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The Rundown [WS] [DVD] [2003]

The Rock hits DVD once again in Columbia Pictures' release of the underappreciated, amped-up actioner The Rundown. Presented in an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen image (it's also available in a separate full-screen version), the picture quality is pristine, as is the sound, which comes in both a 5.1 and a 2.0 Dolby Digital track. Apart from the stellar packaging and presentation (check out that shiny cover), The Rundown has been given one wild treatment as far as bonus materials go. Things start off with director Peter Berg and The Rock's audio commentary track, which is truly a blast from beginning to end. The duo prove their uncanny chemistry as the banter moves from Tom Arnold in a wrestling match to Berg egging on his lead star to grow his hair out for his next role -- a bold and hilarious idea if there ever was one! For this track alone, the DVD is worth it! Of course, there's more fun to be had, with another commentary from the producers as well as a heap-load of featurettes for the viewer to dive into. For a good look at the over-the-top action of the film, check out "Rumble in the Jungle" -- a ten-minute glimpse at the stunts that features great behind-the-scenes footage of fight choreographer Andy Cheng and his crew. Additionally, "The Amazon, Hawaii-Style" shows how the production transformed the Hawaiian Islands into a jungle landscape, while "Appetite for Destruction" dives into the pyrotechnics and visual effects that litter the film's more explosive moments. "The Rundown Uncensored" is a goofy bit that highlights the controversial love affair between one of the monkeys and the headlining star, while "Running Down the Town" is yet another featurette on the location shoot and how the crew transformed a national park into a red-earthed Brazilian town. The "Walken's World" documentary is exactly what it is -- a candid look at what it's like working with the legendary Christopher Walken and such juicy bits as which actor was scared to death of the acting legend (hint: his initials are S.W.S.!). Add on to all of that 14 minutes of deleted scenes (including a few extra major action sequences), and you basically have the disc right there. If you managed to catch the flick on the big screen, you should know how much of a good time it is, so it's a pleasure to say that the same humor has been translated to all of the extras here. Sadly, no theatrical trailer was included, though that seems to be the norm for big Hollywood DVDs these days.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes: The Rock's exclusive footage not shown in theaters
    • "Rumble in the Jungle": Witness the choreographed magic behind the film's awesome stunts and fight scenes
    • "Appetite for Destruction": A behind-the-scenes look at how the amazing explosions and special visual effects were created
    • "The Amazon, Hawaii-Style": Join the cast and filmmakers on-location as they transform Hawaii into the Amazon
    • "The Rundown Uncensored": Get the inside scoop on The Rock and his wild co-star, Camilla the Baboon
    • "Walken's World": Explores what it was like for the other actors to work with Christopher Walken
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Rundown
    Beck (The Rock) is a "retrieval specialist" in hock to a powerful and not particularly nice gentleman named Walker (William Lucking). Beck is anxious to retire from his dangerous work and open a small restaurant. Walker tells Beck he'll be free and clear with enough cash to fulfill his dream if he does one more job. He sends Beck into the Brazilian rainforest to bring back his wayward son, Travis (Seann William Scott). Travis is down there looking for a legendary idol, El Gato Diablo, which he could sell for millions if he found it. A pretty local, Mariana (Rosario Dawson), offers Travis the use of her boat in exchange for a cut of the take on the statue. But the powerful Hatcher (Christopher Walken) owns the area's huge mine, where locals work for slave wages, and feels that anything found in the area is his property. He refuses to let Beck take Travis back to the U.S. until the statue is in his hands. Using his estimable fighting prowess (he doesn't like guns), Beck manages to get Travis out of town, but Travis doesn't want to go home, and he ends up getting them stranded in the jungle, where they're confronted with horny monkeys and angry guerrillas. To make matters worse, Hatcher and his thugs are hot on their trail, and Mariana turns out to have her own motives for getting involved. The Rundown, the second film directed by actor Peter Berg (Very Bad Things), features a brief, uncredited cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Seann William Scott
      Seann William Scott - Travis
    • Rosario Dawson
      Rosario Dawson - Mariana
    • Christopher Walken
      Christopher Walken - Hatcher
    • Ewen Bremner
      Ewen Bremner - Declan
    • Jon Gries
      Jon Gries - Harvey



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Much better than you'd expect

      Posted
      Bellito

      Well, I wasn't expecting a great deal from this film. In fact, I probably wouldn't have seen it at all if it hadn't gotten surprisingly good reviews. The Rock was pretty forgettable in 'The Scorpion King', although not terrible, but he puts in a great performance here. Tasked with the retrieval of a wayward son, he ends up in a three (or four) way hunt for a mysterious golden idol, along the way encountering everything from homicidal gold miners to jungle rebels to packs of angry monkeys. It is one funny movie, and the action scenes are great. Most importantly, the cast has both charisma and quality, and the dialogue isn't nearly as stilted as you'd expect in a typical action film. You can tell they all had fun making the movie, perhaps because it was actually filmed in Hawaii. Regardless, you should check this out even if you have doubts about it, because it will win you over.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Loved the movie, expected better picture

      Posted
      UTexGrad

      If you love Schwarzenegger-type action movies you will love this one. However, if you already have the DVD and are looking to get the blu-ray for the HD picture you may be as disappointed as I was. The transfer simply is not that great. I really thought the jungle scenes were ripe for the blu-ray treatment, but it left much to be desired. The sound quality was outstanding, so if you are interested in sound more than picture you will be happy. And if you haven't listened to the commentary by Peter Berg and The Rock, I HIGHLY recommend it. You can tell they had an awesome time making the commentary. It's funny, insightful, and is the reason I gave the DVD extras section a 5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Rock and....Stifler?!?!

      Posted
      AJ85
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      When I first saw this movie, I didn't know how the pairing of the two main actors would go, but it was a perfect blend of action and comedy. This is one of Dwayne Johnson's earliest movies before he became a big ol' Hollywood superstar.... and in my opinion, it's one of his best. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

      Posted
      jbones

      I like The Rock, Sean William Scott is always good for a laugh, and who plays a better villain than Chritopher Walken? The movie was great as far as action and there were some hillarious moments. Sean William Scott plays the small scrawny nerd who is tracked down by The Rock, who is the complete opposite. Christopher Walken is his usual strange, creepy bad guy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious

      Posted
      hbaskin87
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      I can't tell you how many times I've watched this movie...I'm a fan of The Rock aka DJ anyway but he's a good actor as well. A lot of comical moments in this movie that have you laughing out loud and some good action scenes of course.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Dwayne Johnson

      Posted
      BuckyRen1381
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      Back when he was still billed as the Rock, he made this silly but enjoyable action movie. Points for Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Rock rocks.

      Posted
      YoJustin

      This is a great movie starring the Rock and Seann Williams Scott. Very action packed and lots of good comedy. The Rock is one of the best action stars of late. Highly recommed this one especially for this price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Low Cost Movie

      Posted
      alykatscratch
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      Loved being able to find this movie at a reasonable rate while most places are still charging twice as much, even though it's an older movie

      I would recommend this to a friend



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