Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Liu Ye, Barbie Hsu, Flora Chan
Director: Benny Chan
Genres: Indie & Art House
A fun Blu that no one will see...
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 07/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a challenging BD, but by the time I managed to get through the entire package I was surprised with the quality and happy with having spent the money.
This is almost a carbon copy of Cellular, and in this case we actually have a Hong Kong film being based on a prior American release (I can think of a couple hundred in my store that go in the opposite direction of HK/Asia to US). I have to say though this film managed to have its own unique feel, competent direction, excellent Blu quality and is wholeheartedly better that that Basinger mess.
Content wise, this managed to get in the obligatory over the top car chase scenes, slightly corny acting, a couple solid supporting performances, nice HK skylines, and some pretty cool cell phones. This one runs in at 110 minutes of some excellent Blu clarity, both indoors and out, coupled with a unique choice of language/sound options. I chose to go with the LPCM 5.1 over the Original Dolby 5.1 or Mandarin 5.1. The sounds can be hit and miss in this option, but I preferred what I was hearing with my setup over the others. The subtitle options are almost endless with multiple Chinese, English, Korean and Bahasa formats. This was one of only two faults I found with the product as the English sub translations were grammatically atrocious at times. I am going to ask one of my Chinese speaking customers to watch this and let me know how the actual translation was.
The special features are great (all on disc 2). They include a solid 38 minute behind the scenes that covers each action scene I had question about; But what made this favorable was there was no narration, no interviews, nothing - just the logistics (Soultanakis-like). The "making-of" supplement covers all of that fluffy stuff with the interviews and clips interlaced with some corny narratives. There is over 38 minutes of deleted scenes and 9 minutes of alternate scenes, which includes the only other fault I found with this set as I could not get the subs to work here, so I could only watch and assume what they were saying. This disc is an All-Region coded DVD.
Comparing this film directly to Cellular, Connected wins in every category. This A/B/C region coded BD with the DVD supplement disc makes for a great product, especially for those HK action fans searching for that under the radar movie with good stunts, nice car chase work and competent Blu clarity."