heady days of the mid-80's D & B action flick - a dull plot,
no characterisation, awful "comedy", a maniacally laughing
villain, and Dick Wei wearing his huge Aviator sunglasses. Oh, and
of course a superb final battle which attempts to make you forgive
the rest of the movie...
I won't bother recalling the plot, as it all became a haze after
about 10 minutes, with the film grinding to a halt as Meng Hoi,
John Shum and Tsui Hark took part in numerous "hilarious"
set-pieces whilst doing something with a highly sought after microfilm....I
know, sounds original doesn't it!?
The only plus points came in the lithe form of Cynthia Rothrock
and Michelle Yeoh (or Keng as she appears in the credits), and even
their roles were more akin to extended cameos.
However, I have to agree with the description of the films finale,
found on the back of the box - "stupendous" is the only
word to do it justice.
Dick Wei and Chong Fat face off against Yeoh and Rothrock in a brutal
sequence which utilises staffs, knives and swords to great effect.
Just prior to this, the two ladies decimate a bunch of henchmen
in stunning fashion, looking both graceful and brutal, as their
opponents fly through glass and over furniture in some painful looking
It's just a shame that the previous 120 mins are so mind-numbingly
stunning nor awful, the general quality of the transfer is very
Colours are fairly strong, and the level of detail is consistently
good, without ever being great.
The print's condition is OK, with only a few really noticeable marks
showing up in the opening scenes, although it certainly looks as
though the film was shot in 1985.
has supposedly been remixed into 5.1 Dolby, but apart from the extremely
rare rear effects, the bulk of the audio is delivered through the
centre speaker. This was generally very acceptable, apart from the
opening scenes which made gunshots sound like someone snapping an
elastic band in a broom-cupboard.
the picture quality, the subtitles are neither great nor poor.
There are quite a few mistakes dotted throughout, although nothing
which is going to spoil your "enjoyment" of the movie,
and overall the subs are good.
reasonable pictures are dotted about the menus, but ultimately the
layout and design is uninspiring.
trailers (Magnificent Warriors, Easy
Money and Royal Warriors) join the film's original theatrical trailer
under the heading "Extras".
Two Star Files, for Michelle Yeoh and Yuen Kwai, are also available
on the disc, but considering the movie features Cynthia Rothrock,
Dick Wei and Chong Fat that's not really good enough.
good front cover, and an equally pleasing back one (including a
well written plot synopsis), are provided with this Universe disc.
you're a huge fan of Cynthia Rothrock or Michelle Yeoh you may consider
this a tempting purchase, especially considering the awesome finale.
However, can 6 superb minutes, padded by 83 awful ones, really be
worth spending your hard-earned cash on?....I think not.