The Transporter 2 on DVD
Mindless action fans rejoice!
The original Transporter film, starring Jason Statham, was a basic
story seemingly written around a series of really cool action sequences.
Like a sequel should, Transporter 2 has an even more basic story
written around some even cooler action sequences.
Frank Martin (Statham) has cleaned up a bit. He seems less interested
in a career aiding criminals, and more interested in the kind of
jobs that are less likely to get him killed. His latest assignment
is to drive for a wealthy family in Miami, and things seem to be
going pretty well.
That is, until the family’s son is abducted by some really
Naturally, Frank being who he is, takes matters into his own hands
and tries to get the boy back (it probably doesn’t help that
the family thinks he was involved). He goes against the odds, and
must single-handedly thwart the bad guys and save the lives of the
boy and, potentially, his famly.
Not to mention Frank himself....
If you’re looking for style, rather than substance, look
no further. The Transporter 2 is chock full of fast-paced, stylized
action, with some elaborate choreography. In some places it goes
groan-inducingly over the line, but it almost seems like a way to
ensure we don’t take it too seriously (though some people
still will, for some reason).
Besides, this film doesn’t even go as far as most James Bond
Jason Statham re-proves his prowess here. His acting chops may
not be worthy of Oscar consideration, but there are few people who
embody “action star” like him with his moves and attitude.
The Transporter 2 is not great moviemaking. It merely takes the
concept of the original, ups the ante, and delivers it with some
major pizzazz. You may feel a couple of I.Q. points stupider afterwards,
but it’s a fun, mindless action romp that only the most stuck-up
individual could possibly find fault with.
The DVD comes complete with widescreen (2.35:1) and full screen
version, with a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track and a few extras.
Picture quality is pretty solid, with only a few patches of grain
and a soft touch bogging it down. Color, detail and fleshtones are
all done well, and blacks and whites show up quite nicely.
The audio track is impressive, with solid, frequent surrounds during
the many action scenes, and a much more reserved musical score during
the non-action scenes. The subwoofer gets a great workout, but oddly
enough, we noticed a surprising lack of front left and right speaker
output. Overall, things still sound great, though.
Extras on the disc kick off with almost 20 minutes worth of deleted
and extended scenes. There’s some not bad stuff in here, but
ultimately the film would have become too long and its pacing shot.
The 87 minute runtime is absolutely perfect (though we wouldn’t
have complained abouta little more action).
“Making of Transporter 2” is only about four minutes,
and not long enough to really be good for anything. A bit longer
is the ten-minute “Making of the Music” featurette,
which gives us a pretty in-depth look at scoring and mixing the
film. Interesting, if you’re into that kind of thing. Finally,
we get a blooper reel and a Fox Inside Look.
The Transporter 2, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
87 minutes, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) 16x9 enhanced, Dolby
Starring Jason Statham, Alessandro Gassman, Amber Valletta and Kate
Produced by Luc Besson and Steven Chasman
Written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen, directed by Louis
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