Transporter

The Transporter

4.4 19
Director: Corey Yuen

Cast: Corey Yuen, Jason Statham, Shu Qi, François Berléand

     
 

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This hard-charging action drama arrives on DVD in a slam-bang package. The Transporter has been given two transfers to disc for this release -- a letterboxed version in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors) and a pan-and-scan transfer in the full-frame ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language audio

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This hard-charging action drama arrives on DVD in a slam-bang package. The Transporter has been given two transfers to disc for this release -- a letterboxed version in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors) and a pan-and-scan transfer in the full-frame ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while alternate dubbed tracks in Spanish and French appear in Dolby Digital Surround; optional subtitles in English and Spanish are also included. Bonus materials include a commentary track with leading man Jason Statham and producer Steven Chasman, a short documentary on the making of the film, and the original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Cool, kinetic, and supremely self-assured, this compact little action flick moves far too quickly to sink under the weight of its plot holes and occasional pretensions. Although clearly indebted to writer/producer Luc Besson's previous exercises in Gallic underworld glamour, The Transporter perfectly balances the contributions of co-directors Corey Yuen and Louis Leterrier. Yuen, a Hong Kong vet with a several American fight-choreography credits under his belt, turns in some breathless action set pieces whose grace and economy seem miles away from the blustery Michael Bay school of excess. Leterrier, meanwhile, presumably deserves credit for eliciting such wry humor and genre-defying humanity from the performers. Freed from the cocky, talky constraints of Guy Ritchie's world, star Jason Statham exudes coiled tension underneath his controlled exterior. The tale of an underworld courier's crisis of conscience could too easily slip into mawkish self-parody, but Statham's less-is-more approach lends the scenario an undeniable authenticity; this man, rather than Vin Diesel or The Rock, should be the model for tomorrow's action hero. It helps that Shu Qi makes such a credible combination of victim, femme fatale, and witty foil. After a twisted "meet cute" silly enough to satisfy the most rabid romantic comedy fan, Qi and Statham settle into a delicious chemistry that survives several unlikely plot twists. François Berléand's role as a wise, wary police detective proves problematic, but he and Statham wring as much dramatic frisson as possible from their frequent, pseudo-philosophical tête-à-têtes. Matt Schulze's double-crossing villain is strictly pro forma, but fans of television's Alias will not be surprised to learn that Ric Young achieves an effortless air of smug menace as the imposing and ultimately cold-blooded Mr. Kwai. The Transporter may have failed to cross over at the American box office the way Besson's and Statham's previous efforts did, but it's an unassuming delight in a genre fraught with loud, showy duds.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0024543074397
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; 15 minutes of unrated, never-before-seen extended fight sequences with optional commentary by Jason Statham, Steven Chasman, and director Cory Yuen; Full-length audio commentary by actor Jason Statham and producer Steven Chasman; Making-of featurette; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Statham Frank Martin
Shu Qi Lai
François Berléand Tarconi
Matt Schulze Wall Street
Ric Young Mr. Kwai
Doug Rand Leader
Didier Saint Melin Boss
Tonio Descanvelle Thug 1
Laurent Desponds Thug 2
Matthieu Albertini Thug 3
Vincent Tulli Thug

Technical Credits
Corey Yuen Director,Action Director
Luc Besson Producer,Screenwriter
Stephane Moreno Carpio Asst. Director
Steven Chasman Producer
Nathalie Cheron Casting
Christophe Cheysson Asst. Director
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Francois-Joseph Hors Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Didier Lozahic Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Morel Cinematographer
Martine Rapin Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugues Tissandier Production Designer
Nicolas Trembasiewicz Editor
Vincent Tulli Sound Editor
Ken Yasumoto Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
1. Main Titles
2. Never Change the Deal
3. The Getaway
4. Nothing Out of Place
5. A Precise Business
6. The Package
7. Breaking the Rules
8. Another Delivery
9. Surprise Package
10. A Force of One
11. The Stowaway
12. Lai
13. The New Cook
14. Under Siege
15. Nothing But Trouble
16. The Official Story
17. Not Everything's a Lie
18. The Heart of the Matter
19. The Man for the Job
20. The Infiltrator
21. Combat in the Containers
22. Bus Battle
23. Greased Lightning
24. In Pursuit
25. Attack From Above
26. Crashing Wall Street
27. Kwai's Revenge
28. End Titles
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles
2. Never Change the Deal
3. The Getaway
4. Nothing Out of Place
5. A Precise Business
6. The Package
7. Breaking the Rules
8. Another Delivery
9. Surprise Package
10. A Force of One
11. The Stowaway
12. Lai
13. The New Cook
14. Under Siege
15. Nothing But Trouble
16. The Official Story
17. Not Everything's a Lie
18. The Heart of the Matter
19. The Man for the Job
20. The Infiltrator
21. Combat in the Containers
22. Bus Battle
23. Greased Lightning
24. In Pursuit
25. Attack From Above
26. Crashing Wall Street
27. Kwai's Revenge
28. End Titles

