The Myth initially feels like Jackie Chan is reinventing his Armour of God movies just as he reinvented the Police Story series, with a slightly darker tone. The film's two plot strands aren't always as complimentary as they could be, with the historical backstory of Chan's general falling in love with the Emperor's latest concubine far more interesting than the modern-day adventurer Chan's efforts to uncover their secret. It's not always successful, not least because of some poorly timed CGI, but it does offer an enjoyable fight on a glue factory assembly line that plays out like a demented version of twister and a spectacular battle scene (Stanley Tong is clearly a fan of Anthony Mann, copying several set-ups from The Fall of the Roman Empire) en route to the finale. And the last half hour is impressive stuff, be it a surprisingly bloody (for Chan) one-against-all battle that sees him fighting atop a mountain of corpses or the scenes in a giant weightless mausoleum that make imaginative use of superior wire work and which do carry a sense of wonder to them.
The two-disc UK set is the uncut two-hour version (the US disc from Sony is quite heavily cut) and includes a good selection of extras - two very brief deleted scenes, interviews, trailer, music video, making of documentary, several featurettes and behind the scenes footage among them - but for some reason doesn't include the audio commentary from the Hong Kong DVD (which surprisingly has English subtitles for both the extras as well as the feature itself). As noted elsewhere, the subtitles on the Cantonese version also include the English dialogue as well, though with Chan's English accent that's not always a bad thing. The UK DVD also includes an English language dub which may be the first time someone has realised it's a better idea to hire an actor of Chinese origin to dub Chan rather than a generic American voice artist!