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Gone in 60 Seconds
The Movie: Gone in 60 Seconds combines fast-paced adrenaline-pumping car-stealing action with well, basically no plot. Or at least it's a paper-thin plot. To save his brother (Giovanni Ribisi) who took a job he couldn't handle, Memphis Raines (Nicolas Cage) has to come out of car-thief retirement and get his old crew back together to steal 50 cars in one night. That's the plot - that's it - there's a small sub-plot featuring a romance between Jolie and Cage and a rivalry between Delroy Lindo and Cage, but that's about where the intricacies end.
Plot or no, I still enjoyed this movie. Sure it's not a classic film - it'll never be on AFI's top 100, but nonetheless, it entertains. The action is non-stop and the dialogue between the characters is witty and fun. Although Angelina's absence from most of the movie was noticeable, she still plays a significant role within it. The movie has its ups and downs, but overall, you'll find it to be one hell of a ride.
The Picture: Being a fairly recent theatrical release, it's no surprise that the video transfer is pristine. The colors are very sharp and, while pixelization was evident a couple of times, it was barely noticeable. The layer change did produce a noticeable pause, but it was during a scene change, so the pause did not interrupt the movie. The anamorphic transfer looks great and is a nice addition to this 2.35:1 ratio film.
The Sound: The sound on this film is just short of amazing. The 5.1 surround engrosses you with surrounds during the chase scenes and most action sequences. Both the dialogue and audio is crisp and clear throughout with the bass packing a nice punch when necessary. It's classic Bruckheimer - action from start to finish with the sound playing a large role - the sorrounds and bass add immeasurably to the experience.
The Extras: This disc is definitely packed with extras. The only thing missing is a commentary track. The menus are nicely animated with a short video sequence prior to the main menu and during most menu transitions. Also note that while the animated menus are anamorphic, all of the extra features are not. That being said, let's get to the "bonus material."
Interview with Jerry Bruckheimer: This interview is actually better than I had expected. Jerry talks about his role as the producer on the film and what the audience has come to expect from him. He talks about the kinds of movies he likes to do, and how he picks his director, screenwriter, and stars. It's quite short, but interspersed with scenes from his biggest works, it seems longer than it really is.
Action Overload: It seems that this is going to become standard fare on Buena Vista releases. Shanghai Noon had this same feature, which is basically a jumble of all the action sequences from the movie in a sort of self-described "music-video style." It combines footage from the movie along with behind-the-scenes footage which is actually pretty nice seeing some of the scenes from the director's perspective.
The Big Chase: This extra features 3 different sub-selections: L.A. Streets, Naval Yard, and The Big Jump. These three 'featurettes' go behind the scenes of each of the 3 major chase scenes with interviews with the major crew members involved. Also included are storyboards, technical details, stunts, and filming details. These three featurettes are pretty fun to watch and give some insight into how the chase scenes were conceived and filmed.
0 to 60: Features an interview with Bruckheimer along with behind-the-secenes video. Also features an interview with the screenwriter talking about character development (which is quite thin) and plot structure.
Wild Rides: Yet another featurette which basically talks about the training of the actors to learn how to drive a car through various situations. They basically show that Nick Cage does most of his own stunts and he actually drove the car.
Stars on the Move: Features submenus with 11 different options. Each character in the movie basically has a short featurette on the characters with interviews with the characters, director, producer, and more. It pretty much shows the intentions behind each character if you really didn't get it from the movie...
The Cult Music Video: Features The Cult's video Painted on my Heart which like almost every other music video from a film combines the regular music video with scenes from the movie. Nothing really special here.
Trailer: The trailer is the same one presented in theaters - Time it took you to buy your ticket: 3.2 minutes, time it took you to get your popcorn: 2.5 minutes, time it took them to steal your car: 60 seconds.
Conclusion: Fans of the movie will not be disappointed with the presentation of this movie on DVD. The video and audio are spectacular and really make this film a joy to watch. Like I said above, this isn't a classic movie - it's meant to be watched to have fun - and you will. The action is great, the chases superb, and the movie will entertain. The extras, while not spectacular by any stretch - and void of an audio commentary, are still a nice addition and feature some interviews along with some behind-the-scenes stuff that is quite interesting. The $30 price tag might be a bit prohibitive, but for a fan of the movie, or Jerry Bruckheimer movies in general, this disc is a definite necessity to the DVD collection.