A Hero Never Dies (1998)
Director - Johnnie To
DVD Released by : Universe
Player reviewed with : Sony S3000
Receiver reviewed with : Sony 925
Widescreen Presentation
Scene Access
Dolby Surround 5.1
Trailers for Extreme Crisis, Enter The Eagles,

City Of Glass

Cantonese and Mandarin Soundtracks
Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and
English Subtitles
NG Footage
Interview with Yo Yo Mong
Not enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
Running Time : 98 mins.

Jack and Martin are the top in their league, second only to the bosses they serve. Though they admire each other's work, they are adversaries. After both are injured, their bosses turn on them. Martin looses his girlfriend and his legs and swears revenge. Jack nurses his girlfriend who is horribly burned while protecting him when he is still recovering from his wounds. Jack soon finds himself helping Martin in taking revenge on their one-time bosses.

The picture is a little disappointing. The daylight scenes are sometimes too bright. The night scenes are very dark and sometimes muddy looking. Though not horrible, the picture quality is just about average. This is a shame for such an atmospheric movie.

The sound quality is better than the picture. The surround sound mostly comes from the front speakers but there are more than a few occasions where sound can be heard from the rear. The mixing is done well and the soundtrack really adds to the mood of the movie.

The subtitles contained a few errors but nothing too distracting. They did sometimes disappear too fast to read when the dialogue was fast.

The menu is very well done and the DVD contains some interesting extras. There is the NG Footage which is comprised of out takes and a short interview with Yo Yo Mong. There is a trailer plus three others.

A HERO NEVER DIES is a good movie that makes a good DVD. Leon Lai and Lau Ching Wan are great in their portrayals of Jack and Martin. There are some great action scenes but this is mostly a drama. I watched it twice and I appreciated it even more the second time. Even though the transfer could be better, this is a DVD worth owning.