Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Fictional video game superstar Lara Croft comes to this big screen care of actress Angelina Jolie in the action-packed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Paramount has done a great job on this 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer. This is an excellent-looking picture that includes vivd colors, well-rendered detail, and little to no imperfections. Since this is a very new release, it's not surprising that this is a nearly flawless-looking image. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as Dolby 2.0 in English and French. The 5.1 audio track utilizes both the front and rear speakers to maximum effect; this is, by all means, a wonderfully full and bombastic soundtrack. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and music are crisp and distortion free. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is presented in a nice edition that features a vast array of extra features. To start off the disc, there is a commentary track by director Simon West. The director has some strong feelings about the movie, recounts some production difficulties, and often dotes on lead actress Angelina Jolie. Five separate featurettes are included that touch on different aspects of the production, including the stunts, the video game, and the visual effects. Each of these featurettes range in length from about ten minutes to 25 minutes and offer some in-depth insight into the making of the movie. Four deleted scenes are presented in anamorphic widescreen which also include an alternate opening title sequence from the film. A music video for the song "Elevation" by the rock group U2 is included and it's a funny spoof of the movie starring the Edge. Finally there are some DVD-ROM features for viewers with computer access. For fans of rollicking adventure, this is a great DVD that should keep them plenty busy.