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Action superstar Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid) is back and hotter than ever in this explosive, thrill-a-minute hit from the director of Rumble in the Bronx. Now, Jackie's undercover and out of control on a high-stakes mission to take down a powerful drug lord in the crime capital of the world. Whether it's leaping from a ten-story building onto an airborne helicopter or landing on top of a speeding train, there's no job too tough for this hero—he'll do whatever it takes to uphold justice.
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However this Dimension Blu-Ray is sadly lacking. First, it has no Chinese audio track. It only has an English dub. I always like to enjoy movies in their original language, but what makes it worse is that I'm a bit hard of hearing, so I miss quite a few words of this mediocre English dub.
Second, it has no subtitles. I would have at least liked subtitles to help me understand the audio track. (One of the reasons I buy movies on Blu-Ray is to have subtitles because of my less-than-good hearing.)
If you just want the movie for the action and nothing more, then this is a good version. But if you enjoy movies in their original language with subtitles, then skip this one.
I just want to make it clear: there is only one audio channel - dubbed in English. The dub is better than some because Jackie does his own lines and speaks very good English, but it's not idea.
There is no "native language" with subtitles option for the DVD.
I kinda figured this wasn't the uncut version when the real opening sequence didn't surface (the one with the big law enforcement conference in which the consensus was that it required a "supercop" to take on the vast drug dealing problem. I don't quite know why Dragon Dynasty went with this inferior version, when they went with the uncut editions for the first two POLICE STORY films. I blame broccoli.
I don't know that Michelle ends up hijacking Jackie's film, but she most definitely holds up her end, and this after around a four year hiatus from cinema. She refers to herself as a "tough cookie" in her interview in the bonus features, and I think she undersells herself. There's a gratifying element in that her Inspector Yang goes from being this stern, self-controlled figure into a more playful character as she masquerades as Jackie's character's sister. Juxtaposing her smooth, flowing fighting style is Ka-Kui Chan's more unorthodox street fighting moves, but both methods work and I just bet both styles are equally felt by Jackie's stunt group in lumps and bruises.
Maybe it's the purist in me but I wasn't entirely down with the Rambo sequence as Jackie and Michelle engage in a massive shootout in a renegade general's camp. I know that Michelle Yeoh, early in her career, played a bunch of gun-toting police officer roles, and Jackie's done similar roles, as well. But I say let Americans and John Woo characters do the gun thing. I'd rather watch Jackie wresting a gun away from a bad guy and then field stripping it in moments... Sorry, I can't help but feel that guns are beneath these two icons, and especially Jackie Chan.
This Dragon Dynasty release comes with two DVDs. Disc 1 has the feature presentation and an audio commentary by Hong Kong cinema know-it-all Logan Bey (but his stuff's always worth listening to). Disc 2 has these 4 interviews: Jackie Chan reflects on POLICE STORY 3, on Michelle Yeoh, on working with other directors, what it was like dangling dizzyingly off that helicopter, and his befuddlement over his pictures getting the serious edit treatment for overseas release (00;19:21 minutes); Michelle Yeoh talks about her time in the movie, on doing her own stunts, and how she wanted to do the helicopter stunt herself until the director asked her - and I'm paraphrasing - "Michelle, if you do that, what in the world is Jackie going to do to be able to top that stunt?" so she settled for the motorbike stunt (but, first, she had to learn how to ride a motorbike; 00:23:11); an interview with director Stanley Tong (00:19:32); and an interview with Jackie Chan bodyguard/training partner/co-star Ken Lo (with English sub-titles, 00:21:44).
As per norm, stick around for the outtakes during the closing credits. Michelle doesn't nail that motorbike stunt on her first try.
For my money, I did like the one alternate closing credits version in which Tom Jones sings "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting." But this isn't that version. Anyway, 5 stars out of 5 for the movie. 2 stars for the Dragon Dynasty presentation and for not having enough bonus material, all that averaging the thing to... well, I'm going with 3 stars.
The story, takes itself a little more seriously than some Chan films, say compared to Mr. Nice Guy or Rumble in The Bronx. The humor is more of a minum because of that, but there's still a funny couple good moments. I think the plot is interesting and suspensful, taking advantage of Kevin Chan playing an undercover agent throughout the movie. His sidekick, or should I say boss, throughout the film is played by Michelle Yeoh, also undercover along side him, and gives an equally great performance in the film. The dubbing is far better than most films, and if you prefer Jackie Chan's own English voice, he provied his own dub in Supercop.
The action is used sparingly throughout the beginning of the film, making everything run a little slow. But the movie begins to progress more and more nicely throughout. The finale is huge. 15 minutes of straight all out action from fights to some of, if not, the best stunts ever done. Chan jums on and hangs from a helicopter ladder over the city, and Michelle Yeoh hangs off the side of a van for dear life and steers a motorcyle right up ontop a moving train. Its all real and its must see.
Fan or no fan of Jackie Chan, this is just an all out great movie. No its not recognized as a masterpiece, but in a slightly smaller world this is A++ entertainment.