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The One (Special Edition) (2001)

Jet Li , Carla Gugino , James Wong  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jet Li, Carla Gugino, Jason Statham, Delroy Lindo, Judy Crown
  • Directors: James Wong
  • Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
  • Producers: Glen Morgan, Charles Newirth, Greg Silverman, Happy Walters, Ian T. Haufrect
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V1WW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The One (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Making-of featurette
  • Animatic comparison

Editorial Reviews

In a stunning dual role, international action star Jet Li portrays Gabriel Yulaw, a police officer confronted with a sinister form of himself escaped from an advanced, parallel universe and intent onkilling Gabriel. His alter ego's hunt culminates in a fateful battle between good and evil that changes Gabriel's perception of reality and forces him to examine the evil hidden within himself. The One features riveting martial arts and innovative special effects.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Every once in a while someone films a movie that really does have a new take on its genre. Even if the general idea existed, it either was not, or could not, be done well on film before. James Cameron's _The Terminator_, Ridley Scott's _Alien_ and _Blade Runner_, Lucas' _Star Wars_, and Spielberg's _Jaws_ and _Close Encounters of the Third Kind_ all achieved this in one way or another.
_The One_ enters this select company both by virtue of originality (I have seen the general premise once or twice before, but never on film) and because even had someone attempted this before, it couldn't have been done as well.
The basic idea of _The One_ is that there are a large number of parallel dimensions, each with a slightly different history (in this one, George Bush became president; in another, it might have been Dole, Gore, or someone even less likely). In each of these universes exists a parallel version of ourselves, as we would be if we'd grown up there. In one of these universes, dimensional travel has been perfected; people can go from one to the other. And one of those people discovers that if he kills off his duplicates, he becomes stronger, faster, smarter; there is some kind of mystical connection between all these parallels, and the power of all is divided up among those that are left; accordingly, he's travelling through the dimensions, slowly eliminating all his parallel selves. The hero of our story is his last remaining duplicate, who has been trying to understand what has been happening to him recently.
Scenes involving such superhuman abilities simply couldn't be done well before this, and few actors other than Jet Li would be able to pull them off convincingly even with special-effects assistance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unusually good despite the bad January 23, 2004
By D. Hess
The movie has plenty of weak spots, notably the mostly lame humor and stiff acting of most (although I don't find that Li's acting was bad at all), but the idea behind it is solid as far as sci-fi goes. The selling point, of course, is the fighting. Unlike many movies you actually get to see something interesting: Jet Li uses Bagua Zhang, a form of "internal" martial arts from the mid-1800s. It involves very evasive and unusual movements and its trademark circle walking (which is what he's doing practicing at his home). The final fight scenes between the two Jet Li characters is where you can really see the good Jet Li putting it to use against the bad Jet Li, who is using an other rarely seen internal martial art style called Xingyi (spellings vary). Oh, the one liner delivered by the nurse (the actress who plays Frazier Crane's agent on the TV show Frazier)is a killer. I love everthing that actress does, she hits a better comedy note out of that one line than all the other attempts at humor in the movie combined. Finally, the attempts at touching moments aren't so bad (the ending outcome for the good Jet Li is a cute idea).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ACTION MOVIE! September 2, 2004
The One is a true "man's" action movie, full of fighting which is made better by the great heavy metal music selections. This movie starts out fast and rarely lets up, pitting the baddest martial arts action hero in movies against himself, it's great! Other reviewers are right, there could be a better story line, but with all of that action and one of the best endings in action movie history, story line is secondary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE November 27, 2005
This movie is alright. I suggest any big fan of jet li go see it. I am just gonna talk about the dvd aspects of the special edition dvd.


Colmbia TriStar present the picture in both a 2:17:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen and a full screen format. The widescreen obviously better duplicates the film's original theatrical showing, but the fullscreen often displays more image at the stop and bottom. Because of the short running time of the feature the two choices can be accommodated one the same side of a dual-layered disc. The picture quality is good when the director isn't playing overmuch with filters and lens. It's a little rough and dark at times, but there are no significant moire effects or grain to worry about. I just wish it were more interesting to look at instead of having to stare at all those dull, tiresome, iron-gray tones.


The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, which I had admired in Jet Li's previous films, is here merely loud. There is no subtlety, no grace about it anywhere. It's mainly used to underscore every plot action with a pounding. glaring rock beat, whether the scene needs it or not. Occasionally, a bullet will whiz by in a rear speaker or a car will screech around a corner behind us. It seems hardly worth the effort.


As far as special features go, Columbua have produced enough of them to take one's mind off the movie for a while. Like rather than watching the film, you could listen to the audio commentary with director James Wong and various filmmakers with the telivision screen turned off. You could also watch one of four featurettes: "Jet Li is the One," thirteen minutes long, an extended promo with interviews of cast and vrew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by salvador
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like action movies wit Jet Li.
Published 1 month ago by Old School
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by lcjvs
4.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li & Jason Statham Doing Some Alpha-55 Kicking
I typically like Jet Li movies but this one left me wondering why I spent my time trying to make sense of it instead of enjoying it for the entertainment value. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars The One
I have been watching Jet Li fighting DVD movies and Action Films for the past twenty years. For the past ten years, Jet Li has been acting with Hollywood Movies Actors and I owns... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andy La
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal healthcare for everyone!!!!
LOL: George W. Bush introducing Universal healthcare for everyone!!!!
This is enough to make everybody with sense of humor to watch this movie.
Published 11 months ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Jet li
If you like to watch Jet Li movies then this is a movie that you people should go and watch.
Published 13 months ago by Derek Morrow
4.0 out of 5 stars The One
This is an excellent movie for anyone to watch over the age of 16. His marital arts and acting is great in this movie.
Published 14 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars just order it don't have but seen many times
seen many times love it fighting scenes are great totaly great film everyone should see this movie great great fils
Published 17 months ago by michael p reitzel
5.0 out of 5 stars the one
watched this movie and I liked it a lot it was cool with all the martial atrs thank you very much
Published 18 months ago by adolph
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