Tuxedo

The Tuxedo

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Director: Kevin Donovan

Cast: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Isaacs

     
 

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With a premise as ludicrous as The Tuxedo's, it's no wonder it was in and out of theaters so quickly (though how it made over 50 million dollars is anyone's guess). On the positive side, though, Dreamworks has done a very nice job on the DVD. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is top notch. Colors are well represented and realistic, while blacks, which comprise a…  See more details below

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With a premise as ludicrous as The Tuxedo's, it's no wonder it was in and out of theaters so quickly (though how it made over 50 million dollars is anyone's guess). On the positive side, though, Dreamworks has done a very nice job on the DVD. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer is top notch. Colors are well represented and realistic, while blacks, which comprise a vast majority of the film, are solid and dense. Contrast is perfect in every way, as is detail. In a common move now, a separate full-frame version is also available. The sound, with both 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS language tracks is also well put together. These tracks are very aggressive up front; maybe a bit too much. Volume levels are very high, so even the lowest settings produce loud sound. Nevertheless, while the surrounds aren't utilized as effectively as they could be, this is still a strong soundtrack. As for supplements, they're far from extensive, but this disc does offer some extra materials. To begin with is a handful of deleted scenes, three extended scenes, and a blooper reel similar to what you see at the end of any Jackie Chan movie. Trouble is, the majority are nothing more than watching Jennifer Love Hewitt constantly laugh. They don't go very far. Also included is a brief studio fluff piece with some cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes action. Finally, along with the standard trailer, are some extensive cast biographies and thorough production notes.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
James Bond-inspired gadgetry runs amok in this delightful send-up of spy movies, an appealing pastiche of goofy gags and spectacular stunt sequences that shows Jackie Chan at his high-spirited best. He portrays Jimmy Tong, the personable but barely competent chauffeur of debonair secret agent Clark Devlin (The Patriot’s Jason Isaacs), who is currently trying to market a chemical that turns water into a dehydrating agent. When Devlin is seriously injured in an assassination attempt, Jimmy take the superspy’s place and appropriates his most formidable asset: a $2 million tuxedo outfitted with enough sophisticated, miniaturized weaponry to destroy a small country. Rather improbably, Jimmy is mistaken for the enigmatic Devlin by nearly everybody with whom he comes into contact, including fellow agent Del Blaine (Jennifer Love Hewitt). Chan has used this mistaken-identity gambit before to good effect, and it works quite well here. Much of the humor derives from Jimmy Tong’s inability to master the various features of his versatile evening wear, and director Kevin Donovan rates kudos for the inventive sight gags he deploys with such facility. Hewitt is a bit shrill at times, but her girlish enthusiasm makes her a good foil for the hyperkinetic star. And, of course, Jackie’s signature stunt sequences are very much in evidence; nearing the age of 50, he shows no signs of slowing down. Airy, fast moving, and funny, this Tuxedo is absolutely seamless. The DVD includes a terrific assortment of bloopers, a mini-documentary about the staging of stunts, an HBO behind-the-scenes featurette, and commentary by director Donovan.
San Francisco Chronicle
It all adds up to good fun. Jonathan Curiel

