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2000 AD [DVD]

Aaron Kwok , Phyllis Quek , Gordon Chan    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Aaron Kwok, Phyllis Quek, James Lye, Daniel Wu (II), Gigi Choi
  • Directors: Gordon Chan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Contender Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGV6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,496 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



2000 AD reunites Aaron Kwok and Andrew Lin from the ferociously pyrotechnic Black Sheep Affair (1998) for a slick but muddled Hong Kong/Singapore co-production conspiracy thriller about computer espionage. Kwok and Lin make fine adversaries, and have one excellent martial arts battle on a vertigo-inducing rooftop. Otherwise the action involves powerfully staged Heat-style gun play rather than martial arts, one set-piece car chase/shoot-out being strongly influenced by the Riviera pursuit in Ronin (1997). Beginning as a serious thriller, Kwok's nerdish computer games designer transforms into an invulnerable action hero, and any sense of plausibility is sacrificed for regulation mayhem. Cluttered with more characters than it knows what to do with, 2000 AD combines aspects of The Net (1995) and Entrapment (1999) into a largely nonsensical plot. Lin's villain is given vital information which later he is completely ignorant of. We never find out exactly what he is planning, or who he is really working for, and in one mystifying sequence he crashes the Singapore stock exchange, yet the event has absolutely no effect on anything. Though the cast is engaging and the direction polished the finale is an anti-climax, symptomatic of a highly entertaining movie which promises more than it delivers.

On the DVD: The 1.77:1 anamorphically enhanced transfer is clean and generally free from grain; the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is as powerful as any heard on a Hong Kong movie, although listen though headphones and a fair degree of background hiss is clearly audible in the quiet scenes. The film can be viewed with the original Cantonese dialogue and English subtitles, or dubbed into English. Either way, a surprisingly large amount of the original dialogue is in English. There is a 19-minute "making of" documentary, though this is bland made-for-television promotional fare. Much better is the 14-minute interview with director Gordon Chan and a 17-minute interview with Andrew Lin who reveals how once shooting had begun his originally heroic part was re-written to make him the villain, thus explaining why the plot makes so little sense. Best of all is the commentary by Chan and Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan, which is packed with information about the movie, Hong Kong cinema and filmmaking in general. By itself it makes the DVD a worthwhile purchase. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

DVD Special Features
Digitally re-mastered and restored DVD transfer.
16:9 Anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TV's
AC3 5:1 Digital Audio
UK Promotional Trailer
Original Theatrical Trailer
Dual language format (English Dubbed and Cantonese Language with re-mastered English Subtitles)
Interview with director Gordon Chan
'Making Of' Featurette with star Aaron Kwok
Audio Commentary by Bev Logan and director Gordon Chan
Interview with co-star Andrew Lin

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slick but muddle techno-thriller 10 May 2003
Gordon Chan, director of some classic Hong Kong flims of the 90's(Fist of Legend, Beast Cops and underated Jackie Chan flim 'Thunderbolt')brings us this big budget techno-thriller starring Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok.
To be honest I was letf slightly disappointed as while the flim was good, I was expecting much more with its big budget(for a Hong Kong flim), producers from the award-winning action flim 'Purple Storm' and the directing talent behind the camera.
There are a couple of problems which I have with the flim; the story can be quite muddle at times. The first half of it can be confusing to know wants going on and as explain on the Amazon review, there are some unanswered questions and motives though the movie.
The action scenes are made up of mostly Ronin/Heat style gunplay i.e car chases/shootouts, automatic weapons. Whlie the scenes are nicely done with the usual Hong Kong ballistic style, they seem in my opinion not to have that inventiveness and this is what I think makes Hong Kong action flims 'stand out'
Some of the cast are also disappointly underused, I would of like to have seen more of Andrew Lin and Ken Lo.
With its problems, I still liked the 2000AD and it has many things going for it. It looks nice, has razor-shape editing and camera work, some good action set pieces and a engaging lead performance from Aaron Kwok. While it isn't Gordon Chan's best work, its still enjoyable, just don't expect it to be in the same league as his earlier 'Fist of Legend' work.
For a better HK flim, try 'Time and Tide' by Tsui Hark. It might be less slick than 2000AD but its very fast paced and has some outrageously staged John Woo-ish action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good action 13 Dec 2005
By S. miah
Good martial arts film. The english voice overs as always are pants so i didn't watch it in english
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great action 19 Sep 2001
Hong Kong Legends , deliver a good DVD with both crisp picture and sound . The movie is fast and well made , it has a good storie and some realy nice action moves ....
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