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Great action comedy with a Gallic twist, poor DVD
on 30 July 2013
As films go, Taxi might be no more than a bit of fluff, but its infectious energy makes for a compelling 86 minutes. The plot is paper-thin - ageing pizza delivery boy Daniel reinvents himself as a taxi driver with a somewhat relaxed approach to the Highway Code, and teams up with bumbling cop Emilien to defeat a gang of German bank robbers. Luc Besson penned the script - you get the impression he did it as a bit of light relief between his more serious projects - and his sheer love and enthusiasm for the cinematic art comes across in every frame. Hollywood might churn out action comedies on a production line, but there aren't many that are as fun and as satisfying as this. DVD transfers of foreign-language movies are always a bit hit-and-miss, depending on the studio, and this one sadly is a miss - non-anamorphic widescreen with burned-in subtitles. Fortunately Taxi has now made it to blu-ray in France - the disc is import-friendly, region-free with English subtitles and DTS-MA audio, so this is the one to go for if you have an HD setup. The only other option is the R3 DVD release, anamorphic NTSC with player-generated subtitles but with a minor cut for nudity.