scan) and an English 5.1 Dolby Surround track, both of which give the film a full richness for those who weren't lucky enough to catch this gem in the theater. Extras begin with a director's commentary with famed hothead Jan De Bont, who, surprisingly, comes off quite timid and well natured as he discusses the challenges the production faced when trying to outdo the original's scope and video game-inspired action. The director is also on hand for a flurry of deleted and alternate scenes, most of which were extended sections with characters later deemed inessential in the final cut. A large section of featurettes also covers various topics, including training; vehicles and weapons; stunts; visual effects; and scoring. Ranging from five to ten minutes each, this collection of behind-the-scenes clips does a manageable job of covering the broad scope of the production without getting too in-depth. In addition, there's Gerard Butler's screen test and two music videos featuring the Davey Brothers and Korn, the latter of which stars Lara Croft herself. Finally, a previews section is supplied with trailers for John Woo's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's Paycheck, along with Paramount's long-awaited The Adventures of Indiana Jones Trilogy DVD box set. For those with DVD-ROM access, the original theatrical website can be viewed, where you can download various wallpapers, read about the cast and crew, and check out the original theatrical trailer for The Cradle of Life. All in all, those who enjoyed the film should be happy with the disc's fine presentation and fairly informative look inside this sequel's production.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Angelina Jolie makes her second appearance as the supremely self-assured video game adventuress in this extravagantly produced, lightning-paced sequel, which is superior to the original in every way. This time around, Lady Croft searches for the mythical Pandora's Box, which is said to contain a destructive force that, if unleashed, could wipe out the earth's population in fairly short order. Having ascertained that the box actually exists in a remote region of Africa where human life is believed to have originated, Lara enlists the aid of unscrupulous adventurer Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler) and begins her perilous quest. Unfolding in a succession of exotic locations, replete with outlandish death traps and hairbreadth escapes, Cradle of Life plays just like a latter-day equivalent of the old cliff-hanger movie serials. Director Jan de Bont deserves most of the credit for the film's success; a master of the elaborately mounted action sequence, he invests his films with an internal logic that makes even the most outlandish situations seem not only possible but plausible. Refreshingly, he doesn't rely as extensively as some filmmakers do on digital effects: Real people doing real stunts accomplish most of the breathtaking feats here. On de Bont’s watch, Croft extricates herself, with a combination of skill and luck, from such wild predicaments as an underwater face-off with a shark. Jolie plays the sexy adventuress with iron-willed resolve, straight-faced sincerity, and just a smidgeon of dry wit. Butler's ethically challenged soldier of fortune makes an intriguing vis-à-vis for her, and Ciaran Hinds is chillingly convincing as a brilliant but sociopathic doctor who covets Pandora's Box for himself. Wildly imaginative and genuinely exciting, Lara Croft's second screen adventure is a rip-roaring yarn that will please thrill-seeking viewers.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0097363407249
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Commentary by director Jan De Bont; six deleted scenes and an alternate ending with optional De Bont commentary; five featurettes on the film's training, vehicles and weapons, stunts, visual effects, and scoring; Gerard Butler's screen test; "Did My Time" music video by Korn; "Heart Go Faster" music video by The Davey Brothers; original theatrical web site archive; wide-screen version enhanced for 16:9 TV's; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; English subtitles.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Lara Croft
Gerard Butler Terry Sheridan
Ciarán Hinds Jonathan Reiss
Chris Barrie Hillary
Noah Taylor Bryce
Djimon Hounsou Kosa
Til Schweiger Sean
Simon Yam Chen Lo
Terence Yin Xien
Daniel Caltagirone Nicholas Petraki
Fabiano Martell Jimmy Petraki
Jonathan Coyne Gus Petraki

Technical Credits
Jan de Bont Director
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Bosher Art Director
Shelly Clippard Associate Producer
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Dean Georgaris Screenwriter
Holly Goline Associate Producer
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Jeremy Heath-Smith Executive Producer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Michael Kahn Editor
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Kirby Art Director
Sonja Klaus Set Decoration/Design
Cliff Lanning Asst. Director
Lloyd Levin Producer
James Morahan Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Kirk M. Petruccelli Production Designer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Louis A. Stroller Co-producer
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Frank Walsh Art Director
Stu Whittaker Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Santorini, Greece
2. Swallowed by the Sea
3. The Luna Temple
4. Losing the Orb
5. 07744681
6. Tea Is for Guests
7. Pandora's Box
8. Barla Kala Prison
9. Accessorizing
10. I Am Charming
11. The Shay-Ling
12. Terra-Cotta Warriors
13. Shanghai
14. Wait for My Signal
15. Hong Kong
16. No Mistakes
17. Taking Flight
18. Because I Could
19. Translating
20. Kilimanjaro
21. Near the Summit
22. Shadow Guardians
23. The Cradle of Life
24. Put It Back
25. Not Meant to Be Found
26. Titles

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Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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This movie was, needless to say, better than the first one. In fact, watching my grandma pick the corns from her toes was better than the first one. But seriously, this movie was highly entertaining! Apart from Jolie (who was dazzling), this film had a lot of twists that I didn't expect and the special effects were great. All in all, I reccomend this, if you can get past the chessy love story.
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I enjoyed the first Tomb Raider but this sequel is silly, predictable and simply no fun. I own the first film... but after wasting my money on Cradle of Life when it was in theatres... I decided that wasting money once was enough for me.
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