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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Stooges on overdrive
Surely there are no other three actors you could put together in a physical film, that would have such chemistry and timing as this trio. This is great stuff. Unlike some of the JC films of the eighties, you don't feel the need to fast forward the comedy scenes as it works quite well in a jolly sort of way - due to Jackie, Sammo & Yuen Biao's performance. But that said,...
Published on 7 Jun 2006 by Tezza

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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of DVD not the Movie..
This is a classic Jackie Chan,Samo hung & Yuen Biao romantic comedy movie which should not be missed...10 out of 10 for Jackie and the guys.

BUT...
This so called '2 disk special edition' is a BIG LETDOWN.
The main feature itself is a seriously cut version of the film. Having previously owned the VHS version i was surprised to see this dvd version has...
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by Worth Mentioning


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Three Stooges on overdrive, 7 Jun 2006
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Tezza (Sunny South of England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Dragons Forever (Platinum Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Surely there are no other three actors you could put together in a physical film, that would have such chemistry and timing as this trio. This is great stuff. Unlike some of the JC films of the eighties, you don't feel the need to fast forward the comedy scenes as it works quite well in a jolly sort of way - due to Jackie, Sammo & Yuen Biao's performance. But that said, it's the martial arts action that stands out as usual - every fight scene in "Dragons" is absoloutely blinding. And there are plenty of them to boot. Favourites to watch for are the boat scene where JC takes the female lawyer to lunch then finds himself fighting with a dozen or so henchmen while she's in the toilet (I know I know -those white socks), any of the scuffles between Jackie, Sammo and Yuen Biao peppered throughout the movie and pretty much the entire final reel where JC & YB take on loads and loads of bad guys in a breath-taking display of top class choreography, before a one-on-one between Jackie and Benny The Jet Urquidez (from Wheels on Meals - if you've seen it). Directed by Sammo Hung, rather than JC, a huge amount of time is given to fabulous hand to hand combat instead of big elaboate stunts. Plus, on the special features there is a fine selection of out-takes which did not appear as part of the original movie. Check out Bey Logan's commentary as well - his stories and insights are spot on as usual. Even though the film was allegedly made in a rush for Chinese New Year, this is a cracking example of Hong Kong action at it's peak!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Three Dragons' at their best, 28 Mar 2007
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This review is from: Dragons Forever (Platinum Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of the finest Chan/ Hung/ Biao films to have been made and features these three martial artists at the top of their game. I'm a big fan of the 'Three Dragon' franchise and I don't think you'll see fighters of this class all in one film any time soon. As always, you have to be a fan of this genre to get the most out of it but 'Dragons Forever' should prove a winner among the martial art nuts (like me!) out there.

The fight scenes are frenetic, yet fabulously choreographed so you don't miss a single karate chop. Sammo Hung's nifty direction works wonders here, exploiting the considerable talents of the stars to their full potential. The physical humour works perfectly, particularly when Jackie, Sammo and Yuen start laying into each other in Jackie's flat. And then there's the finale, as the trio take on a hilarious cigar-chomping baddie- I nearly cried with laughter at this bit!

I'd put this up with 'Project A' as a classic 'Three Dragons'. It's great fun, full of action and a worthy addition to a collector's shelf.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting action., 8 Dec 2011
Dragons Forever marks the last time that Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan appearing together in a feature film. The result is a fun film featuring some fantastic fight action. All 3 stars get to let loose in the film but the most screen time is given to Jackie Chan. Here he is given the mojority of fight scenes and they do not disappoint. The fights are frentic and hard hitting though featuring less acrobatic moves from the likes of Chan and even less death dying stunts that one might expect from Chan. The final throw down with Benny "the jet" Urquidez is amazing and they exchange fist and feet like one would expect from a kickboxing match, both being of equal skill levels. Though it does not quite live up to there first match-up "Wheels on Meals". Instead the more acrobatic movements is given to Yuen Biao who does some fantastic flips and kicks against kickboxer Billy Chow. Sammo Hung also enters the fray in some brutal fight scenes that appear painful for the poor stunt men on the recieving end. As always Sammo conveys great power and agility in his fights. The film also has a first ever brief fight between Jackie, Sammo and Biao which is great if a bit short.

The problem with the film comes in the form of logical story telling and any real emotions. Also the comedy is a bit hit and miss. During the slower periods of the film such as the romantic sequences or any real attempt at telling the story things become a bit of a bore. Unlike "Wheels on Meals" or Project A" where there was a perfect balance of successful comedy and action with good pacing, "Dragons forever" is more sparondic in terms of balance of action, comedy and romance.

HK action cinema fans will have a joy spotting the likes of Yuen Wah, Dick Wei, Yuen Cheung Yan, James Tien, Lau kar Wing and many regular faces of HK fight films. Though some appear to get punished by the likes of Chan and co. it is still a fun little distraction.

The picture quality is great and the wealth of extras on offer is a fantastic supplementary to the film. With interviews with Brad Allen, Andy Cheng and Joe Eigo. Each gives fascinating insight in there careers as stunt men. A Making of featurette with interviews with Benny "the Jet", Sammo Hung, Yuen Wah and for some reason Brett Ratner(WTF). with a few other extras that round of the package making it the definitive version to view.

