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    Unique ID Code: 0000043981
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    Added on: 15/1/2003 16:23
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    XXX (UK)

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    A new breed of secret agent
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 119 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
    Release Date:

    Synopsis:
    This amped action drama stars Vin Diesel as Xander (aka Triple X), a rebellious extreme sports star with a mission to defy authority and create anarchy. In the dramatic opening scene of the movie, Xander pulls an outrageous series of stunts with the help of a band of similar-minded jocks, broadcasts the whole event live onto the Internet with a network of strategically placed digital cameras, and then avoids being captured by the squadron of police who pursue him. When Triple X is later taken into custody, Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson), a representative from a government agency, hires the chiseled athlete and turns him into a secret agent with a mission to travel to Prague and collapse a dangerous terrorist cell operated by Yorgi (Martin Csokas) and the seductive Yelena (Asia Argento).

    Triple X is quickly drawn into Yorgi`s lair, a stunning chateau situated in the mountains that is equipped with every high-tech modern amenity imaginable, along with a sizeable team of extra-large Slav bodyguards, a laboratory staffed by top scientists, and an always-ready gaggle of gorgeous concubines.

    Non-stop stunts, pounding hard-core music, elaborate sets, and inventive costumes make this Rob Cohen-directed adrenaline overload a visually exciting, aurally engaging, highly entertaining success.

    Special Features:
    Audio commentary from director Rob Cohen
    9 deleted scenes
    `A Director`s Journey` documentary
    `Building Speed: The Vehicles of xXx` featurette
    `Designing The World Of xXx` featurette
    `Diesel Powered`: a profile of Vin Diesel
    Visual Effects How To`s: Avalanche, Exploding Bike Jump, Exploding Hut, Head Removal
    2 Multi-angle sequences
    `Adrenaline` music video
    Story board to finished film comparisons
    DVD-Rom features: NSA HQ hack

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English

    Directed By:
    Rob Cohen

    Written By:

    Starring:
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Marton Csokas
    Asia Argento
    Vin Diesel

    Casting By:
    Ronna Kress
    Kate Dowd

    Soundtrack By:
    Gavin McGregor Rossdale
    Phil Hartnoll
    Paul Hartnoll
    Randy Edelman

    Director of Photography:
    Dean Semler

    Editor:
    Paul Rubell
    Joel Negron
    Chris Lebenzon

    Production Designer:
    Gavin Bocquet

    Producer:
    Matthew Stillman
    Neal H. Moritz
    David Minkowski
    Michelle Glass
    Derek Dauchy
    Creighton Bellinger

    Executive Producer:
    George Zakk
    Arne Schmidt
    Todd Garner
    Vin Diesel

    Distributor:
    Columbia / Tristar

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    The movie has a lot of adrenaline rushing stunts, fabulous settings, nice girls and lots of neat gadgets. But thats about it. A typical Bond movie, you might think. The film fails to deliver plotwise. The final showdown is a bit lame. Vin Diesel fails to convince as an action hero and the acting is quite poor. All that said, the film does have some really cool and entertaining moments and that is really what action movies are about. However these moments are fairly limited.

    The picture quality is quite good but nothing more than you`d expect from a new hollywood release. The colours are vibrant and the transfer is fresh and clean from any grain.
    The sound is also a really great DD5.1 The soundtrack is awesome and is showcased well.

    There are plenty of extras on the making of, deleted scenes, storyboards, commentary and stuff. Other promotional material. Some of these are quite decent, analysing the stunts and special effects but some of the extras are totally useless and stuff repeats itself. You could say that the movie and the extras are advertising Vin Diesel.

    Overall a typical action flick presented well on a good disc. If you like the movie then this dvd will suit you well. If you havent seen the movie, I would recommend renting it as it is nothing special, just your typical action movie, overloaded with stunts.
    posted by dicanio on 9/2/2003 21:15
    8 / 10
    yet another James Bod rip off graces are screens. The film got rave reviews but at the end of the day it`s a big dumb piece of rubbish. Vin Deasil gives a performance so bad it`s painfull. The audio and visual presentations are top notch and the special features good. The commentary explains things and makes things clearer. The deleted scenes are not that interresting and the rest is just usual documentaries and trailers. Avoid.
    posted by verhoeven on 9/3/2003 13:19
    I thought this was a porn movie. Avoid at all costs.
    posted by alias-rf2 on 28/4/2005 23:43