may have noticed from some of my previous reviews, I tend to be
drawn to films which have a certain emotional depth to them, so
the opportunity to pick up Bullet In The Head, on DVD, couldn't
Now, I could give you a brief write-up of the plot, but that would
be be missing the point - this is a film about the pain, suffering,
greed and selfishness of three friends.
As with many of John Woo's films, the themes of Loyalty, Friendship
and Betrayal are explored, and the effect that these have on the
main characters. However, where Bullet In The Head differs, is the
sense that the main characters never have any control over their
own destiny, and are forced into making decisions which have dreadful
repercussions on themselves, and others.
The standout scenes are not the ones containing over-the-top shoot-outs
or stunts, but the ones which examine the consequences of these
READ THE DVD COMPARISON HERE
flaw in the print is a glitch, which causes the picture to jump
up fractionally throughout the running time.
I personally didn't notice it when I was watching the film, but
if you're skipping about, it does become more noticeable.
The picture, whilst being quite clean, doesn't have enough sharpness
for my taste and should contain a lot more detail. Colours, however,
are strong and well contained, although night scenes are sometimes
too bright, and reveal artifacts.
disappointing, and overly-mixed 5.1 mix. Sound effects, music and
dialogue are left sounding "tinny" and "hollow"
Surround effects also seem out of place, and contain the same tinny
A disappointing, and sometimes off-putting remix.
not being quite as good as the Made In Hong Kong video, they are
still very good, never falling behind the dialogue, and generally
being free of grammatical and syntax errors.
professional presentation featuring Bios. on John Woo, Jacky Cheung,
Waise Lee and Tony Leung, as well as the Theatrical trailer and
9 animated chapter stops.
in the Head is not a film you'd ever describe as being "entertaining"
to watch, and is often a disturbing experience, but one that should
not be missed.
If you already own the Made In Hong Kong video, I wouldn't recommend
upgrading. The picture and sound deficiencies make for a disappointing
release, and if, as rumoured, there's an Anchor Bay version I'd
wait for that.
A film this good deserves a DVD to match, and unfortunately Mega
Star hasn't provided it...
also note that this version is CUT.
Key scenes in the night club have been removed, as have some other
For a full break-down of what's missing, visit the excellent page
at A Website