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Hard Boiled [Blu-ray] [1992] [US Import]

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  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041SI7AC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,734 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hard Boiled is without a doubt one of my favourite John Woo films, its up there with the likes of the Killer and Better Luck Tommorow. When I saw this dvd going for so cheap I was quick to snatch it up... The problem is, this prism leasure version, is the terrible english dubbed release.

If I knew that this version was dubbed, I sure as hell wouldn't of bought it. I love hard boiled, but this version does not do it justice.

The great performances, the stunning action scenes and the breathtaking editing syle of this film is cheapened by stupid american accents. I'm going to purchase the collector's edition soon to get the soundtrack this film truly deserves.

In short, if you can't be arsed reading subtitles... You shouldn't watch foreign films. These over-dubs need to stop, they cheapen so many great movies.

If you feel the same way as me, avoid the prism leasure version of this film.

I'm only giving it 3 stars cause this great film, even with the bad over-dudbbing, is still watchable. I'd usually give this 5.
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'John Woo is God' screamed the UK posters with somewhat gleeful blasphemously. Well, not quite, but in his long-passed Hong Kong prime he could certainly give the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse a run for their money.

The plot is elementary: renegade cop finds his destiny entwined with a mysterious hitman as he tries to track down a gang of gunrunners. Respect for human life is pretty low on the agenda: the cops here are more worried about the one of their own who gets killed than the couple of hundred innocent bystanders that get caught up in the crossfire (when one of the villains uses a waiter as a shield, it's the cop's bullets that kill him, while the logic of the police evacuating the patients of a hospital directly into the line of fire of several machine gun toting maniacs is bonkers even by HK action-movie standards). Although there are undercurrents of (highly selective) morality and divided loyalties, what Woo is about is action, with Hard Boiled offering more firepower in its two hours than Hollywood did in the entire 1990s.

There are some dazzling setpieces, with an interesting move from slow-motion to normal speed within individual shots, and for stylish violence Woo is hard to beat but, unfortunately, he overplays his hand with the hospital finale where the bodycount moves into four figures and the constant need to top himself leads to overkill, both literal and figurative. It's here that the film really needs to take a breather for a reel or so - the action, though occasionally repetitive (there is at least one Nexican standoff too many), is not the problem, the pacing is.
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Firstly, this to me this and The Killer, are the definitive John Woo films. Made relatively early in his career before Holywood heard of him. Full of super cool beautifully choreographed, almost balletic shoot outs. The film oozes that HK kinetic action style. Chow Yun-Fat is excellent to watch, as ever......BUT.....BUT.....this is the ridiculous dubbed version,which completely ruins the atmosphere, with awful american-english voice acting (where do they find these people??), hence the two stars.
Do yourself a favour, pick up the undubbed version. And while your at it, pick up "The Killer" as well. Then you're all set for a good night in! Nobody does it like John Woo.
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I bought this to replace my aged Video Cassette which is now so badly worn you can almost see through it. The DVD Collectors edition is excellent. I was thrown at first as the opening credits suggest its going to be a boxed version of the film, but afterwards it shifts to a full screen. Its an excellent re-mastered copy of what I regard as a classic and still John Woo's best.

Now for the film itself. Well I put it on when I received it to just watch the first five minutes to check the quality, which was a stupid thing to do because I was immediately sucked back into this action masterpiece and ended up watching the whole movie. This you must understand is a film I've watched more times than I can remember.

I hadn't watched it for some years, but John Woo's direction, the cast, the stunts, plot and just sheer pace and narrative just held me spell bound all over again. This film from 1991 doesn't use any CGI, so its three big action packed, stunt filled scenes are all real, no computers involved, just jaw dropping, bone crunching, explosive action packed cinema at its very best.

When John Woo made 'Broken Arrow' apparently John Travolta wasn't convinced he should do the movie with this 'unknown' Chinese director. It took Christian Slater going round to Travolta's house with a copy of Hard Boiled, and made Travolta sit down and watch it to get him to come on board.

The cover states 'Its better than a dozen Die Hards', oh yes, its true and in fact when I watch any action movie Hard Boiled is my yardstick, especially as John Woo didn't have access to any CGI, so very rarely does any modern 'action' movie measure up. In fact I've seen so many copy or even steal scenes from Hard Boiled its embarrassing.

So, before I ramble on any further, buy it.
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