Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Supercop (1992)

Movie: 5/5
Video: 3/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 1/5
Overall: 3/5


Supercop was one of my favorite Jackie Chan films growing up in the mid-90's. I remember seeing it for the first time at the now closed Kam Drive In Theater in Hawaii in 1996. And this was the second Jackie Chan film I had seen at the time, the first being Rumble in the Bronx. In Supercop, Jackie Chan's character goes undercover and breaks a conman out of prison and ends up getting caught up international drug trafficking and other various crimes. I give the film a 5/5 because it's one of the first Jackie Chan films I've seen.

The video is problematic, it is cropped from 2.39 to 1.78. That alone hurts the score, but I find the transfer very vibrant and detailed. There's a level of grain that's present and it's overall satisfying despite being cropped from scope to matted widescreen. The video gets a 3/5.

The only audio option is the English dub in DTS-HD MA 2.0. I give it a 3/5 but I find it very disappointing that the original Chinese audio is not present on the disc what-so-ever. That's a bummer to me. The only extra feature on the disc is an interview with Michelle Yeoh who is incorrectly listed as Michelle Khan. The extra gets a 1/5.

The overall is a 12/4 = 3/5. I would only recommend this release if you can get it for about $8. I am planning on picking up the Kam & Ronson releases of the Police Story trilogy to complete my collection. If you want the film in OAR and with the original Chinese audio with English subs, pick up the Hong Kong release of the film.

Another Stakeout (1993)

Movie: 3/5
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 0/5
Overall: 3/5

The First of Many Touchstone/Mill Creek Releases...

Another Stakeout is one of the many licensed out Touchstone releases that Disney handed over to Mill Creek to distribute. Considering the age of the films in question, they have received a very low, affordable price tag of $5. Another Stakeout, while not as great as the first film, it does have some entertainment value to it. I am left scratching my head as to why Mill Creek decided to release the second film and not the first right off the bat; maybe they didn't get the distribution rights from Disney? Anyway, back to the film, I give it a 3/5. It's got it moments, but not as great as the first outing with just Estevez and Dreyfuss.

The video is very nice for a movie that's pushing towards twenty. However, it seems like this is a dated master. But, we're not talking plagued with problems or anything like that. From a distance, it's not that bad at all really. The video presentation is the best one out of the four Touchstone/Mill Creek titles I currently own which popped up at Target about a month and a half ago. The video get's a cool 4/5.

The sound is very nice for a DTS-HD MA 2.0 track. It's incorrectly stated on the cover that it's a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track. That does sound kinda scary for the only audio option, but thankfully it was wrongfully stated. The audio sounds great for a DTS-HD MA track, but I don't think it meets its full potential in the end. I feel that the audio deserves a 4/5.

There are sadly no bonus materials at all on the disc; 0/4. And that gives us 2.75/5 which I feel comes to 3/5. If there was any bonus material at all, it would help somewhat. It's pretty easy to find for $5 and I'd recommend it for that price.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

Movie: 4/5
Video: 3/5
Audio: 3/5
Extras: 0/5
Overall: 2.5/5

The Crow: City of Angels.

The Crow: City of Angels is the first in three sequels to the Brandon Lee epic from 1994. Well, the storyline is somewhat similar to the original; guy with girlfriend, or in our case with the sequel it's a child, dies and one year later; his soul is brought back from the dead to exact revenge on the druggies who caused their demise. I find the first two films in the series to be enjoyable. Sure, the sequel is very flawed, but enjoyable.

Now, let's get started on the video presentation. The source is from a very outdated master of the film; probably ten years old or at the most fifteen years old. Dirt and debris and scratches pop up constantly, but I think the video is decent yet a little below average. At most it's a 2.5 to 3 and I think to be fair, it deserves a 3/5.

The audio is a DTS-HD MA 2.0 track which sounds ok, but I've heard better. It too scores a 3/5. And there's zero extras what-so-ever. And this gives us an overall 2.5/5 for this release. It's a shame that there's no extras, but I am sure Miramax's new owners and Echo Bridge are out to make a quick buck on these titles and to be honest, I do intend on picking up several.