Fearless Hyena II (1983)
Director - Jackie
Chan (Fearless Hyena)
Director - Chuen Chan (Fearless
Released by : Simitar
reviewed with : Sony S3000
reviewed with : Sony 925
: AC-3 stereo
: Jackie tells how he does his amazing stunts!
enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
movies for the price of one! FEARLESS HYENA I and II! It sounds great but
read on before you pick this one up. Both are very entertaining Jackie Chan
films. I liked Fearless Hyena a little better than the second, though. Fearless
Hyena features non-stop action with great fight scenes. The sequel really
isn't a sequel and has a lot less Jackie Chan in it than the original.
The picture most of the time is pretty good even though it is panned and scanned.
There's not much panning and scanning but I am fairly sure it's not full frame.
The problem is when it's not good it looks like a big glitch. It looks like
somebody turned the vacuum on while you were watching TV. This would normally
bother the hell out of me but being that the price on these is so low, it's
hard to complain. When you pick these movies up you know going in that the
source material is less than perfect. Both movies featured this. It may have
been twice in Fearless Hyena and once in Fearless Hyena II. This wouldn't
be the demo disc when you have friends over.
The sound in Fearless Hyena is mostly like the other Simitar
releases. That means that it is just about acceptable. Fearless Hyena II has
a noticeable hiss running through the sound track but it is most noticeable
in the beginning.
There were no subtitles although there was an option for a Cantonese soundtrack.
The same Jackie Chain interview I believe is also on other Simitar releases.
The menus and "extras" are very plain. The filmographies are brief
and I am sure anybody who gets this movie already knows who Jackie Chan is.
So why get this DVD? If you have the VHS versions, this DVD is not worth getting.
This quality is acceptable or at least forgivable on tape but a DVD needs
a little more. I think Simitar knows this and that is why the low price of
the DVD. It's always easy to say how the DVD should have been but who knows
what the source material was like?