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Around the World in 80 Days [DVD] [2004]


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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile De France, Jim Broadbent, Ian McNeice
  • Format: Dolby, Digital Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English, German, Hindi, Turkish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00061J1US
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Playful retelling of Jules Verne's classic novel, starring Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan. Chan plays Passepartout, valet to the neurotic, time-obsessed English inventor, Phileas Fogg (Coogan), who has made a wager with fellow members at his London gentleman's club that he can traverse the globe in only 80 days using as many kinds of transportation as possible (from boats and trains to hot-air balloons and elephants). Unfortunately, the London police have mistakenly identified Fogg as the perpetrator of a bank robbery that took place just before he left the country, and a relentless detective is in hot pursuit of the unlikely pair. To complicate matters further, Passepartout is not what he seems: he is in fact notorious Chinese thief Lau Xing, and has entered Fogg's employ for the prinicipal purpose of lying low after stealing a priceless jade Buddha...

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The 2004 version of Around the World in 80 Days is an entertaining hodge-podge of adventure, comedy, and scenery from across the globe. Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan, 24 Hour Party People), an obsessively precise inventor, bets that he can circumnavigate the planet in 80 days--considered impossible in the Victorian era. In this version, Jackie Chan plays a Chinese peasant who retrieves a stolen idol from the Bank of England, then convinces Fogg to hire him as a French valet so that Chan can get back to his village. Chan supplies numerous spectacular fights against the forces trying to stop Fogg or get the idol, while Coogan is both funny and a surprisingly appealing romantic lead (he flirts with a fetching French painter who joins them). The various episodes--featuring cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Cleese, Owen Wilson, and Sammo Hung--are uneven, but a goofy good cheer prevails. --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 2 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
Lau Xing (played by Jackie Chan) is on the run from the London police, and he finds a hiding place in the home of Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan), an eccentric inventor whom he quickly convinces that he's French! When Fogg accepts a challenge to prove that he can indeed go around the world in 80 days, he packs up Lau Xing and sets out. But, there's schemes afoot, and schemes within schemes. Can Fogg and Lau Xing make it back to England within the 80 days? Overcoming many villains and obstacles, there's nothing that can stop them!
OK, I must admit that I can easily see why this is such a controversial movie. The makers of this movie took the original Jules Verne story, and turned it every which way but loose! With wacky inventions, karate fight scenes, humorous chases, and goofy humor, this is not a movie to be taken seriously. Indeed, if you start out watching this movie by suspending your disbelief far away, you will come to enjoy its crazy, off-beat humor.
My children, who are not fans of serious drama, loved this movie, as did I. It's a good, family-friendly movie that you can watch when you want to unwind and shift your brain into neutral. My family and I highly recommend this movie to you and your family!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Oct 2006
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Ever seen one of those films you really wanted to like but just wouldn't let you?

Firstly, to ward off the common criticism of people who didn't like this film, I hold no special brief for expecting a faithful version of Verne's novel. In fact, the idea of adding Chan to the mix seemed a perfectly workable one. It's the end result that's the problem - too patronising for kids, too infantile for grownups.

Chan's a man famous for suffering for his art, but the pain in Around the World in 80 Days is all on the audience's side. It's rare to come across a $100m+ budgeted film that has virtually nothing going for it, but this appalling misfire comes very, very close. The reworked premise should have offered a workable framework, but in the hands of hack writers and an inept director more at home with Adam Sandler films, the result is just painful to watch - it has the look and feel of something a kid late with his homework assignment knocked off on the bus on the way to school. Not only that, but they barely even travel the world - aside from a couple of days shooting in Paris and a few days in Thailand doubling very unconvincingly for China, the film never leaves the backlot at Babelsburg. They don't even fall back on stock footage much, choosing to link the lame episodes by computer graphics that look like the kind of cheap Christmas decorations you get in dollar shops and which burn the house down if you leave them on too long.

Jackie Chan is wasted as usual by ignorant producers who seem too surprised that he's actually a physical comedian rather than a martial artist (no excrement, Sherlock!) to actually know what to do with him, but fares better than his costars, albeit largely by default.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Perry on 19 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
The good news about this film is that it stars the always hilarious Jackie Chan and is quite funny. The bad news is that it was done by Disney.

Disney has alway treated its sources arrogantly and callously, acting as if could `do better' than a writer beloved by generations of kids. J. R. R. Tolkien noticed that in the 1930s, and shuddered at the thought that his tales might get their treatment. More recently, Disney abused Prince Caspian, by Tolkien's friend C. S. Lewis, remaking it into something they thought would do better with kids, resulting in mediocre performance at the box office and an agreement between them and Walden Media, that Disney would play no role in subsequent Narnia films. Good riddance.

In this case, Disney's victim is Jules Verne and his 1873 classic, Around the World in Eighty Days. The original is so heavily altered for the worst, that almost the only parallel to the original is the fact that both involve someone circling the world of the late 1800s in 80 days. Disney should have had enough integrity not to steal Verne's title and prestige for their own tale.

Even the essence has been altered by the too-clever-by-half twits at Disney. Verne loved science and pioneered science fiction as new form of literature. Almost all the scientists in this Disney perversion are corrupt, blundering or stupid. That and a plot that isn't good for children, reflecting too much of what passes for `values' in Hollywood, makes this a film parents might want to take a pass on.

--Michael W. Perry, Stories for Girls: Lovingly Adapted for Twenty-First Century Children
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I picked up this film expecting a modern adaptation of around the world in 80 days, not by favourite verne novel, but not exactly a bad example either, and instead I am confronted with Jackie Chan running around London being chased by the police, Jackie Chan running around paris being chased by the police and a gang of asian thugs, Jackie Chan getting chased around bengal by police and asian thugs, jackie Chan beating up asian thugs in Asia, jackie Chan beating up asian thugs in various other locations. And then I realised, the film exists not as an adaptation of Vernes' novel, but solely for the purpose of beating up asain people all over the world, with a few cartoon travel shots, cheap fake looking sets and pointless cameos. And the action isn't even that good.
What a waste of time.
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