While we don't know the production budget on the third movie, it's worldwide gross of $US101 million would have certainly seen another profitable result. The movie has just been released on Blu-Ray and we were keen to have a look having missed this one at cinemas.
Again, Frank Martin (Jason Statham), has returned behind the wheel to deliver the goods. Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukrainian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.
In terms of plot, this movie is functional, nothing we haven't seen many times before. The action and car chases are the stars of the show here and indeed there is quite a bit of hand-to-hand combat while the car chases are very entertaining as well. The fight sequences are well choreographed although there is a little too much quick cutting for our liking, but Jason Statham certainly looks the part.
Encoded at 2.35:1 using the AVC MPEG-4 codec this is a stellar presentation. With a bitrate the constantly hovers above the 30Mbps mark. The colours are natural, detail superb, and the movie has a wonderful, sharp, look about it. With so many fast action and driving sequences there was always possibility for disappointments, but you won't find any here. This really is a superb transfer with only the smallest amount of black crush.
Unlike the American Lionsgate release of this movie we don't have a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track, but rather a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track. Don't be too disappointed as this is still a cracking audio track with aggressive use of surround sound channels and sub woofer. Dialogue is clear throughout even during the wonderful car chase sequences with engines running and tyres squealing. Music is well done in the movie with some lively beats when required and includes beats from Busta Rhymes, Eve, The Stooges and Tricky to name a few.
The only other audio track on this is a Linear PCM 2.0 Stereo track encoded at 1.5Mbps. It's actually quite, no make that very, impressive and I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more impressive track on another disc. One subtitle track is provided too - English for the Hard of Hearing. Some of the dialogue is altered to reduce the text, but there is no major impact on the film in terms of missing story.
There are a few extras on this disc, but sadly most are only presented in standard definition and very short. Certainly the highlight is the audio commentary (which can be found under Audio Setup rather then Special Features).
Audio Commentary with Director Olivier Megaton: While Olivier's accent makes it hard going at times this a quite informative audio commentary. Impressively this track is also encoded using Linear PCM audio at 1.5Mbps.
The Making of Transporter 3 (16:11): Pretty much your standard "Making of" documentary although there is some rehearsal and on-set footage as well as interviews with the director and star of the movie.
Storyboard/Feature Comparisons with Director Commentary (2:45): A very brief look at some of the storyboarding used in the train sequence including scenes that didn't make the final movie.
Sets/Production Design with Director Commentary (2:08): A quick look at the set design used in the movie.
Car Stunts with Director Commentary (3:09): This is probably the most disappointing extra due to the lack of detail given the focus of the movie.
Review By: Dave Warner