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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) (Region 2) (Import)


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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, Elizabeth Berkley, Charlize Theron, Dan Aykroyd
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Import, PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UJIH8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,702 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD. Plays in English, some foreigh print on the cover. Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion is "a winner" raves ABC Radio. Someone stealing millions in jewels from New York City's upper crust and the only man who can crack the case is completely clueless! Woody Allen stars as a crackerjack investigator who falls under the spell of a crook and a beautiful colleague in his most baffling case yet. Feel the sting of the Jade Scorpion with an all-star cast, including Dan Aykroyd, Elizabeth Berkeley, Helen Hunt and Charlize Theron.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Aug 2005
Format: DVD
This film was slammed by most of the critics on it's release and i find it hard to see why.This is a great comedy with literally stacks of great one liners - so many in fact that you need a couple of viewings to take them all in.This is what Allen does best and that is write pure comedy with gags coming so thick and fast that even if a few miss the mark you are still left laughing at the great ones.
Allen & Helen Hunt both fall under the curse of the jade Scorpion whilst on an insurance firm's works evening out at a local magic show and that is the cue for the fast paced capers and one liners to keep you entertained.
The only downside is that Allen & Hunt make such an unlikely screen couple it stretches credability to say the least.
Otherwise though,an excellent film from the master and take no notice of the savage critical reviews of this film.
Accept the word of someone who has seen every Woody Allen film many times over.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Smith on 29 July 2005
Format: DVD
Curse of the Jade Scorpion is a joyous film, set just pre-WW2, it is delightful light comic piece. Woody Allen plays an insurance investigator who is hypnotised into stealing priceless jewels.
People are very scathing about Woody Allen's more recent films, but I think this one is great. It is funny, diverting, atmospheric, and has a great jazz soundtrack. If you want to spend an enjoyable evening watching a film I recommend it highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikie on 21 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
I realize I may have unusual taste (I love Robin William's "Popeye" and even HE hates it!). And I heard Woody Allen thinks this is his worst film. Well I am not really a fan of Woody Allen's movies, but I really enjoy this one. He is funny, not trying to be intellectual, the atmosphere is amazing, like a colour version of an old B and W movie, Helen Hunt and Charlize Theron are each lovely in their own way. It may not be TRULY great, but it is entertaining and worth watching. At the very least it's a good mystery story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
I'm with Peter, who says 'ignore the critics'. This is one of the few Allen movies I've yet to get around to buying. But I've seen and enjoyed it several times now. First of all it is beautifully filmed visually, capturing a very nostalgic fantasy vision of a kind of non-specific '30s era America; trilbys, trenchcoats, and sassy dames (Helen Hunt is great), but no hint of any Great Depression! Quite the contrary, this is Allen in straightforward feel-good mode.

The plot is zany, the look gorgeous, the romance predictable (but no less seductive and enjoyable for that), and the gags and one-liners flow with a relaxed fluency that puts the viewer (this one at any rate) at ease. Several Allen tropes, such as the frequently occuring use of hypnosis, and even a familiar face or two (Radio Days 'Masked Avenger' is one of Allen's insurance company buddies), add to the sense of comfortable continuity. There's a lot less angst and overt intellect than many Woody pics, but it's smart for all that, wearing its accomplishment lightly in its easy fluidity.

That the guy who made everything from Stardust Memories to Zelig could make something so in keeping with his whole oeuvre, and yet so light and easy, is all part of Woody's prolific and winning charm, to me. But I think I'll wait for the price to dip before I get my copy: I've accrued around 30 Allen movies so far, probably averaging around £5 a pop!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miland Joshi on 9 Jun 2007
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This offering from an older Woody Allen is set in the 1940s, about the adventures of an ageing insurance investigator and his clashes with with a new bright female executive in the company he works for. Not many film plots involve hypnosis, and this makes for an unusual and interesting story with romance thrown in. All in all, a most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. Highly recommended.
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Like his character Gill Pender in Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen has a vein of nostalgia running through his core which comes out to terrific effect in his period films. The Nineteen Twenties and Thirties are Allen's golden ages and they are presented once again in The Curse of The Jade Scorpion. The plot is a homage to early American talkies and involves detectives, robberies, magicians, hypnotism, wise cracks and as always with Allen's films, dames. The latter are exquisitely represented through the fantastic Helen Hunt as Allen/Briggs' nemesis and love interest, and the sumptuous Charlize Theron as the femme fatale and fantasy woman, which Allen often likes to include in his films. Add to this potent mixture the usual highly complimentary music score, and you have a film which is entertaining, beautifully shot and, if you are a Woody Allen fan, another example of why he is one of the best directors ever to get behind a camera (and pen a script and act as well)
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