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4K Ultra HD Review: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2-Movie Collection

June 15, 2021

By John Corrado

On June 1st, Paramount reissued the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its 2003 sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life on 4K Ultra HD, together for the first time in a new 2-movie collection.

Starring Angelina Jolie in the title role and adapted from the video game of the same name, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was released in theatres on June 15th, 2001 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.

Serving as a star vehicle for Jolie, who already won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar by that point for Girl, Interrupted in 1999, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was a decent-sized hit at the summer box office. The film also notably features a young, pre-Bond Daniel Craig with a suspect American accent.

The first film finds adventurer Lara Croft tracking down an ancient, time-altering artifact known as The Triangle of Light and facing off against the Illuminati, while the second one puts her on a globe-trotting adventure to find Pandora’s Box before it falls into the hands of a mad scientist (Ciarán Hinds) who plans to release a lab-made bioweapon. While it feels a little dated, and certainly is cheesy, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider does have some fun set-pieces and is still kinda entertaining in a brainless, early-2000s action flick sort of way. The film also doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is a plus.

The sequel, which was slightly better received by some, pretty much offers more of the same in terms of mildly entertaining set-pieces, only it’s a little longer and bigger in scope, and adds Gerard Butler to its cast. Neither of them have exactly earned the distinction of being called classics, per se, but they aren’t unwatchable, either, and still do their jobs well enough as mindless adventure movies. This 2-movie collection offers a convenient way for fans to get both of them in 4K, though the lack of bonuses aside from commentary tracks will be a turnoff for some.

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

The films were previously released on 4K in 2018. While this release lacks many of the bonus features found on those editions, as well as on the newly remastered standalone Blu-ray edition of the first film that was also put out for the 20th anniversary this month, the original director commentary tracks have been ported over. The two discs come packaged on either side of a standard black 4K case, and codes for digital copies of both films are also included.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Commentary by Director Simon West

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life

Commentary by Director Jan de Bont

Lara Croft 2-Movie Collection is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is 100 minutes and rated PG, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is 117 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: June 1st, 2021

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