My Lucky Stars (1985)
Director - Sammo Hung
DVD Released by : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/Fortune Star
Player reviewed with : Malata 520
Receiver reviewed with : Sony 925
Cantonese and English Soundtracks 5.1 Dolby and DTS
Chinese Subtitles
Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
New and Original Trailers
Running Time : 96mins.
Region 1

MY LUCKY STARS is about two undercover cops played by Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. They follow a criminal to Japan only to be overpowered by the Ninja gang that protects him. Jackie narrowly escapes but Yuen is taken captive. Jackie needs help in a big way but since the criminal is an ex-Hong Kong Cop, he will recognize whoever comes to help. Jackie has the HK police draft his childhood friends. Lead by Sibelle Hu, the gang goes to Japan to help Jackie,

MY LUCKY STARS is just as much a comedy as an action movie. There are long stretches without action but the comedy while sometimes goofy, is usually amusing. The comedy may be a turn off to those looking for more of an action flick. A large segment of it pertains to Sammo Hung and the gang trying to sleep in the same room as Sibelle Hu.

There are some great action sequences. One features Jackie Chan fighting bad guys in a Haunted House amusement ride. There is also a good fight between Sibelle Hu and Japanese body builder Michiko Nishikawa. Even though the fights are rather few in this movie, they definetly good ones.

Fox's MY LUCKY STARS doesn't have that many extras but the it should satisfy fans of the movie.

The image quality is very good. The film print used is free of damage and specks. The colors and detail also look very good. There are some outdoor scenes in an amusement park and they look great with all the colors. The only minor problem I have with it is that the Fortune Star logos aren't flagged as 16x9. It would appear that all of these DVD's are like this. The movie is also presented in it's proper aspect ratio. Overall, I am very pleased with the transfer.

There are English and Cantonese Dolby 5.1 and DTS tracks. I used the 5.1 Cantonese track. The sound mix is well done. The music never drowned out the dialogue and the sound effects actually sounded in place. There is some use of the surround speakers but not too much. This is one of the better 5.1 remixes that I have heard.

The subtitles are easy to read and are free of misspellings and grammatical errors. These are dubtitles, which is when the subtitles are exactly what is said on the English dub. There is more dialogue in Enlgish than Cantonese and the subtitles show up at times when nothing is being said. This happens in the very beginning. There is a voiceover that is heard on the English track but not the Cantonese. The subtitles still appear with the Cantonese track on.

There are few extras on this DVD. There are two trailers for My Lucky Stars and trailers for other Fox/Fortune Star releases.

Fox's MY LUCKY STARS is a must have if you are a fan of the movie. This movie isn't everybody's cup of tea so I wouldn't reccamend a blind buy. There are some good fight scenes but there is plenty of goofy comedy mixed in. Even though Jackie Chan is the main star, Sammo Hung is in it much more. There are some great moments in the movie, like Michiko Nishiwaki's first movie appearance. You will remember her if you have seen IN THE LINE OF DUTY 3.

Fox and Fortune Star have given this movie a good presentation. The only flaw is the subtitles appearing when nothing is being said on the Cantonese track. Everything else is very well done.

Reviewed 12/28/2003