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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - Cradle of Life [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Chris Barrie, Ciarán Hinds, Noah Taylor
  • Directors: Jan de Bont
  • Writers: Dean Georgaris, James V. Hart, Steven E. de Souza
  • Producers: Holly Goline, Jeremy Heath-Smith, Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABE3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cr


Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life may be an improvement on its 2001 predecessor, but its appeal is mostly aimed at fans of the video games that inspired both movies. That pretty much leaves you with some fun but familiar action sequences, and the ever-alluring sight of Angelina Jolie (reprising her title role) as she swims, swings, kicks, shoots, flies, jet-skis, motorcycles, and free-falls her way toward saving the world, this time by making sure that a grimacing villain (Ciaran Hinds) doesn't open Pandora's Box (yes, the actual mythological object) and unleash a deadly plague that will "weed out" the global population. Exotic locations add to Jolie's own coolly erotic appeal, but we're left wondering if this franchise has anywhere else to go. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
As most of us know, Lara Croft is an adventurer and treasure hunter, the female equivalent of Indiana Jones. Angelina Joliet has the lead role. Dr Jonathan Price (played by Ciaran Hinds) is a murderous arms designer and dealer, who, assisted by a Chinese gang akin to the Triads, wants to get hold of the Cradle of Life (Pandora's Box), the world's ultimate weapon. A football sized golden globe is the map leading the way to Pandora's Box, which the Chinese gang snatch out of Lara's possession.
Lara, assisted by a retired Marine named Terry, played by Gerard Butler, goes on the hunt for the Chinese gang and the missing globe. The stunts are very impressive, easily on a par with a Bond movie. However, the CGI is less effective, for instance, a computer generated shark in the early scenes is woefully unrealistic, almost (but not quite) on a par with the rubber shark in the original Batman movie from the 1960's.
A scene where Terry and Lara jump off a skyscraper, using body shaped chutes, is also done with CGI, and is equally unrealistic. It would have been much better to use stuntmen jumping off the skyscraper (think of the bungee jump stunt at the start of Goldeneye, and imagine that done with CGI, it would have been rubbish).
In any event, Angelina, and notwithstanding her undoubted femininity and beauty, makes for a very convincing and tough Lara Croft, both in terms of the scenes requiring athletic prowess, and the scenes of physical combat with the Chinese villains. Lara manages to retrieve the golden globe, and works out how to use the map to find Pandora's Box.
It's all a bit hokum and bunkem, but then what do you expect from a fun family adventure film like this, it's not meant to be too clever, or too sexy, or too violent, or to hold up to any logical analysis.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By muttmummy on 23 April 2004
Format: DVD
I'm not ashamed to admit I am a Lara fan: I've loved the games since theyfirst came out and trembled with excitement when the movies hit ourscreens. Sad? Probably. But jolly good fun though.
Tomb Raider 1 wasa let down - I conceede to that. It was a thin plot with little actionand it failed to reflect the integrity and depth of the Tomb Raidergames.
I actually prefer this sequel which runs at over 2 hours. It's moreaction packed, has a much more interesting and complex storyline and Jolieis more impressive as Croft second time round. The story moves along at acracking pace and the set pieces are far superior to the firstmovie.
Okay, so I did chuckle a bit when Lara punched the (ratherpoorly CGI'd )shark underwater, but that was the only low point and I wasprepared to overlook that in light of the rest of the movie which waspretty cool.
No, it has nothing at all to do with Gerard Butler being in it - how couldyou even suggest that!?
Seriously though, this is a good movie to just sit back and be entertainedby. It's undemanding escapism and quite simply 2 hours of thigh slappingfun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erika Borsos on 14 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
Lara Croft is seeking Alexander the Great's temple in the Meditarranean ... she had researched it contains the "secret" to Pandora's box. She discovers the temple but so does the Chinese mafia, who are directly behind her. They, too, are searching for the same thing. Lara narrowly escapes with her life as the rumblings of an underground earthquake destroy the temple. However, just before the destruction is complete, she climbs to the top of Alexander's statue and snags a large reflective jewel. Th Chinese give her a life-and-death defying under water chase ... during which, one of the Chinese divers grabs the "jewel" from her clutch. The photography is stupendous. The story line is clean-cut and flawless ... the plot is set for the next challenge. The viewer is taken on a world-wide adventure tour, from Europe and the Meditarranean to Asia, Hong Kong and mainland China, and finally, Africa ... where the secret is hidden.
After Lara's narrow escape she researches "Pandora's box" and the mechanism of the "jewel". She theorizes how it functions. She is obsessed with regaining the jewel and discovering its "secret". This goal leads her to rescue a long-time romantic interest, a Scotsman, from a jail located somewhere in Afghanistan or a nearby region. He has the necessary skills to infiltrate China. The viewer is sitting on the edge of his/her seat as Lara and the Scotsman perform aerial fetes, acrobatic and combative skills against enemies in Hong Kong, to where they trace the jewel. Some of the most beautiful and breath-taking scenery is filmed in China: a motorcycle ride on the Great Wall of China, valleys and mountains, and the side of a cliff where a Buddhist temple is located ...
The third section of this movie ends in Africa ...
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life didn't match the box office success of the original Tomb Raider, but it is easily a much better film. Basically, Cradle of Life is just a lot more fun than the first movie. Since the audience doesn't have to be told exactly who Lara Croft is, director Jan de Bont can get right into the action immediately with a classic Lara Croft entrance. Once the foot is on the pedal, there's no letting up on the gas until the very end, as this film is just packed with incredible action, one exotic locale after another, and - most importantly - Angela Jolie. Sure, the premise of the story (a real life Pandora's Box that contains the deadliest weapon known to man) is a little less than believable, but this is an action movie, not a PBS documentary. There's also a surprising amount of depth to the character of Lara Croft in this movie, and that only adds to the film's strengths.
An earthquake off the coast of Greece leads Lara to the long-lost Lunar Temple of Alexander the Great and an artifact that points the way to Pandora's Box - which is suddenly something quite more than the stuff of mythology. Ancient armies had been decimated by the mysteriously evil powers lurking within Pandora's Box, and it must be found before it falls into the wrong hands of the impeccably nasty Jonathan Reiss (Ciaran Hinds), who plans to sell its secrets to as many terrorists as he can. Unfortunately, the all-important clue falls into the hands of a notorious Chinese gang, and Lara - for once - needs help finding the club's secret hideout. She asks for and gets Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler), a man who betrayed his country as well as Lara herself. The dynamic duo make a most memorable entry into China, where more elaborate action scenes quickly ensue.
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