|DVD Released by : Mega Star|
|Player reviewed with : Sony S3000|
|Receiver reviewed with : Sony 925|
|Filmogrophies and Bios|
|Dolby Digital 5.1|
|English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean,|
|Bahasa Malaysia, and Spanish Subtitles|
|Cantonese or Mandarin Soundtracks|
|Running Time : 126 mins.|
The overall picture quality is pretty good. I am actually surprised at how vibrant the colors are in the print. The print that was used is in good condition and specks are kept to a minimum. The one problem I did notice was that every once in a while a frame would jump. This is most noticeable towards the beginning of the film although it does occur occasionally towards the ending. Even with this one flaw, the DVD looks better than some of the more recent releases.
The sound is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and does a decent job. There are a couple of times in the movie when the rear speaker kick in with a little ambiance sound. The vocals and the music are mixed well and the soundtrack is free of any hiss or pops. There are some occasions when the sound effects seem a little out of place, sounding to near or far from the action on the screen but overall it's tolerable. This is just another instance when the original mono soundtrack would have been much better than a remix.
The subtitles appear mostly on the picture but there are times when they appear in the bottom black bar. They are relatively free of spelling errors and grammatical errors. They are also in sync with what is being said on the screen.
The extras consist of the usual a trailer, film and character information, as well as a Media Asia promotional trailer.
If you are a fan of the movie, this is most likely the best presentation you will see on DVD at this time. Buena Vista has the domestic rights to it so generally that means they will release a cut version without the original soundtrack. I can't picture this movie with different music. On the plus side, Hong Kong Legends will also be releasing this in the future.
This version of the movie has the car chase scene at the end is the most complete version on DVD. Overall, aside from the occasionally jump in the picture, this is worth getting. This is one of the few movies that has the same impact every time I watch it. The performances are very good. Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, and Simon Yam all give great performances in my opinion. The more I watch this movie, the more it draws me in.
DVD provided by HKFLIX.COM .