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
UPC:
0667068997620
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Hilarious blooper reel; HBO's special tailor made for Jackie Chan; Deleted & extended scenes; Theatrical trailer; Case and filmmaker bios; Production notes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Chan Jimmy Tong
Jennifer Love Hewitt Del Blaine
Jason Isaacs Clark Devlin
Debi Mazar Steena
Ritchie Coster Diedrich Banning
Peter Stormare Dr. Simms
Mia Cottet Cheryl
Romany Malco Mitch
James Brown Actor
Daniel Aiken Bogus CSA Op
Bayo Akinfemi S.W.A.T. CSA Op
Michael Ayoub Water Executive
Boyd Banks Vic
Paul Bates Lundeen
Marcia Bennett Water Executive
Paul Braunstein Sewer CSA Op
Rafael Brown Drunk Fan
John Catucci CSA Firing Range Op
Cecile Cristobal Girl In Gallery
Noah Danby Bike Messenger
Jim Davis Hospital Patron
Stacey Depass Woman In Park
Ian Downie Banning Party Guest
Reg Dreger Water Executive
Marion Dressler Hospital Patron
Jack Duffy Elderly Man
Craig Eldridge Doran
Naomi Emmerson Hospital Patron
Ron Gabriel Frank Rollins
Karen Glave CSA Agent Randa
Phoenix Gonzalez De L'Air Saleswoman
Jeanette Green Elderly Woman
Paul Huggett Banning Lab Worker
Jamie Jones Banning Guard
Lawrence Kamikawaji Assistant Maitre' D
Daniel Kash Rogers
Fred Lee Own Poultry Employee
Lisa Levy Nurse #2
Daveed Louza Banning Lab Worker
William Lynn Doorman
Jordan Madley Fast Food Girl
Colin Mochrie Gallery Owner
Mike Nahrgang Homeless CSA Op
Frank T. Nakashima Water Executive
Michael Panucci Security Guard #2
Perry Perlmutar Guy In Toilet
Poi Wong Hospital Patient
Christian Potenza CSA Agent Joel
Jody Racicot Kells
Brian Rhodes Water Executive
Kim Roberts ER Nurse
Fred Rutherford Banning Party Bouncer
Gavin Stephens Hotel Security Guard
Allen Stewart-Coates Concert Maitre' D
Robert Tinkler CSA Firing Range Op
Rudy Webb Water Executive
Diana C. Weng Flower Shop CSA Op
Scott Wickware CSA Agent Wallace
Peter Gail Williams Backstage Fan
Scott Yaphe CSA Agent Gabe
Peter Yip Poultry Employee

Technical Credits
Kevin Donovan Director
Paul Denham Austerberry Production Designer
Lisa Beach Casting
William S. Beasley Executive Producer
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Michael Carella Camera Operator
Willie Chan Co-producer
Tim Chau Sound/Sound Designer
Nigel Churcher Art Director
W. M. Creations Makeup Special Effects
Natasha Danchenko Stunts
John Debney Score Composer
Brad Dechter Musical Arrangement
Jaro Dick Set Decoration/Design
Megan Fehlberg Stunts
Clarence Ford Choreography
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Billy Gottlieb Musical Direction/Supervision
Joel Guthro Camera Operator
Monte Fay Hallis Production Designer
Phil Hay Original Story,Screenwriter
Craig Herring Editor
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Michael Leeson Screenwriter
Rebecca Leonard Stunts
Wen Lung Stunts
Laurie MacDonald Executive Producer
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Matt Manfredi Original Story,Screenwriter
Brant Matthews Stunts
Erin Mirchie Stunts
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Brandi McDougall Neuwirth Co-producer
Walter Parkes Executive Producer
Karl Pazdernik Stunts
Erica Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Rachel Jacobs Stunts
Adam Schroeder Producer
Solon So Co-producer
John H. Williams Producer
Michael J. Wilson Original Story,Screenwriter
Stephen F. Windon Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Aqua La Vista (Main Titles) [3:37]
2. Art Gallery/Bike Messenger [4:35]
3. House Rules [2:39]
4. Meet Clark Devlin [2:25]
5. CSA Headquarters/Bug Store [5:57]
6. Skateboard Bomb [5:28]
7. Banning International [2:24]
8. Tuxedo Demo [4:14]
9. Nice Rack [4:11]
10. Rope Fighting [5:47]
11. A Little Over Amped [3:26]
12. Meet James Brown [4:15]
13. The Last Emperor of Soul [8:07]
14. Cheryl's Hospitality Suite [6:04]
15. Walk on Water [2:02]
16. "Clark Devlin" Is Back [7:10]
17. The Tuxedo Vs. The Suit [5:02]
18. Awaiting the Queen [5:08]
19. Operation Art Gallery Girl [5:52]
20. Outtakes (End Credits) [4:33]

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