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Taken (Two-Disc Extended Cut) [Blu-ray] (2008)

Liam Neeson , Famke Janssen , Pierre Morel  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries
  • Directors: Pierre Morel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,458 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GCUNYO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Taken (Two-Disc Extended Cut) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Widescreen Feature Film
  • Extended Cut seamlessly branched
  • Forced Trailers: Digital Copy Trailer, Wolverine, Street Fighter, 12 Rounds
  • Audio Commentary with Director Pierre Morel, Cinematographer Michel Abramowicz and Michel Julienne *to extended version
  • Audio Commentary with writer Robert Mark Kamen *to extended version
  • Black OPS Field Manual
  • Le Making Of
  • Avant Premiere
  • Inside Action: 6 Side by Side Comparisons
  • Trailer Farm: Notorious, Possession


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What could be a skillful but ordinary action flick gets a surprising emotional heft from the presence of Liam Neeson as the hero. Bryan Mills (Neeson) has given up his career as a spy to form a relationship with his estranged teenage daughter--but when, on a trip to Paris, she's kidnapped by slavers, Mills uses all his connections and skills to turn the city of lights upside down and rescue her. Like most of the movies that writer/producer Luc Besson has a hand in (such as La Femme Nikita, The Transporter, Unleashed, and many other French action movies), Taken drips with lurid violence (a bit toned-down to get a PG-13 rating, but there's still plenty of it), deranged sentimentality, and stereotypes of all kinds. But this doesn't stop his movies from being effective thrill-rides, and Taken is no exception. Taken pays just enough attention to the illusion of procedure--making it seem like Mills knows all the right steps to track down his daughter--that the movie cheerfully seduces your suspension of disbelief, despite many plot holes and scenes where Mills doesn't get scratched despite bullets flying in all directions or pretends to be a French policeman despite not speaking French or even adopting a French accent. What holds it all together is Neeson; his gravitas and emotional availability make his character--the usual action fantasy of impossible competence and righteous fury--somehow seem real and relatable. --Bret Fetzer

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Liam Neeson as an ex-government operative whose daughter is kidnapped while traveling in Paris. He has 4 days to find her, so he uses his special skills to get her back safe & kick-ass in getting revenge.

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665 of 686 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film - see the movie for its own sake May 15, 2009
By W. Wood
Format:DVD
When I was a soldier stationed in Germany in the 1970s there was a raid on a Turkish-owned bar on the outskirts of Frankfurt A/M. German Polizei and US CID (US Army Criminal Investigation Division) broke up a white slavery ring that had been operating out of the bar for some time. The bar was a way-point in the transportation route of young European girls (preferably blonde) who had been kidnapped throughout Europe and were being smuggled to be sold in the harems and brothels of the Middle and Far East. The police found some twenty girls in the basement of the bar, some from as far away as Denmark and the Netherlands, waiting to be shipped further down the pipeline.

The German police and Interpol had been watching the bar for some time and were hoping to trace the route farther down the track to take down the ringleaders. The white slavers made the mistake of kidnapping the daughter of a US Army colonel whom they thought was a German national. The Colonel learned about the investigation and refused to allow his daughter to be held by the white slavers and victimized so the police could gather intelligence. As it turned out, I learned later, the raid eventually did lead to the disruption of this particular ring because the guys busted talked.

So, when I learned what this film was about I went in with a certain amount of understanding of the subject matter. Let me say here that this film hits the nail on the head in presenting its subject matter and the way young women are victimized by ruthless animals only out to make a buck.
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151 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Besson you've done it again! May 18, 2009
By yenrab
Format:DVD
This is a review for the 2 disc version:
Taken blew me away. It's a tight, well written action flick. Luc Besson wrote and produced this and the character building of Bryan (Neeson) reminds me a lot of "The Cleaner" in Leon: The Professional, which was an earlier work of Besson's. The action reminds me of the Bourne series but more satisfying in a way than Bourne. The first 30 minutes is awkward. But a lot of what Besson writes is awkward, but charmingly awkward. The extended cut is the European cut. They decided the American audience couldn't handle some of the scenes. There is NO nudity in this film at all and none in the extended cut.

