The Making Of From Paris with Love takes the best part of half an hour to look at the production as a whole, with plenty of behind the scenes footage, interview snippets from the cast and crew and clips from the final film thrown into the mix. It isn’t particularly substantial, but it is better than your average EPK Featurettes.
The Spies, Spooks and Special Ops: Life Under Cover Featurettes offers up 16 minutes of interview clips from real-life CIA spies (obviously retired) and historians, who discuss the nature of espionage as if promoting this kind of line of work for recruitment purposes. Secrets of Spy Craft: Inside the International Spy Museum is a 5 minute Featurette promoting the museum itself by means of a virtual tour.
Charlie Wax's Gun Locker is a silly little extra which will provide a fair amount of fun for the right kind of viewer, allowing you to select one of the various different weapons he uses in the movie and get a bit of background technical detail, as well as the relevant clip from the movie where he uses it. We also get a Friend or Foe Trivia Game which actually plays across the movie, asking you nearly a hundred questions along the way. Finally there is a Theatrical Trailer for the main feature.
From Paris with Love, if taken with a huge chunk of salt, is a fun brainless action romp. Thoroughly silly, with an almost incomprehensible plot and some typically trite dialogue from the now massively formulaic Luc Besson, the only really surprising facet of this generic action instalment is that they didn’t make the characters particularly likeable. Still, Travolta manages to just about shine through, despite playing an extremely abrasive and overly flamboyant (even by his standards) stereotypical rogue maverick anti-hero. And the action is so relentless that eventually you simply have to submit and accept the fun of it all.
On Region A-locked Blu-ray we get decent video and fantastic audio, as well as a few limited extras, making this a reasonably worthy package for fans to pick up. Newcomers who expect this to be another Taken will be disappointed, but if you go into this with lower expectations, you may find enough fun to be had for the duration. Rent first to test the waters.
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