XXX

XXX

4.1 30
Director: Rob Cohen

Cast: Rob Cohen, Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

If any movie was made for DVD, XXX, a video game disguised as a film, is the one. And what a DVD! Though it could easily have been a two-disc set, Columbia Pictures opted for a single platter, but loaded it up. To begin with is an exceptional 40-minute documentary called "A Filmmaker's Diary," covering everything from pre- to post-production. Beyond this areSee more details below

Overview

If any movie was made for DVD, XXX, a video game disguised as a film, is the one. And what a DVD! Though it could easily have been a two-disc set, Columbia Pictures opted for a single platter, but loaded it up. To begin with is an exceptional 40-minute documentary called "A Filmmaker's Diary," covering everything from pre- to post-production. Beyond this are three more featurettes on the vehicles, Vin Diesel, and the world of XXX. The final featurette is a pathetic promotional piece for Pontiac's GTO. This is nothing more than a commercial for their upcoming car and has little to do with the movie. Along with that is a brief section on some visual effects for the avalanche scene. The shots are silent so the optional commentary by Joel Hynek of Digital Domain is almost necessary. In addition are ten deleted scenes with optional director's commentary, a music video from Gavin Rossdale for "Adrenaline," some filmographies, and the theatrical trailer for this film, plus trailers for Anger Management and Darkness Falls. If that wasn't enough, director Rob Cohen provides a scene-specific commentary that is really interesting and never dull. While the supplements are outstanding, the image and sound equal them in every way. Possibly even better than the image is the sound. The 5.1 Dolby Digital track (a DTS would have equally rocked, but isn't offered) is loud, loud, and loud. Dialogue is surprising not obscured, but this track is alive throughout the film. Surrounds are aggressive and used at just the right moments for wonderful effect. Finally, the image is framed at 2.35:1 and, of course, anamorphic. A pan and scan version is available separately, but with this type of film, any cut in picture size would ruin the effect. It's reference quality all the way. Detail is solid, and the darker scenes show no sign of breakdown. Would anything less be expected anymore? Certainly not. Colors are equally strong, with a subdued saturation that mimics the theatrical print perfectly. The critics tended to hate this film, but if you want action, and you want an exceptional DVD to go along with it, go no further than XXX.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Move over, Bond, there’s a new spy in town, and he’s not worried about qualifying for a license to kill. Vin Diesel, the new millennium’s most unlikely leading man, plays the new millennium’s most unlikely secret agent in XXX, a lightning-paced, action-packed thriller with more stunts and explosions per reel than any movie we’ve seen in a long time. Diesel is Xander Cage, an extreme-sports daredevil forcibly recruited by government operative Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) to infiltrate a terrorist band operating in Prague. Cage’s assignment: to find and destroy the deadly new nerve gas being developed by scientists working for the ruthless Yorgi (Marton Csokas), a former Soviet soldier who plans to throw the entire world into chaos. Sultry Asia Argento sizzles as Yelena, a sweetheart of Yorgi’s with schemes of her own. Diesel’s rough-edged, downright thuggish charm makes him well suited for the starring role. Cage is an act-first, think-later kind of guy with no use for rules and no respect for authority -- in other words, just the agent you want inside a group of self-described nihilists. Rob Cohen, who directed Diesel in The Fast and the Furious, satisfies action lovers by keeping his brawny star in almost constant motion, rewarding Diesel fans with frequent glimpses of Xander sans shirt. The elaborate and inventive action sequences -- almost too numerous to count -- supply an adrenaline-fueled rush that’ll grab you in the first reel and hold you until the final credits roll. If you like your spy movies with complicated story lines, surprising plot twists, and witty repartee, XXX is unlikely to satisfy you. If, however, you prefer nonstop stunts and thrills of the most visceral kind, this is definitely the film to have. For the Special Edition DVD versions (wide-screen and full-frame), Cohen supplies commentary both during the film and for a number of deleted scenes; Special Edition discs also offer a music video and a behind-the-scenes featurette, "Building Speed: The Vehicles of XXX."
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Rob Cohen's XXX seems to be inspired by video games. Loud electronic European techno music (including a hilarious cover of the famous score from The Third Man) accompanies Xander Cane, played with great tough-guy panache by Vin Diesel, as he shoots guns, out-snowboards an avalanche, brings down a drug cartel, drives real real fast, beds Asia Argento, and blows stuff up. Borrowing the plot points familiar to anyone who has ever seen a James Bond film, XXX certainly finds an energy that has been missing from those films. What sets this film apart from other films obviously aimed at the international action market is the lead actor. Diesel is a compelling figure. He appears to genuinely enjoy himself on screen without resorting to self-mockery that would pull the audience out of the movie. Like the most memorable Bond actors, he wants the audience to have as good a time watching the movie as he did making it. On that level the film is a success. There may not be anything original about XXX, but it is an energetic addition to a familiar genre.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
12/31/2002
UPC:
0043396082939
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
8,942

