Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders

Director: Martin Campbell Cast: Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen, Teri Polo

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Beyond Borders is the type of vanity piece that is quickly forgotten by an audience. Regardless, if you can get past the obvious message and melodrama, this is a decent film that is worth watching. Better than the movie though, is this DVD. To start things off are a fine assortment of extra features. To begin with, there is a scene-specific commentary track from director Martin Campbell and producer Lloyd Phillips. Both, especially Campbell, furnish plenty of observations and are often quite candid about the production. Split into two segments, for seemingly unknown reasons, are featurettes entitled "Behind the Lines." Each of them is about 18 minutes long and discusses the making of the film, with numerous cast and crew interviews. Fairly standard material, but insightful to a degree. Briefer is a featurette called "The Writing of Beyond Borders: A Conversation with Screenwriter Caspian Tredwell-Owen," in which the author discusses his creation and involvement. To cap off the supplements, there is a segment called "Angelina: Goodwill Ambassador," in which Jolie expresses her sincere feelings about the association and the work she does with the UN, and trailers for The Perfect Score, Tupac: Resurrection, Paycheck, and Timeline. While that is all good, the picture and sound only add to this DVD. The 2.35:1 image, enhanced for widescreen televisions, is top-notch and not likely to disappoint. Not surprisingly, there is a severely cropped pan-and-scan version available separately. The varying visual style of Campbell (based on the ever-changing location) is captured well on the digital medium. Colors are suitably represented, though at times the blacks tend to fade and aren't as solid as would be expected. Also nice is the 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack. Forceful when it needs to be, the dialogue isn't distorted or drowned out, but comes across naturally. Surrounds, especially in the front speakers, are used limitedly, but with just the right effect. Beyond Borders seems tailor-made for its star, and while that may annoy some viewers, others may simply go along with the ride. This disc is a fine vehicle for those that want to give it a try.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
UPC: 0097363399247
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:06:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Martin Campbell and producer Lloyd Phillips; "Behind the Lines: The Making of Beyond Borders, Part 1"; "Behind the Lines: The Making of Beyond Borders, Part 2"; "The Writing of Beyond Borders: A Conversation With Screenwriter Caspian Tredwell-Owen"; "Angelina: Goodwill Ambassador"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angelina Jolie Sarah Jordan
Clive Owen Nick Callahan
Teri Polo Charlotte Jordan
Linus Roache Henry Bauford
Yorick Van Wageningen Jan Steiger
Noah Emmerich Elliot Hauser
Kate Ashfield Kat
Jamie Bartlett Joss
Timothy West Lawrence Bauford
Kate Trotter Mrs. Bauford
Burt Kwouk Colonel Gao
Tumisho K. Masha Hamadi
Nambitha Mpumlwana Tula
Andrew French Meles
Doan Jaroen-Ngarm Mackenzie Tao
John Matshikiza Dawit Ningpopo
Elizabeth Whitmere Beatrice

Technical Credits
Martin Campbell Director
Nicholas Beauman Editor
Penchan Buranasamut Set Decoration/Design
Kathleen Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Pam Dixon Casting
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Dan Halsted Producer
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson Art Director
James Horner Score Composer
J. Geyer Kosinski Executive Producer
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Celine Lampron Set Decoration/Design
Amy Reid Lescoe Associate Producer
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Pare Art Director
Philip A. Patterson Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Lloyd Phillips Producer
Hamish Purdy Set Decoration/Design
Kuladee Suchatanian Art Director
Caspian Tredwell-Owen Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. London 1984
2. This Is Jojo
3. Cigarettes at Dawn
4. Famine Relief
5. Too Weak to Survive
6. It Takes a While
7. We Need Steiger
8. He Was My Friend
9. I'll See It Through
10. Phnom Penh, Cambodia
11. Heart of Darkness
12. Make Amends Now
13. In My Heart
14. Without Certainty
15. People Disappear Here
16. Looking for Nick
17. Life for Love
18. Titles

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Beyond Borders 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is specially recommended for Americans and people in other developed countries. This movie shows what the news media does not cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very captivating, even from the beginning. I had rented this movie & it was due back in a week. I had no idea that I'd want to watch it more than once. I ended up watching it about 8 times. The love story was amazing but even more than that it compelled me to do more with my life. I know that sound crazy to get all that from one movie, but it's true. Each time I watched it I cried but it was good soul cleansing type of cry. This is a movie that will move you to do more about your ideas to help make this world a better place, no matter how small or large your contribution may be. After watching this movie you will feel like everyone CAN make a difference. Please recommend this movie to everyone you know. Be sure to watch all of the special features & directors comments as you will find out that this movie did actually change peoples lifes for the better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good movie, although a bit slow at moments. If you don't mind to tear up a bit during the movie - it is for you. A bit depressing too. Not for re-watching it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is extremely motivational. I was deeply moved by the message sent in this film.
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