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The Transporter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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This movie was really well done. I gave my husband a hard time when he came home with this movie - I thought it was just another ''action-packed'' dopey film. However, not only did my husband and kids enjoy the movie, I found myself on the edge of my seat and my jaw clenched for most of it. Excellent action sequences, good acting, interesting cinematography. Also, the additional sequences (interviews with the actors etc.) show what a well-orchestrated production it was. Totally enjoyable (and this from a person who tends to find flaws with most movies...)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The scenery was absolutely beautiful for one. The Transporter definitely knew how to handle that 1999 BMW flawlessly and he was oh so good to look at. I've never seen Jason Statham before this movie and I must say that after this, I will be looking for him. I just saw The Italian Job which he co-stars in & every time he had to drive or do something in the film I kept saying to my boyfriend, he can do that because he's The Transporter! Totally enjoyed the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in the theatre. Everyone of us loved it. For guys, this is the best an action flick can get. The last hour and fifteen minutes is straight non-stop action. It goes from car chase to fight scene to car chase and so on ... unbelievable. For girls, Jason Stratham takes his shirt off for like half the movie ... and he is cut.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch a lot of movies, and it takes quite a bit to make me take notice. This move grabbed me by the throat and demanded my attention. Jason Statham plays Frank Martin, a former military man who’s turned into a transporter, with his own set of rules. On a seemingly simple job, he breaks one of his own rules (rule 3: never look in the package) and his entire world blows up in his face. Suddenly, Frank is sucked into a dark world of human slavery and organized crime. The fight scenes are amazing to watch, they held me spellbound, and the chase scenes are simply fun. Other reviewers are pointing out the plot holes. There’s a few, but frankly, who cares? This isn’t Alfred Hitchcock, nor is it trying to be smart, high drama. It’s more analogous to Quentin Tarantino. It’s just action for the fun of it. If you’re looking for a movie that will enrich your life and make you think- go rent Schindler’s List. If you’re looking for a movie that will entertain you, thrill you, and make 90 minutes race by- then get yourself a copy of the Transporter. Highly recommended for all action movie buffs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply one of the worst movies I've ever seen! The initial storyline is plausable enough but once in use its almost unwatchable. The accents make the dialog difficult to understand, in fact, I'm not sure what the girl and the french cop are speaking is english. The action scenes are choppy with an seemingly unending supply of bad guys trying to put the hurt on Statham. As with all martial arts movies a certain suspension of disbelief is required however this director and story has difficulty even pulling that off. The one bright spot is Jason Statham who is incredible as an action hero. He plays the perfect strong silent type with little smirks thrown as if to tell the audience that he truly has this all under control and is actually enjoying the exercise. He is at his best in the fight scenes where he can show off his really amazing abilities. He pulls off some moves I haven't seen in the best foreign martial arts movies. So, see this if you like a ridiculous plot and horrible acting, but great fight sequences. Even then make sure you've had a few drinks.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
Statham is an awesome actor & a breath of fresh air for recent action films.
Paul62 More than 1 year ago
I found this series to have excellent characters, lots of intelligent action, and a lead character with all the right moves, yet not totally predictable. What I liked about this series of action videos, was the plot twists, and true involvement wih the main character, and his concern for those he transports. Great scripts, excellent camera work, and characters which immerse you into the movie. I love this series.
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