Torque
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Torque

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Director: Joseph Kahn

Cast: Joseph Kahn, Martin Henderson, Ice Cube, Monet Mazur

     
 

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The film that will no doubt take the cake for most outrageous film of 2004, Torque zooms to DVD with hot extras and a transfer that preserves every fuel-injected second of this over-the-top biker flick. Presented with a widescreen 2.35:1 picture and roaring 5.1 sound, the film will have you crying after your entertainment center gets through assaulting you withSee more details below

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The film that will no doubt take the cake for most outrageous film of 2004, Torque zooms to DVD with hot extras and a transfer that preserves every fuel-injected second of this over-the-top biker flick. Presented with a widescreen 2.35:1 picture and roaring 5.1 sound, the film will have you crying after your entertainment center gets through assaulting you with this sucker (Note: to truly appreciate Torque, the volume should be as incredibly loud as possible!) Just the like movie, the DVD turns it up to 11 with its extras, starting with the audio commentaries. Both take the cake for assembling almost the entire cast and creative crew behind the film, each track a fun and informative look at the process of making a film of this special quality. The first one has the director, Joseph Kahn, and nine, count them, nine cast members! Everyone but Ice Cube makes it, and because of that, the track never gets stale and has the same vibrancy as the movie (the film's main bad guy Matt Schulze's creepiness included!). The second track is pretty incredible, as its features Kahn along with the writer, cinematographer, visual effects supervisor, supervising sound editor, second unit director, editor, and last but not least, the production designer -- with no producer to be found! If this isn't a first, then what is? Extras continue with two animatics that should only prove that the filmmakers knew exactly what they were making, dating back to pre-production. The Racing Animatic features a storyboard-to-live-action comparison of the unbelievable racing scene that opens the film, with Kahn making an appearance on the mike again as he discusses his nicely drafted storyboards, which are almost exactly what ended up on the finished film. The director makes just one more encore on a track with visual effects supervisor Eric Durst on the Train Animatic featurette, which shows visual comparisons of the storyboards, the computer-animated animatics, and the final film footage. The bonuses don't have multiple-angle features or anything complicated and that's what kind of makes them work. Extras are rounded out by a fun "Lean Low" music video by YoungbloodZ and the original theatrical trailer. All in all, this is a terrific disc from Warner Bros. and a benchmark for solid DVD releases.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Torque is a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart, eliciting so many moments of amped-up and overblown excitement that those with medical conditions (and very serious taste in film) should probably stay ten blocks away. In what could be called "Extreme Cinema," this little slice of joy relishes in being abundantly over-the-top at every explosive turn. With The Fast and the Furious franchise never quite living up to its full high-voltage potential, Torque takes the wheel and slams on the gas, delivering scene after glossy scene of ludicrous stunts, laughable dialogue, and a pace akin to modern day video games. With its hilarious B-movie aesthetics worn squarely on its sleeve, the film delivers the juice in so many absurd ways that it's hard not to have a guilty smile on your face throughout its breezy 81-minute running time. MTV wunderkind Joseph Kahn makes his filmmaking debut here, mixing comic book flair and amped up action to create a full-blown satire of overblown genre pics of its time. Completely contrasting the dull and needlessly dramatic Biker Boyz, this flick does more than just deliver on the chases it promises. Each explosive action scene consistently raises the bar of lunacy until the very end, as images (helped by loads of CG) breathlessly race by the camera at 200 mph, making the finale a cartoon of mayhem and destruction that redefines the word "outrageous." Sure, it might not be everyone's cup of tasty caffeinated beverage -- but for those who are tired of all the inflated two-hour-plus "epics" out there, Torque is a refreshing distraction that's lean, mean, and 100 percent entertaining in the best craziest way.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
UPC:
0085392466221
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
33,343

Special Features

Closed Caption; Two commentaries: The cast and director Joseph Kahn; the creative team and Kahn; Follow race and train sequences from animatic rendering through final edit; YoungbloodZ' "Lean Low" music video; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Henderson Cary Ford
Ice Cube Trey Wallace
Monet Mazur Shane
Adam Scott Agent McPherson
Matt Schulze Henry
Jaime Pressly China
Jay Hernandez Dalton
Will Yun Lee Val
Fredro Starr Junior
Justina Machado Henderson
John Doe Sheriff Barnes
Faizon Love Sonny
Dane Cook Neil Luff
Jim Cody Williams Earl
Christina Milian Nina

Technical Credits
Joseph Kahn Director
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
David Blackburn Editor
Graham Burke Executive Producer
Steve Danton Asst. Director
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Peter J. Hampton Production Designer
Randi Hiller Casting
Matt Johnson Screenwriter
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Brad Luff Producer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Michael Rachmil Executive Producer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
James Shanahan Art Director
Howard E. Smith Editor
Greg Tharp Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Cars Suck [1:52]
2. Making Things Right [3:29]
3. Speeding Credits [1:58]
4. Trey and the Reapers [3:52]
5. Comeback Shane [3:31]
6. Henry and the Hellions [2:48]
7. Messing With Things [3:29]
8. Time's Up for Junior [4:49]
9. Explaining More or Less [2:57]
10. Not Your Typical Fed [3:02]
11. After the Suspect [2:32]
12. Triggerman Earl [2:48]
13. Calling the Cops [4:28]
14. Destination: L.A. [1:50]
15. Through the Palms [2:31]
16. Train Transport [:05]
17. Truck Transport [3:49]
18. Passing Inspection [2:58]
19. Freeway Free-for-All [4:08]
20. Regarding Henry [4:22]
21. Meet My Partner [4:55]
22. Busting Loose [4:00]
23. Messing With the Wrong Chick [2:36]
24. Streets Afire [2:10]
25. Really Hers [2:12]
26. End Credits [2:38]

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