Recommended for fight fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Happy (Chinese) New Year romp!, 7 Feb 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dragons Forever (Platinum Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Dragons Forever is a typical Chinese New Year movie with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao delivering the required mix of comedy and action in a formulaic, forgettably plotted but highly enjoyable number that showcases them at the height of their powers and agility amid much Three Stooges style tomfoolery. A villain who looks like Gary Numan after particularly bad plastic surgery and some dubious sexual politics make it look its age (vintage 1988), and it does have the single most obvious piece of stunt doubling ever for Chan (a high kick repeated from two different angles, and all too clearly looking like someone completely different each take), but it's infectiously enjoyable enough to let that slide.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of DVD not the Movie.., 25 Feb 2012
This is a classic Jackie Chan,Samo hung & Yuen Biao romantic comedy movie which should not be missed...10 out of 10 for Jackie and the guys.

BUT...
This so called '2 disk special edition' is a BIG LETDOWN.
The main feature itself is a seriously cut version of the film. Having previously owned the VHS version i was surprised to see this dvd version has even more cuts than the old VHS with numerous scenes cut including most of yuen biao's comedy scenes and also at least 2 fight scenes of Jackie Chans.
The Special features disk does have a nice interview with jackie,samo & yuen (all filmed seperately) but the remaining special features are quite strange to say the least.. one with Bey Logan showing us around certain places in Hong Kong that were (get this) 'much like' the filming location of certain scenes in the movie but unfortunately they were not the locations at all(apart from 1 location in a car park..although the fight scene in this release was some 3 mins shorter than the original).
All in all, don't bother with this release as you may be able to find an import version which has not been shredded by Bey Logan/Hong Kong Legends.
I'm thankful to have picked up the original release in Hong Kong recently with no cuts and also featuring the original soundtrack with english subs and deleted scenes.

Avoid this release unless you have no other choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good chan offering., 4 April 2012
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jeremiah harbottle (Littlebourne, Kent.) - See all my reviews
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prior to a previous review about "dragons forever," i couldn't spot any scenes that had been cut or tampered with during the running time. on disc 2, there are 2 previously deleted scenes which might add a bit more to the plot.
with regards to the film, i enjoyed it very much. as always, we get to see jackie put his life on the line as he almost effortlessly performs those daring stunts that he's known for.
hung and biao provide brilliant support, especially sammo hung who has a natural gift for comedy and slapstick.
the climax is a great one in the drugs factory, although it got a bit too nasty at times, in comparison with other chan pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dragons forever, 10 April 2009
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David Leggett (williamston,nc usa) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dragons Forever (Platinum Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
dragons forever is one of the best of jackie,s films some of the greatest stunts i have seen. the 2 disc platinum hk edition is a must-have for any serious collector. the extra features on disc 2 were very interesting as well.benny the jet,s interview and billy chow,s were very entertaining as well.thanks,david
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best, 20 Mar 2013
this is by far one of my favorite martial art movies of all time.

It has jackie chan of course, sammo hung, yuen biao, benny the jet and yuen wah!

The fighting is incredible and the story line is very good and well thought too!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 13 Dec 2012
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This movie rocks, the action and comedy are top notch. Jackie, Sammo, and Yuen Biao shine. If you want action you get plenty here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Wait!, 7 Mar 2012
This review is from: Dragons Forever [DVD] (DVD)
Dragons Forever is directed by Sammo Hung, and stars Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung.
Let me just open by saying that the Danish import version of Dragons Forever is a movie that no lover of Hong Kong martial arts cinema should be without. The Danish import version specifically because it contains the original English dub, which as far as I know, is unavailable on any other release of the film. While I don't usually insist on watching dubbed versions of Chinese films, in this case the English soundtrack is so well done that it actually improves upon an already great film, and is certainly the version that most true 'Chan fans would have grown up with. Those churning out the characterless, modern English dubs on recent releases should take note as this is how a soundtrack should be done. These days it is very difficult to find (believe me I've been looking)and I highly recommend obtaining a copy.
As for the story itself - it's nothing really outstanding, but it does provide an excuse for a great collaboration (possibly the greatest) between the three brothers - Jackie, Samo and Yuen Biao. As with most Chan films of this period, light hearted action is the order of the day. There are many well choreagraphed sequences combining martial arts and comedy - no surprises there - but it has always been my opinion that Jackie looks much better on screen when directed by Sammo than when he, himself is behind the camera. As director, I suspect Sammo had the biggest hand in staging the fight sequences, although both his and Jackie's stant man teams are credited. The film has a very slick, modern look and is holding its age quite well. The comedy translates well throughout and, although light-hearted, there is enough substance in the film to make it much more than just a collection of great action sequences. Fans of Yuen Biao's nimble footed antics will certainly not be disappointed as he has rarely looked better.
Benny "The Jet" Urquidez appears as henchman to Yuen Wah's particularly nasty main villain and squares off with Chan for the film's final fight. Fans will remember Urquidez and Jackie going toe to toe in the outstanding "Wheels on Meals". While this 2nd confrontation isn't quite on a par with their original bout, it certainly will not disappoint and makes an exciting finale to a truly great film.
In closing, I can simply not recommend the film highly enough. If light-hearted action comedy films are your cup of tea then you will surely enjoy Dragons Forever (region 2 import). Purchase a copy immediately!
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