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Introduction
It's been five years since Jackie Chan made his Hollywood debut in the blockbuster movie, Rush Hour. The film was tipped to make a star out of the actor, but since then his career hasn't really spiralled as much as predicted. He hasn't done badly by any stretch of the imagination, but I can't say that I personally rate any of his movies since Rush Hour. The 2002 release of The Tuxedo divided many of his fans who thought that the star should keep to what he does best, making pure martial arts movies. Even the inclusion of Jennifer Love Hewitt couldn’t stop the movie from performing poorly at the box office, however with the release of the DVD things are predicted to get better.

Tuxedo, The
Movie
Jimmy Tong (Jackie Chan) is a love-stricken taxi cab driver, who prides himself on the fact that he can get passengers across the city in record time. However, this talent has meant that he has been fined and banned from behind the wheel on many occasions. You may have noticed that the previous sentence had a reference to Jimmy being love-stricken and that is because when he is not transporting passengers around, he can often be found ogling his ‘dream’ woman who works in the local art gallery. The problem is that Jimmy lacks confidence and each time he meets the lady he suddenly becomes tongue-tied and makes a fool of himself.

Jimmy’s meaningless life takes a turn for the better when he finds a mysterious passenger (Debi Mazar) in the back of his cab. She seems to know about his past, and demands that Jimmy drives her to a location at the opposite side of town in record time. Taking the challenge seriously Jimmy rags his cab around the city streets (and ally ways) and reaches the destination with seconds to spare. His manoeuvres obviously impress the passenger and Jimmy is offered the job of a chauffeur to Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs). Devlin is a secret agent for the CSA, and possesses several attributes which Jimmy is envious of. Devlin is a big hit with the women, has a sophisticated manner and is well liked by everyone.  

After the attempted assassination of Devlin, Jimmy vows to track down the culprits, and his investigation gains the full cooperation of his boss, who gives Jimmy his tuxedo. This may sound like a barmy premise, but the tuxedo (tactical uniform experiment) is a government gadget, which gives its wearer various different powers, ranging from fancy dance moves to the ability to run like Forrest Gump! Jimmy teams up with CSA agent Del Blaine (Jennifer Love-Hewitt), a scientist who is determined to make a good impression, who also happens to think that she is still working with Clark Devlin.

Tuxedo, The
I found this movie hard to review for the simple reason that I am a Jackie Chan fan, and this is not like any movie he has done before. I would class The Tuxedo as a comedy, and for that reason alone Jackie is called upon to do fewer stunts then he is probably used to. Lots of the stunts appeared to use wires, which goes against the ‘golden rules’ of one of Jackie’s movies, and the fact that he looked visibly older in this film than ever before may have something to do with him taking a less frantic role this time. As far as action is concerned, The Tuxedo is probably his weakest American movie to date, but I have to admit to finding the film amusing at times. There are comical moments scattered throughout, however you do need your silly hat firmly on to thoroughly enjoy it. Jennifer Love Hewitt breezes through the movie playing another role which requires her to look beautiful, wear revealing outfits and do little acting! Saying that, she does get to perform a few high kicks and generally looks the part.

The Tuxedo is the directorial debut of Kevin Donovan, who does a good job of keeping the movie fun. He blends comedy and action successfully so that fans of each genre will find something for them. If you are looking for a daft, but highly entertaining film to pass a few hours then The Tuxedo would fill the space perfectly.      

Video
Dreamworks have produced another transfer of great finesse, which just falls short of being a classic. The Tuxedo is brought to DVD in its theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is anamorphically enhanced. Region one fans had the option of a full screen or widescreen release, but fortunately only the widescreen is available on region two.

The image is in pristine condition and shows very few signs of defects. Colours are vivid and true, with the night time scenes also withstanding the test well. Flesh tones appeared true, while black levels were solid, however there were the occasional signs of grain during some of the darker scenes. Edge enhancements were not noticeable, and compression artifacts also kept a low profile. Overall this is a very respectable effort by Dreamworks.  

Tuxedo, The
Audio
Sadly there is only the one soundtrack with this release, which is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 effort. The region one disc also contained a DTS track, so it is a shame that it did not make it onto this disc. However, the track that is provided does a efficient, if not outstanding job. The dialogue levels are clear throughout, with Jackie's accent being clearly portrayed. The rear speakers were not used as much as I woud have liked and only during a few of the explosions do the rear speakers really get used to their potential. Subwoofer action was also limited and overall this is an adequate, but unresounding attempt. There are eight subtitles provided, the menus are fully animated, and include clips from the movie.

Extras
The first section on this disc is called The Cutting Room Floor and houses three types of extras. The first extras you can find in this section are the Deleted scenes. There are nine deleted scenes to watch which vary in length and their positioning within the movie. My personal favourite is called ‘Sex Machine’ which features  James Brown and Jackie singing together. All of the deleted scenes can be watched individually and are in good condition. Next up in this section are the Extended Scenes, of which there are three. These scenes are not as interesting as the deleted scenes and only add a few moments onto the original scenes. The final extra in this section is called Outtakes and Bloopers and is an extensions of the bloopers that are shown during the end credits. This extra lasts for seven minutes and mainly consists of Jennifer Love Hewitt messing up her lines, and then giggling. There are some amusing moments, but compared to previous Jackie Chan movies which have hilarious outtakes, the ones here are to some extent average. However, saying that I would probably recommend spending the time watching the outtakes as they at least provide some amusing moments.  

Next up is a 'making of' documentary called 'Tailor Made For Jackie Chan', which lasts for just over thirteen minutes. The documentary starts with the cast offering the usual explanations of the story and their characters. Some documentaries give too much of the story away and unfortunately this is one of them! Too many clips are shown from the movie, so I would strongly advise that you watch the main attraction first. One thing that is obvious from the documentary is how much fun the cast had filming it. It is clearly evident from this documentary that Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt got on well. Probably the most interesting aspect of this documentary is the footage from Jennifer Love Hewitt's training sessions, which shows her preparing for the movie. The footage was shot a few months before the movie was made, and shows the star performing all sorts of kicks and stunts.

Tuxedo, The
The final extra on this disc is the Theatrical Trailer that shows a fair bit of the action, but actually does a good job of promoting the movie. This trailer is a pretty standard affair, and lasts for just over two minutes.

Overall
It is hard to criticise The Tuxedo too severely; its fair to say that it is not a classic but for sheer entertainment value it cannot be faulted. Jackie Chan may not be the spring chicken he was, but there are very few people who could have carried out his role with such panache. A reasonable movie is backed up with an equally sufficient DVD. Visually the disc is impressive, the audio track is passable and the extras are best described as reliable!


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