A Better Tomorrow II
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The two stars keeping this movie from getting a five star rating was due to the quality of the DVD. Although the packaging of the DVD was nice, the booklet inside was merely an advertisement and had no information for this movie. To my disappointment there was NO EXTRA FOOTAGE or BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE as advertised and it left me feeling ripped off. The DVD just merely contained actor's and director's files which looked like it was taken directly from the IMDB ([...] The subtitles were poorly translated with constant grammatical, spelling and timing errors, which made most the dialogue confusing. The colors were muted and in some of the dark scenes, what was supposed to be black turned a bright blue - yuck!. The only real difference between the DVD and the VHS version was the remastered Dolby Digital sound and widescreen letterboxed aspect ratio (1.85:1).
The only reason that I didn't return this version of the DVD is that the only other version is on VHS and it's $13 more than the DVD. So if you are planning on purchasing this, I'd wait, there are plans for a superior version to be released in the fall.
Overall watchable B gangster movie but is no comparison with the original A Better Tomorrow, a mythic melodrama masterpiece.
But where this film good-naturedly flubs on logic, it makes up for in spectacle and just pure entertainment. Chow Yun-fat must have had a ball filming this, with his extended English monologue, almost godlike action choreography, and a mischievous character which taps into one of his most effective traits as an actor, a goofball sense of fun which makes his romantic moments all the more engrossing. Ti Lung's character is somewhat passive this time though the actor does a good job. Dean Shek's over-the-top portrayal of a mind unhinged isn't for all tastes, but his performance in the not-crazy scenes is tip-top, and Leslie Cheung had grown greatly as an actor since the first film.
In the end, this film is about an exaggerated staging of the trademark gunfights of A Better Tomorrow, and this sequel delivers on that front in grand style. Once again Chow Yun-fat steals the whole show, dominating both key action sequences (the final demolition of the house and the New York battle against over-the-top slimy mafiosi).
The DVD transfer of this film is not all that great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Blu Ray Review: Kam & Ronson version. Another good release by this company. It appears the results are always the same with all their Blu-Rays. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SLAVE
Great action and great story, as well as a clever way to bring Chow back for the sequel. Great Ending too!Published 20 months ago by Zachary Tate
The picture they used was for the american english dub release. What was shipped was a chinese DVD with loads of subtitles for all the various asian markets. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by vasecthomas
I love Chow Yun Fat because he is a great actor, but the movie disappoints. Not because it is subtitled, but it is not genuine enough for me. I was disappointed.Published on December 29, 2013 by Michael Jones
The only things which stops me from rating this 5 stars are (warning minor spoilers below):
Once the story gets past these rough spots, the movie gets way more... Read more
The cd was a little more scratched then I excepted but it still played. it came in on time and still a good flick.Published on January 8, 2013 by BackBone