From Paris with Love
James Reece works as an assistant to the US Ambassador in France but also helps out whenever the CIA needs someone to switch some plates when spies come through the country for some undercover job. He’s anxious to become a real special agent and when he finally gets a call that he’s getting his shot by partnering up with an agent called Charlie Wax, he couldn’t be happier. He quickly finds out that Wax is a loose cannon but if he wants to get promoted, he’s got no choice than to sit out the ride as Wax rages through Paris, kicking ass everywhere he comes.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality is decent and this blu-ray shows the movie as the director intended. However, it isn’t demo material. The filters used give skintones a yellowish effect while facial details and textures never really pop out. Also there’s quite a bit of haziness during pumped up action scenes which results in lesser fine detail.
The soundtrack comes with a 5.1 DTS-HD track which does its job nicely but one can wonder why we don’t get the 7.1 track that the US version has. Still, nothing to really worry about as bullets are flying around your head, the subwoofer gets its piece of the action and overall the sound is pretty solid.
From Paris with Love is another take at the spy buddy action movie with this time Travolta and Rhys Meyers in the lead. The storyline is pretty standard with a simple job becoming a major conspiracy as happens all too often in this type of movies but the movie doesn’t suffer too much from that thanks to the excellent work of Travolta who goes all-out crazy again.
Travolta going crazy without hair, Besson and Morel doing their action shooting with cool fight scenes and great car chases, … it’s like Die Hard with a Vengeance in Paris. And it’s fun! And that’s exactly what we expect from a movie like this one.
The Blu-ray comes with decent – but not spectacular – image and sound and we’re guessing E1 Entertainment prefers low price over quality as we don’t get any of the extras nor the 7.1 sound from the US version. The general public will probably agree with that decision.