Full Contact (1992)
Director - Ringo Lam
DVD Released by : Mei Ah
Player reviewed with : Sony S3000
Receiver reviewed with : Sony 925
Features:
Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Filmogrophies and Bios
Trailer
Cantonese or Mandarin Soundtracks
English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, and Thai Subtitles
Dolby Digital (5.1 re-mix AND original Mono!)
Not enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
Running Time : 98 mins.

Overall, I good DVD and a good movie. I would hold off buying this only because Columbia is releasing a new version soon. If you can't wait, this DVD should be fine. This is a must for Chow Yun Fat fans. Anthony Wong is also great in this movie. Even though this movie is sometimes over rated, it's still a classic.

Chow Yun Fat and Anthony Wong star in this classic movie. Chow Yun Fat is a night club bouncer who helps to steal a truckload of weapons to help Anthony Wong repay a debt to a loan shark. During the job, he is betrayed. Left for dead, he plans and executes his revenge. Simon Yam plays the head bad guy who has a crush on Chow Yun Fat.

Ringo Lam directs FULL CONTACT with an emphasis on action. One great scene involves the "bullet-cam". The action is gritty and brutal. A great director and a great cast make this a must see movie.

The picture quality is very good although the film print shows it's age at times. The colors seem very well balanced and the scenes with extreme dark or light held up great. They seemed a little different from the laser disc at times. This is one of the better transfers out there.

I watched the movie with the Mono soundtrack with the Cantonese language selected. The mix was balanced very well. The dialogue was never drowned out by the music or sound effects. I doubt if I will watch it with the 5.1 soundtrack because I was very disappointed with the re-mixes that were done on other DVD's. I like watching a movie in the version closest to how it was released in the theaters. I give MEI AH a lot of credit for including both soundtracks.

The subtitles were a decent size and not distracting. Spelling and grammar errors are relatively few.

It looks like there were a couple of quick scenes that have been restored that were not in the laser disc version. Some only last a few frames but they are noticeable. These consist of entry and exit wounds that were not in the other version. I don't want to spoil it for anybody who hasn't seen this yet.

The extras are just about standard. The "DATABANK" is just a cast list while the FULL CONTACT trailer is a long music video. Two trailers are included which are always fun to watch. I believe these are listed under "BEST BUY."