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Police Story [DVD]
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2001
All I can do is reiterate the views of other reviewers! Superb DVD - at last a distributor who gives us EVERYTHING, nothing cut AND with the option to view in original Cantonese (with Jackie) or an English dubbed version (which isn't bad, except they use the name "Jackie Chan" instead of Chan Kar Kui for Jackie's character, which I find a bit irritating)! There is beautifully choreographed action all the way and amazing opening and closing stunts by Jackie and his stunt team. The story also has great comedy and dramatic elements and deserved its Best Picture Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. I loved the "mock fight" between Jackie and his stuntman Mars, so they could convince the female witness to move out of her house! The bonus materials are also terrific with an indepth interview by Jackie about the film and the stunts, especially the slide down the electric pole stunt at the end. If there is one Jackie Chan DVD a fan must have, this particular one is it. We also have more to look forward to next year from the same distributor!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2001
As for the film, well, its one of Jackie Chans best. It contains some of the best stunt-work youll see (will many of jackies team being sent to hospital because of the injurys sustained,(, and Jackie is on top form, as usual, doing all his own stunt work. The final fight lasts for 10 minutes, and it will take your breath away every time you watch it. The film also has great comody moments, a great cast, and a very emotional storyline.
As for the d.v.d, well, Hong Kong Legends have proved once again that they are the best company when it comes to releasing jackies greatest films on d.v.d. There are some great extras included such as a 20 minute interview with Chan himself, extra out-takes (6 mins in total), alternative ending, 30 minute animated biography with footage of all Jackies films, and an audio commentry with Bey Logan (who always gives a very impressive and interesting commentory.)
The only drawback with the d.v.d, is that the picture is flashy at some stages, and the sound effects are not as loud as they ought to be, the music taking over them, sort of runins the last fight scene, although this may vary depending on what sound set-up you have. O.k, you have to consider that the film is more than 15 years old now, and they have done a good job restoring it.
Overall, i reccomend everyone who likes action to go and buy this film (and watch it at least 4 times!!!). If you are a new jackie fan (i.e youve only seen Rush hour and so on, then i strongly urge you to get this film, because jackies shows what he can really do here.) and believe me, you wont believe what you are seeing!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT! AMAZING! SUPERB! AWESOME! What other words can I use to describe this film? Extremely popular with both Asian and Western audiences, this was the film that broke preconceptions about kung fu movies. It involves some of Jackie's best action sequences and stunts. They are simply stunning and will leave you literally breathless as you try to keep up with the intense frantic speed of the fighting sequences, especially during the climactic shopping precinct sequence. It also has the trademark Jackie Chan humour that have made his films so popular. I have to agree with Stephen Moore, the dubbed version is awful, as you can expect and also has various scenes missing. Buy the cantonese version.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2000
This film and it's sequel are argueably the best Chan money can buy. If you are yet to actually see a Jackie Chan film, START HERE! Here is a classic martial arts masterpiece and I cannot praise it highly enough, from the explosive shanty town intro to the epic punch up in the mall, this is non-stop action. Even Chan's use of humour(which I find to get in the way of the action in some films, occationally) is superb, as stated above. An added bonus is that this film gets better every time you watch it. This is mine and Jackie's favourite film for action(he has directed some drama) and I am amazed that nobody has yet reviewed this film. What are you waiting for? Go and buy it now! Go on! P.S.Make sure you buy the cantonese subtitled version, I haven't seen the dubbed version but it's probably rubbish since Jackie does not do his own voiceover!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2011
International superstar Jackie Chan has been delivering some of the best stunts and fights in his earlier career compared to his Hollywood outings and Police Story was his first breakthrough film to introduce audiences his blend of dangerous stunts and intense fights.

Story wise Police Story does not really do anything interesting but people do not go to see Jackie Chan deliver in story, they go to watch him beat people up and he does this plentifully. The film opens with a shoot out in a shanty town in HK before the destruction of the whole place with speeding cars through the whole town. Admist this chaos the audience can witness real stunt mean in the fray of the destuction and you get a real sense of danger. This is followed by Jackie pursuing a speeding bus and then hanging of the bus that is on the run. The opening alone should be worth the price of the film and is an indication of things to come. Through out the film the audience get to watch stunt men put to the test with some dangerous stunts scattered in the film.

Fight scenes occur regularly and they are of a high standard. Unlike Bruce Lee Jackie Chan takes on multiple opponents by ducking, weaving, avoiding and using props to fend of his attackers. More acrobatic movements are involved and Jackie Chan does get hit regularly making him seem vunerable for a brief moment. The final showdown at the shopping mall is testament to Jackie Chan's choreographing abilities; going through multiple opponents on the run, attacking with baseball bats, fists and feets, railings, motorbikes, all allowing Jackie Chan to dispatch them in style. The final daring stunt is also a sight to behold and it just goes to remind audiences why Jackie Chan has gained the fame he deserved.

