my trip down memory lane, I recently picked up Mega Star's release
of Armour Of God - the second Jackie Chan film I ever saw, and along
with Wheels On Meals, still one
of his most enjoyable offerings.
Jackie plays the Asian Hawk, an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer,
whose ability to seek out, and steal, precious artefacts is second
Unfortunately for Jackie, Alan, an old friend, turns up hoping to
enlist his help in rescuing Jackie's old flame Laura, from the clutches
of an evil religious cult.
Borrowing some of the pieces of the titular Armour Of God, in order
to lure out the kidnappers, Jackie and Alan must find a way of rescuing
Laura whilst also stealing the remaining Armour to complete the
Armour Of God contains everything you'd expect from a Jackie Chan
film - superb stunts, intricate and imaginative fight scenes, a
fantastic car-chase sequence, as well as some fine comic interplay
between the leads.
The only downside to this movie, and the one element which remains
a weakness in virtually all of Jackie's movies, is his apparent
lack of interest in his female characters, with Rosamund Kwan and
Lola Forner in nothing more than token roles.
However, this small criticism takes nothing away from Armour Of
God's energy, and the overall sense of fun which radiates from the
cast - a far cry from Jackie's lame efforts of the late 90's.
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which affects many HK discs is their apparent inability to reproduce
solid blacks, often making dark scenes appear to be a muddy blue
Thankfully, Mega Star seem to have taken great care in this aspect
of the transfer, and as such, the many underground cave scenes are
reproduced very well.
Although I noticed some occasional artifacting,
the colour and detail found in the picture make up for this, creating
a very pleasing DVD.
seemingly learnt their lessons from the appallingly bad remixes
of previous releases, Mega Star provide a very good 5.1 remix.
The front left and right speakers are used often, with the sound
being steered around effectively, particularly in the car-chase
and fight sequences.
The centre speaker handles the dialogue perfectly, with no distortion
problems being evident.
For a change, the remix actually added to my enjoyment of the film
- something which can't be said about some other companies attempts
at "improving" the sound.
clear subtitles, although the odd grammatical and syntax error creeps
in from time to time.
Not as high a standard as I would have expected for a Jackie Chan
DVD, but certainly better than your average subtitling job.
all of Mega Star's discs, the menus are very good quality, with
excellent layouts and clear pictures.
A nice touch is the instrumental music which plays during the chapter
trailer, and fun trailers for Project
A, Project A part 2 and Miracles
- which often show behind-the-scenes footage.
Thankfully, we're spared the rather tired looking generic Media
Asia trailer which adorned most of their previous releases.
Also included are 10 chapter stops, and biographies for Chan, Tam
it's never going to win awards for characterisation or plot-development,
there is still a great deal of enjoyment to be garnered from this
excellent slice of Wacky Jackie entertainment. - and seeing as he
went to the trouble of almost killing himself during filming, the
least you could do to return the favour is to go out and buy it!