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RUSH HOUR 2: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
LAPD detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) and Royal Hong Kong Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) are in Hong Kong on holiday when a bomb explodes in the U.S. Embassy, killing two American customs agents investigating a counterfeit currency operation. The chief suspect is Ricky Tan (John Lone), a Triad boss and former detective who was once the partner of Lee's father. With American and Hong Kong authorities fighting over jurisdiction of the case, Lee and Carter set off on their own path to track down Tan.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A fine cast, with the exception perhaps of one-note Chris Tucker, and plenty of zippy action fail to make this a proud sequel. The Hong Kong sequences are second rate, but when the action moves to Las Vegas there is some buzz about. However, the script is lumbering, heavy handed and uneven, and the characters are rather flat. Even Jackie Chan appears to be going through the paces, but we canít blame him. Ziyi Zhang and Roselyn Sanchez stand out as a dangerous crim and mysterious customs agent respectively, but even their efforts are insufficient to pump up the movie.

Rather frustratingly, Rattnerís commentary tells us a lot about the opening credits and first scenes, but fails to discuss how they shot the biggest stunt in it Ė the explosion in the high rise. Thatís done in the special feature, Visual Effects Deconstruction (and rather well.) The two handed commentary gives the audio a sense of collaboration, but they just donít have enough truly profoundly interesting to say. (eg ďThis is an actual police station in Hong Kong.Ē)

To the DVD producersí great credit the special features menu lists each feature with its running time. But much of the content is not compelling. Jackie Chanís Hong Kong is a bad travelogue but mercifully short. The Culture Clash piece (4:50) is a sloppy section from what the EPK might contain. Language Barrier the same Ė but with a tad more interest. The Jackie Chan puff piece (Attaining International Stardom) is a collection of interview grabs praising Jackie. The longest piece is Kung Fu choreography Ė and the best. Itís about 9 minutes and well worth the time.

Evolution of a Scene is made up of lots of B roll with Rattner Ė and is actually three scenes, while there are nine deleted scenes, and all of this comes with commentary. The outtakes donít Ė and donít need to.

Technically first class, the DVD is clean and sharp, the all important sound quality is all you could ask for, and itís just a pity the movie isnít up to the original.

Published February 14, 2002

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RUSH HOUR 2 (M)
(US)

CAST: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Chris Penn, Don Cheadle, John Lone, Ziyi Zhang

DIRECTOR: Brett Ratner

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes (feature only)

PRESENTATION:
Widescreen 2.35:1, 16:9 enhanced; Dolby Digital EX 5.1; DTS ES 6.1, Dolby 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Commentary by director Brett Ratner and writer Jeff Nathanson; deleted scenes/outttakes with optional commentary by Brett Ratner; visual effects deconstruction Ė Multi Angle; Making Magic out of Mire, Brett Ratner production commentary; Evolution of a Scene; Jackie Chanís Hong Kong; Culture Clash Ė West Meets East; Language Barrier; Attaining International Stardom; Kung Fu Choreography; Lady Luck, student film by Brett Ratner with commentary; Fashion of Rush Hour 2; cast & crew filmographies; theatrical trailers

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Ent

DVD RELEASE: February 20, 2002







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