Credit has to go the stunt team involved for they are there to make Jackie Chan look good. This is one of Jackie Chan's best work and it goes to show how poor his hollywood efforst have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
You have to wonder who on Earth would grow up wanting to be one of Jackie Chan's stunt team - looking at Police Story it's pretty obvious that you'll spend more time in the hospital than on the set. These guys aren't faking getting hurt - they really are getting hurt, and you don't need to see the end credits outtakes montage of them being carried away to work that out. But then, it's not as if Jackie Chan isn't sharing their pain. If it looks like there's a real sense of danger, that's because there was.

Filmed comparatively cheaply (part of it even in Chan's own house) as a reaction to Chan's disappointment with US co-production The Protector, it's a mixture of impressive action, lacklustre plotting and broad comedy - this is the kind of film where the moment you see a birthday cake you know it'll end up in someone's face (the motivation can be found in the deleted scenes on the US DVD if you're interested). If the comedy doesn't play so well with some Western audiences, there's no such qualms with the action, whether it's the 16-minute opening shanty town action scene that sees Chan hanging onto the outside of a speeding bus by an umbrella (and saw stuntmen hospitalised after a stunt stolen by Tango and cash went visibly wrong), an inventive fight scene in and around a car or the hardcore action finale in a shopping center where escalators, display cases, mirrors, lights, clothes racks and a motor bike (don't ask where that came from) all become deadly weapons. The bill for broken glass alone must have been huge, let alone the cost in broken bones.

It's not Chan's best film despite being one of his breakthrough hits, but it's certainly one of the best.

Since Amazon have unhelpfully lumped together all the reviews of various versions available, Dragon Dynasty's Region 1 NTSC DVD doesn't have as good or as clean a transfer as Hong Kong Legends' UK disc: it's acceptable but there's a lot of grain and its clear that they haven't spent too much time restoring it even if the print is clear. Where it scores is in the extras - deleted scenes, alternate outtakes, and an interview with Chan, and original trailer among them. By contrast, Hong Kong Legends' UK PAL DVD doesn't have the deleted scenes but does have an interview with Jackie Chan, a different audio commentary by Bey Logan, out-takes montage, stills photo gallery and original theatrical trailer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I have seen all of chan's movies and this is I feel his best work. I first watched this fine specimen at University and could not stop laughing! The end fight scene must be one of the best in film history with everything being used in the action from clothes rails to elevators etc. Very silly stuff but you will be glued to the screen, non stop action at its best. Watch out for Chan's spinning kick in the shopping mall at the end, amazing!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2010
Hope US or UK release these soooooon, Kam & Ronson is upscaled DVD's with awful picture and Audio.
What a waste and no caring for the fans and purchasers.
Stay away!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2010
Truly awful transfer despite the AVC/TrueHD 7.1 specs. Plus it's region A locked anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2006
"Dazzled" is probably a good word to describe how I felt when first viewing Police Story back in 1986. If, like me, you generally consider this to be top of the JC classic films list, then also like me, you've probably never looked at a shopping mall the same way since seeing the tremendously energetic and stunt filled finale.

If you've not feasted your eyes on this beauty before, then put your feet up and enjoy action escapism at it's best. Sure, there are a few slow sections - sure, the plot is not exactly award-winning and sure, the fashions of the mid eighties may seem corny as hell in places, but....... the bottom line is: Nobody does it better. And this film is incredibly influential. From the film-makers who have "borrowed" ideas, right down to the guy on the street perfecting an athletic leap over a garden gate rather than opening it (I still do it now).

I know when I watched it, all I had seen previously of Jackie's work was Drunken Master and Battlecreek Brawl (Top class films but a very diferent style) so the impact was heart-pounding!

Take a look at the films that were doing the rounds from Hollywood at the time - Beverley Hills Cop, Commando, to name just a couple. Hey, I think these are wicked films too but no way was there anyone in these "action" films swinging off a moving bus by an umbrella, kicking stuntmen back-flipping down escalators or through windows where the only thing that breaks their fall is the tennis court fifteen foot below! You have to ask three basic questions when watching the action:

No.1 Who has actually thought of this crazy idea or stunt?

No.2 What possessed these maniacs to even attempt such painful tom-foolery?

No.3 How the hell did they physically manage to do this stuff?

I'll let you work out the answers , but to do that - you have to get yourself a copy!

But control those urges when you see buses, walls, malls etc.
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