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xXx

Special Edition


xXxMovie B+ | Video  A | Audio A | Extras B+

Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Csokas, Samuel L. Jackson
director Rob Cohen | Columbia Pictures & Revolution Studios
2002 | Action | PG-13 | 124 minutes
Region 1 | DVD-9
anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio | Dolby Digital 5.1

Summary: xXx (or "Triple X") is non-stop action film about a new breed of special agents.  In order to infiltrate an underground group of terrorists in Europe, the National Security Agency (NSA) resorts to a radically new approach of hiring underground con artists and thugs.  Vin Diesel stars as Xander Cage, a outlaw thrill-seeker who's nearly done it all, but is still at large.  NSA agent Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) captures Xander and puts him through a series of tests.  Xander pass them with flying colors, and with some strong convincing on agent Gibbon's part, Xander relunctantly accepts his assignment in Europe and works under the codename "XXX" (or "triple X").  With his background in underground world, he quickly earns the trust of a crime lord and infiltrates the underground society.

"Shaken and Stirred"

xXx lives up to its promise of non-stop action, with heart-stopping stunts and jaw-dropping action sequences.  Though beyond the novel concept of using outlaws as secret agents, xXx is like many other spy-action movies (its not that far off of the James Bond series).  But the action sequences are irresistibly and gratuitously good.  Action fans will gravitate to xXx for these attributes alone.  And there's nothing wrong with that.  With age, I find myself enjoying mindless action flicks more and more.  Not that I'm saying xXx is a mindless film.

Special Features: director's commentary, 11 deleted scenes with optional director commentary; "xXx: A Filmmaker's Diary" documentary; "Diesel Powered" featurette; "Building Speed: The Vehicles of xXx" featurette; "Designing the World of xXx" featurette; "The GTO is Back" featurette; "Visual Effects How To's"; Gavin Rossdale "Adrenaline" music video, and filmographies

DVD-ROM features: "Pontiac: The GTO is back" and other weblinks

DVD released on 12/31/2002 | Reviewed 1/19/2003

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Additional Notes: Unless we specify otherwise, the video and audio quality are very good when their grades are "A-" or better.  Only the highest number of channels of surround sound format is listed (e.g., Dolby Digital 5.1).  If there are both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks, then both are listed.  All DVD-Video discs are backwards compatible with stereo-only playback systems.

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Associated equipment used in evaluation: Sony DVP-S7700 reference DVD player, Sony KP-61V45 61" rear projection TV (4:3 screen aspect ratio), Sony ES STR-V444ES A/V receiver, four B&W CDM 9NTs as left/right main speakers and left/right surrounds, B&W CDM CNT center channel speaker, Monster Cable M-series S-Video cable MSV-500, Monster Cable Interlink LightSpeed 100 (Toslink) optical cable, Monster Cable Interlink 400 MKII interconnects, Monster Cable Original speaker cables in bi-wire configuration with Monster Cable twist-on gold-plated banana plug connectors, Lovan Sovereign T HiFi audio rack, and Sony MDR-V600 studio monitor headphones.  Our home theater equipment was calibrated with the Video Essentials DVD.

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