But what you get on the 2-disc version and not on the 1-disc is the following:
"The Making of 'Taken'" (18:22) - a featurette of the making of.
"Avant Premiere" (4:37) - video of the premier night in Paris
"Inside Action: Side by Side Comparisons" (11:05) - what it says
Plus, two tracks of commentary.
The second disc is nothing but the digital copy which is extremely annoying.

Is the 2-disc worth it? If you are a hardcore fan of Taken, then yes. If not, then buy the 1-disc cause that also has the extended cut. Buying the 2-disc is worth it for the commentary and 18 minute featurette.

Cons:
For me, the let down was the acting by Maggie Grace, but I'm not sure it's her fault. She is in real life a 25 year old woman and here she is unconvincingly playing a 17 year old teenager. I'm not saying she's a bad actor...she just doesn't pull off the age thing right. Her portrayal doesn't kill the film, and at times she nails it but at others it's just weird. They should have gotten an actress closer to 17 in real life. Even the ending was not realistic but I'm not sure it was Grace's fault.
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177 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let God sort 'em out... May 13, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is one of those great action movies where the hero isn't burdened by doubt, ineptitude, or guilt. He knows what he has to do and he does it coolly and ruthlessly! What he does is kill bad guys... Lots and lots of bad guys of all nationalities, races, and creeds who deserve what they get. Very efficient and ecumenical...

I lost count, but Liam Neeson must have killed about 50 bad guys in this one. And they keep on spawning so he has more to kill. I haven't seen one hero take on so many bad guys who keep on reproducing since Steven Segal made "Hard to Kill"...

The action is non-stop and the retribution is very satisfying. There is a lot of violence, but this is not an explicit blood and gore film. Just good old Hollywood movie violence that hits you at the gut level. "Taken" is a nice vicarious vigilante thrill for all the rest of us who must play by the rules. Liam Neeson does an excellent job! Highly recommended for action fans...
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103 of 115 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liam goes into action mode to rescue his daughter! April 3, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I was skeptical when I heard that this movie would be produced by Luc Besson (The Professional, La Femme Nikita), the go to man or the French Joel Silver of action movies since some of his films have been hit and miss. This turns out to be a hit (it's already grossed $143 million thus far) thanks to the casting of Liam Neesom (Schindler's List; Rob Roy). A physically imposing actor of great presence, Neesom brings this physicality to the role of an retired CIA man brought back into action when his daughter is kidnapped in Paris. What ensues is 97 minutes of breakneck action and Neesom is totally convincing in this role. It may lack the complexity of the Bourne series but if you like your action movies to be lean and mean--this is the flick to see!!
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Theatriclal vs. Extended Version?
The extended version shows Liam jabbing spikes into the bad guy's legs for the electrodes rather than just connecting the high voltage clips to his chair.
May 25, 2009 by AC500Driver |  See all 9 posts
Would not play at first- Even with Firmware update.
The "Taken" blu-ray disc will not play at all on either of my Sharp Aquos BD-HP21 players.
May 17, 2009 by Roger Bagley |  See all 8 posts
Amazon and Digital Copy
I wish they would tell us this as well!!! I also look for the digital copies and the only reason I saw this one had one at first was because it shows the back case, usually they do not...
Jul 11, 2010 by V. Reynolds |  See all 4 posts
Taken = Commando, only updated and done seriously
It doesn't need a remake Commando & Taken are solid action movies.
Aug 19, 2011 by J. Paul |  See all 2 posts
English version has no sound
Sounds like your receiver can't decode DTS sound. Just a guess, though.
Apr 6, 2010 by DeAd MiKe |  See all 2 posts
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