- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 4 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 7, 2004
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- 3-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
NEVER DIE ALONE: Longtime Spike Lee cinematographer Ernest Dickerson (JUICE) directs this violent gangster film with oodles of style, using contrasting films stocks, odd camera angles, and multiple narratives. Adapted from the novel by African American pulp novelist Donald Goines, NEVER DIE ALONE tells the story of King David (DMX) a big time old-school street thug who is murdered shortly after returning from jail on a quest for redemption. After his death, an aspiring novelist (David Arquette) comes into possession of a series of tapes King David recorded, telling the story of his life which is then relayed in a series of brutal flashbacks (involving pimping, drug dealing, and murder). Meanwhile we also learn what led to the actions of Mike (Michael Ealy), King David's assassin. Fast moving and pulling none of its hard-to-the-gut punches, the film is steeped in rich shadows and contains a pervasive sense of karmic fatalism that links it with the classic film noir of the 1940s and 50s. Performances are generally strong with Ealy a standout and rap star DMX (in his second starring role after the action hit CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE) earning full acting props for his ability to make the larger-than-life character of King David simultaneously savage, sympathetic, and--most importantly--believable. He also contributes to the rich soundtrack which also includes such diverse artists as Curtis Mayfield, Bilal, Lil Scrappy and Vivaldi.
THE TRANSPORTER: Jason Statham stars in this fast-paced and very loud thriller that was written specifically for him by French filmmaker Luc Besson. Statham (SNATCH) plays Frank Martin, a former Special Forces operative who is now a high-priced courier paid a lot of money to deliver packages he would rather know nothing about. His creed: Never change the deal, use no names, and never look in the package. But when he finds out that his latest delivery is a beautiful young woman (Shu Qi), everything changes, and he is off on a wild chase, in his specially made BMW, that includes plenty of explosions, bare-knuckle fighting, cool weaponry, and tongue-in-cheek humor. Hong Kong director Corey Yuen, who has previously worked with Jet Li, lets the action tell the story as Frank battles the bad guys in the streets of France. The score is by renowned jazz great Stanley Clarke.
KISS OF THE DRAGON:The writers of THE FIFTH ELEMENT, Luc Besson (who also directed the Bruce Willis film) and Robert Mark Kamen, have teamed up again to deliver Jet Li in the action thriller KISS OF THE DRAGON. Li stars as Liu Jiuan, a Chinese agent so dedicated to his job that he has no friends, no family, no dreams. He is sent to Paris to help the French police capture a Chinese gangster, but France's top cop, Jeanne-Pierre Richard (Tcheky Karyo), has set Liu up to take the fall for a brutal killing he himself carried out. On the run in a strange city, Liu keeps a low profile until he unwillingly becomes friends with an American hooker, Jessica (Bridget Fonda)--who just happens to hold the key to his innocence. But Richard is always one step ahead of them--he has Jessica's daughter.