I have seen this a number of times on the normal DVD format but have upgraded to the Blu Ray version. This is a top film with Chow-Yun Fat with plenty of shootouts with guns that never seem to need a new round but who cares great night viewing. On the blu ray side of things a little disappointed being honest it's not any better than the remastered edition so save your money and just upscale the picture sharpness and colour is really no different. So this will only get a 4 star due to the blu ray not being as good as it should be.
Wow! the added scenes really flesh out the characters and their relationships as was originally intended. I can't stress enough that this is what fans actually want and deserve. It frustrates me, as it probably does everyone, when editors chop out bits for 'pacing reasons'. Lord of the Rings can keep audiences glued for over 3 hours at a time, because it's all good! So why pinch out 15 mins? The chopped out scenes needed to be reinstated, and thank god we can now get it on blu ray.
And for those reviewers who say the picture quality is poor, ignore them, it's beautiful! I've vowed to get everything on BD now, even tv shows, because the cameras are so much better then they used to be, and obviously affordable, so DVD is doomed, long live BD! (until 3D becomes domesticated, of course)
One for the fans, absolutely, treat yourself to a better replacement!
Mira Sorvino saves this movie from being another identikit Hollywood wannabe-chinese actioner. Her ID forger has history, character and heart written all over her face, and she manages to hold her own against Chow Yun Fat's conflicted assassin without ever feeling like "the girl sidekick". This helps to elevate the movie from 'good' to very good, as does Antoine Fuqua's direction. The action scenes are all brutal and well handled, the gunplay fast and furious. Michael Rooker is good despite bizarrely distracting facial hair, as a little-used cop, his role largely just an excuse to have Chow on the run from a Chinese mob boss and his teams of hitmen when Chow refuses to carry out that "one last hit". It's a good gunplay actioner with several impressive set-pieces, and despite an oddly flat moment during the final shootout, it remains highly enjoyable. Well worth a watch.