Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars
UNIVERSE
 
Starring:
Directed By:
Sammo Hung
Year:
1985
Run Time:
94mins
Producer: Universe
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Languages:
CANTONESE 5.1, Mandarin 5.1
Subtitles:
Removable Chinese (S+T), English
W/S Subtitles:
Yes
Ratio:
1.85:1 Non Anamorphic
Region:
NTSC 0
Genre:
Comedy / Action - II
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MOVIE
7/10

This third film in the Lucky Stars series follows the same well-worn path as the previous two, with the plot taking a back seat to the comedy and action.
Unfortunately, whereas those previous offerings managed to pack in many memorable scenes, Twinkle, Twinkle seems more like a rehash of the first two. The "horny guys in a house" scenario is so close to the one featured in My Lucky Stars, and Winners And Sinners, you almost forget which film you're watching.

Whilst the comedy is far from unfunny, it does start to drag in places, and an overriding feeling springs to mind, that the series has run its course.
Aside from the comedy, the fight sequences, whilst no more frequent than in My Lucky Stars, are easily the best in the series - extremely well choreographed, and exciting to watch.
In particular, the battle in the Pepsi Factory is testament to Sammo's ability to make his actors look their very best, with a young Andy Lau showing-off some nifty fist and footwork.

Due to a back injury, Jackie once again has a role more akin to an extended cameo, and only features briefly in the finale. Stepping into the breach is Sammo, in an encounter with Richard Norton so realistically filmed you'd wonder how either of them ever worked, let alone walked, again!

PICTURE
7/10

Whilst avoiding the foibles of the My Lucky Stars DVD, namely the trails and strobing, this transfer is equally disappointing.
Although colours are strong and well-defined, the most noticeable deficiency of the visuals are their lack of detail. This softness is consistent throughout, and makes the image look old, and not a great deal better than VHS.

SOUND
8/10

Music and the odd sound-effect are handled by the left and right speakers, whilst everything else is issued from the centre channel.
An aspect with the previous Lucky Stars disc was its general lack of bass, and thankfully, Universe have rectified this problem.
Whilst the audio is still not quite as solid as I would have liked, it features no distortion, and is generally very pleasing.

SUBTITLES
8/10

Trying to translate Hong Kong jokes is often difficult, and nigh impossible if the subtitles are sloppily transcribed.
Although a few grammatical errors are present, the general level of the subtitles is very good, with only the occasional joke falling flat.

MENUS
7/10

By no means state-of-the-art, the menus are a slight improvement over the "old-style" Universe menus. Their presentation is of a generally high standard, with some nicely composed background images and clear layouts.

EXTRAS
3/10

At least the extras contain a trailer from the Lucky Stars series this time, with My Lucky Stars, Battle Creek Brawl and Twin Dragons, featuring under the "More Attractions" menu.
8 chapter-stops as per usual, as well as the theatrical trailer.
The most disappointing area of the extras are the "Stars' Files" - or lack of them. With the large list of talented and well-known actors appearing in this series, the decision to include info for only Sammo and Jackie is a very lazy move by Universe.

PACKAGING
4/10

A rather poorly designed and composed cover, with images lacking clarity - much like the transfer.
The general lack of effort shown in the cover art is disappointing and certainly doesn't make it jump off the shelf at you.

CUTS / CHANGES

The only difference between this and the dubbed VHS I own, is the opening scene, where Miu Ka-Wei is sprayed with Pepsi by the gang, as they sit down for breakfast.
A fairly unfunny scene, which adds nothing to the film, and therefore is of no major concern.

CONCLUSION
7/10

It's strange how the series has evolved in some ways, whilst regressing in others...What started as a very balanced combination of stunt-work, fight scenes and comedy, gradually changed into a series which strengthened its martial, whilst weakening its material.
The initially hilarious interplay between the characters eventually becomes tiresome, as does the script, and the desperate attempts to continue the series ultimately lowered its quality.
However, taken as the final part of a trilogy, Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars proves a fitting end to an often excellent series.

MOVIE 7/10
PICTURE
7/10
SOUND
8/10
SUBTITLES
8/10
EXTRAS
3/10
MENUS
7/10
PACKAGING
4/10
OVERALL 7/10