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Director's commentary; "A Filmmaker's Diary" documentary; "Diesel Powered" featurette; "Building Speed: The Vehicles of XXX" featurette; "Designing the World of XXX" featurette; "The GTO is Back" featurette; 11deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Visual effects "how-to's"; Scene deconstructions (multi-angle); Storyboard comparisons; Music video: "Adrenaline" by Gavin Rossdale; DVD-ROM extras: Screenplay, Agent Shavers' GTO manual, web links; Filmographies; Animated interactive menus; Motion scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vin Diesel Xander "XXX" Cage
Asia Argento Yelena
Marton Csokas Yorgi
Samuel L. Jackson Agent Gibbons
Danny Trejo El Jefe
Michael Roof Toby Lee Shavers
Tom Everett Sen. Dick Hotchkiss
Richy Müller Milan Sova
Werner Daehn Kirill
Eve J.J.
Leila Arcieri Jordan King
Rick Thorne Caddy Passenger
William Hope Agent Roger Donnan
Mike Vallely Skater
Jason Ellis Van Video Shooter
Brian Deegan Extreme Guy
Colin McKay Van Driver
Tony Hawk Caddy Driver
Mat Hoffman Extreme Guy
Rob Wells Xander's Friend
Carey Hart Caddy Passenger
Martin Barta Male Opera Singer
Martina Bauerova Female Opera Singer
Rammstein Themselves
Orbital Themselves
David Asman Agent Polk
Vitezsalv Bouchner Head Technician
Teejay Boyce Bimbo Intern
Joe Bucaro Virg
Armando Cantina Field Worker
Vaclav Chalupa Nervous Hacker
Alena Cihalikova Xander's Bedroom Dancer
Esteban Cueto Gold Tooth Narco
Mike Escamilla Ramp Truck Passenger
Jan Filipensky Viktor
Chris Gann T.J.
Tanner Gill Trucker
Mary-Pat Green Waitress
Thomas Ian Griffith Agent Jim McGrath
Martin Hub Ivan Podrov
Petr Jákl Kolya
Roman Matrka Czech Agent
Ted Maynard James Tannick
Joshua Montero Child Field Worker
F. Valentino Morales Short Order Cook/NSA Agent
Michal Muller Zither Player
Ivo Niederle Head Chemist
Lubos Pospisil Czech Major
Ivan Rueda Child Field Worker
Martina Smukova Female Czech Cop
Leonard Thomas NSA Agent
Radek Tomecka Ivan Pedgrag
Marek Vasut Czech General
Scott Waugh Stock Broker
Rich Wilkes Tall Guy

Technical Credits
Rob Cohen Director
Creighton Bellinger Co-producer
Brian Bettwy Asst. Director
Nancy Bishop Casting
Gavin Bocquet Production Designer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup Special Effects
Derek Dauchy Co-producer
Vin Diesel Executive Producer
Kate Dowd Casting
Randy Edelman Score Composer
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Todd Garner Executive Producer
Michelle Glass Associate Producer
Jim Halty Stunts
Phil Harvey Art Director
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Jindrich Koci Art Director
Ronna Kress Casting
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Michael Glass Asst. Director
David Minkowski Associate Producer
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Joel Negron Editor
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Rubell Editor
Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Bruce Stambler Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Stillman Associate Producer
Rich Wilkes Screenwriter
George Zakk Executive Producer

Read More

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Agent Augustus Gibbons
3. Xander's Little Bridge Stunt
4. Surprise Party
5. The Diner Test
6. El Jefe
7. Fuerza Aerea Colombiana Strike
8. Hell on Wheels
9. Xander's Lucky Day
10. Milan Sova
11. Anarchy 99
12. Agent Toby Lee Shavers
13. $1.2 Million Car Order
14. "Technologicque Park"
15. Tucking Xander Into Bed
16. Lunch With a Secret Agent
17. The Kirill Kill
18. Ahab
19. Silent Night
20. Fire in the Hole!
21. "I Switched Sides"
22. Taking Out the Communications Tower
23. Saved by the Prague Police
24. No Smoking Allowed
25. Wipe Out
26. Going Straight Through
27. Dropping in on Ahab
28. "Welcome to the Xander Zone!"

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >