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Meltdown [DVD]

Jet Li , Jacky Cheung , Jing Wong , Wai-Lun Lam    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jet Li, Jacky Cheung, Chingmy Yau, Charlie Yeung, Kelvin Wong
  • Directors: Jing Wong, Wai-Lun Lam
  • Writers: Jing Wong, Domonic Muir
  • Producers: Jing Wong, Ging-Sing Tin, Hsiang Chuan Pei, Kei-Mei Goon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI2J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,240 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Jet Li can always be relied upon when it comes to action movies, and Meltdown is no exception. No surprises with the story line: Kit Li witnesses his wife blown up in a gangster attack masterminded by the nefarious Doctor, only to be confronted by the same "no risk, no reward" gangster two years later, now aiming to steal the Russian crown jewels from a hotel complex. The shadow of Die Hard falls heavily across the action, with its skyscraper stunts and marauding helicopter, given an appropriate twist by the high-velocity martial-arts sequences and director Wong Jing's stylish take on the high-tech metropolis that is Hong Kong. Jackie Cheung adds a comic element as Frankie Lane, the action-movie star seemingly past his sell-by date, and Kwan Sau Mei's Doctor is the epitome of suave nastiness.

On the DVD: Meltdown on disc has a 1.85:1 widescreen picture that reproduces the plethora of monochrome conference rooms and exploding glass panels with dizzying clarity. This release comes ready dubbed into English--don't check the synchronisation too often and you'll hardly notice--with subtitles in 12 languages. The photo gallery is enlivened with Jet Li trivia, while the filmographies are unusually frank about the commercial nature of the Hong Kong film industry in general and Wong Jing's contribution in particular. But done with this degree of panache, films such as Meltdown are never less than 110# entertainment. --Richard Whitehouse

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DVD Special Features
Photo Gallery with Jet Li Trivia

Languages: English
Subtitles: Croation, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Norwegian, Slovene, Swedish.
Feature Run Time: 97 minutes approx

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware 24 Jan 2005
By Sarah
If you are a Jet Li fan, then fine, this item might be for you. Li's performance is up to his usual high standard, and the fighting is great. However, if you happen to be a Jackie Chan fan also, then you probably shouldn't buy this. Maybe watch it, but be aware that Meltdown is actually another name for High Risk, the infamous anti-Chan outing from Wong Jing. If you are sensitive to you hero and his family and friends being mercilessly mocked in a way that is sadly not even funny, then stay clear of this, or at least fast forward any scene that features Jacky Cheung. If it wasn't for Jet, who is great, the movie would suck. However, the dubbing is quite good. The bad guy has an accent and tone of voice that really suits him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars M e l t d o w n 9 Dec 2002
Essentially, the Hong Kong version of "Die Hard". An ex-soldier turned bodyguard (Li) is still traumatised by the death of his wife in an explosion caused by a terrorist. Now, when the building he and his movie star emloyer(Cheung) are in is taken over by a group led by the same evil bomber, it is up to Li and his rather clumsy action star boss to recapture the skyscraper, and free the hostages. The obligatory and insanely poor Asian humour, or the dodgy script cannot detract from the intense, frequent and violent action set pieces. Li shows off his impressive Wushu fighting style which should satisfy his fans, whilst Cheung manages to sucessfully parody the fighting style of the great bruce lee, whilst dressed in a comedy spandex outsuit ala "Game of Death".
Some innovative action some cliched, but all in all a good mix of excitement, violence and dodgy humour which earn Meltdown 4 stars. However if you're not a fan of Li maybe you should make that 2, or 1. Ah who cares, I enjoyed it anyway...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 24 July 2014
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Good entertainment
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, AMUSING, GOOD ACTION 21 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Take a plot stolen from Die Hard and mix it together with poking fun at Jackie Chan and you've got High Risk, one of Wong Jing and Jet Li's best efforts. Jet Li plays the stuntman for Asia's leading action hero, who's famous for doing his own stunts (wink, wink). The parody of Jackie Chan is hilarious, depicting "Frankie" as a bumbling boob with an inflated movie star ego. The whole movie moves briskly and has enough decent action and oddball humor to keep one deeply entertained. I rank it up there as one of Jet li's best and as one of the funnier Hong Kong movies I've seen. Definitely worth owning if you're a Hong Kong fan.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Action...... BAD DVD 27 Dec 1999
By "dvd7" - Published on
High Risk is an action packed movie. Not like anything Hollywood has to offer. This is real HK action. Jet Li plays the role of a Stunt-double/ Bodyguard to Jacky Cheung. The first part of the movie really sets the pace of the rest of the film with explosive action. There are some great fight clips and lots of comedy. This is not a Hollywood movie so the effects are not perfect. One of the coolest clips was of the car in the elevator.
The DVD had no options other than the choice of Cantonese or Mandarin it did not even have a menu. Further more the subtitles where small and hard to read and where fixed English and Chinese, so you could not turn them off if you wanted. Other than that the picture quality was Great.
(I took of 2 stars for the lack of options and the hard to read subtitles)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Alright...I'm trapped in a building taken over by terrorists. Where have I heard that before?" 4 Feb 2007
By H. Bala - Published on
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How great of a film is DIE HARD? DIE HARD left such an indelible mark in cinema that movie producers all over the world have been rehashing its film premise ever since. MELTDOWN (aka SHU DAN LONG WEI, aka HIGH RISK), released in 1995, is only one film of many which blatantly [...] Bruce Willis's action opus. On its own merit, MELTDOWN isn't bad but isn't near the top of Jet Li's best flicks in terms of acting, storyline, or kung fu throwdowns. What it's got going for it is its infusion of mayhem and graphic violence, so if you're into that (and what dude isn't?), then it's good times for the viewer.

The far-fetched plot: A deadly early encounter with a terrorist mastermind simply known as the Doctor leaves military Lieutenant Kit Li (Jet Li) a widowed man feeling guilt and in search of revenge. Two years later, Li is now toiling away as a bodyguard to crass, world-renowned kung fu movie star Frankie Lone (Jackie Cheung), who much like Jackie Chan, insists on performing his own stunts. But, unbeknownst to the public, Li actually also serves as Frankie's stunt double on occasions when Frankie has had his drink on. Frankie used to be a heralded martial artist but has "forgotten" the wushu way and is now basically a craven womanizer.

When the posh Grandeur Hotel hosts an invaluable set of Russian jewels, it becomes the point of convergence for Kit, Frankie, and the Doctor and his gang of terrorists. Kit, at last, has a chance to atone for his blunder two years ago. Can he find a way to overcome the mastermind's cunning and ruthlessness? And can Frankie find his long-missing kung fu? Will the plucky girl reporter find love with Kit? Will the dubious film director be defenestrated? Can Jackie Chan forgive MELTDOWN for making a caricature of his persona?

I don't recall the ratio but it seems to me that Jet Li wields a gun here more than he resorts to chop socky. The action sequences are still dang tootin' nifty, but I guess the producers really were going for that DIE HARD sensibility, ergo more firearms. Jet Li remains a very likable persona and his performance is pretty good here as he plays up the stoic, heroic role. As for Jackie Cheung - you either like his performance or you want to slap him silly. I got very annoyed with his incessant mugging and I personally didn't think he was funny, but I know friends who did. His character was meant to be a spoof of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, but I didn't much care for it.

Too, the editing staff should've been canned for the inconsistencies left in. There's a scene in which Frankie uses a shoe as a decoy, but the very next moment reveals Frankie shod on both feet. How Kit and the cop got the car out of the elevator to pull out a surprise on the terrorists is a mystery to me. There are several "people" falling out of the skyscraper who are too obviously fake dummies. See what I mean?

Now, I saw MELTDOWN on dvd, dubbed in typically over-the-top English. I just wished I'd screened it in the original Chinese or Cantonese. As I've said elsewhere, more often than not, foreign movies lose something in translation. There's a chance Cheung wouldn't be as grating if he was presented in his native lingo. But, overall, despite its annoyances, MELTDOWN is worth watching for its crazy stunts and fierce violence. And for Jet Li, of course.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something new for Jet Li. 15 Oct 2002
By Christopher Wicker - Published on
This is a new style of film for Jet Li. True there is some of the greatest action sceens ever shot in this film but mosst of the film is based on making fun of the Hong Kong film bissness. While Jet's charater Kit Li does have some great fights in the movie the best fight is the fight near the end of the movie involving Frankie Loan(I think that's how you spell it who's played be Jackie Cheung), who hires Kit as a bodyguard, and Kong (I don't know who plays him). Frankie is a parody of Bruce Lee(The greatest martial artist ever) and Jackie Chan (I don't really see the Jackie Chan parody but I can uderstand how some people will.) The final fight sceen also reminds me of a Bruce Lee style fight (Jackie even wears a yellow and black jumpsuit like the one Lee wears in his final movie "The Game Of Death"). This is a masterwork of Hong Kong comedy and action. If you are not a fan of both of these I wold be wary of buying this moive.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking send up of Jackie Chan and homage to Die Hard. 14 Feb 1999
By Philip V - Published on
I just finished watching this movie and I have to say it was money well spent.
The best description of High Risk would be a homage to Die Hard and a parody of Jackie Chan. Jet Li plays a former bomb squad commander who's last run in with the villain cost him his family. He has since has become the double and bodyguard of Frankie, a Kung Fu superstar. Frankie is a cowardly, boozing, womanizer who has forgotten how he achieved his stardom.
Various elements play like Die Hard scenes including the characters and dialog. Mixed in with this are other subplots and some original scenes (at least to me). I won't spoil them by elaborating. Suffice to say, High Risk is an excellent blend of comedy, action (both martial arts and gunplay) and suspense with some romance thrown in. This movie does not take itself too seriously. Sometimes it parodies the martial arts genre with its voices, dialog and facial expressions!
On the down side, the subtitles leave something to be desired, blending into the background and being poorly translated on occasion. The disc has no features, just different subtitles. The video quality is average, audio Dolby Digital 2.0/Pro-Logic.
Any fan of Jet Li, Hong Kong films or action in general will enjoy this a lot. There is little if any wire Fu.
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