The Weird the Bad and the Ugly
Heather Hibbs | United States | 12/23/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"These are five of the worst movies I have ever seen.
The only one worth the plastic it is encoded on is Master with Cracked Fingers. Even that contains scenes blatently chopped from Drunken Master (a true Chan classic), and for the grand finale Jackie has mysteriously disappeared, replaced by a barely adequate stand-in.
In Young Tiger, Jackie is miscast in an uncomfortable bad-guy role with a horrible, hairy mole on his cheek.
Fantasy Mission Force is just plain bizarre, with Chan appearing only occassionally. At least when he does show up, he's in classic Jackie Chan form. This is in stark contrast to his unfortunate roles in Young Tiger and Eagle Shadow Fist.
Eagle Shadow Fist is a fairly standard kung fu flick...in which Jackie is killed off in the first half of the movie. I can't comment on the rest of the movie because I turned it off after that.
Fire Dragon is, perhaps, the worst of all. It isn't even its own movie, it is a hacked up, alternate version of Fantasy Mission Force. Many scenes were blatantly chopped from Fantasy Mission Force and dropped awkwardly into Fire Dragon, overdubbed with completely different English dialogue. Weird! Fantasy Mission Force was bizarre to begin with, but hacked up and rearranged into Fire Dragon, it is completely baffling.
The only way I could recommend anybody to ever purchase this set of films, is if you really want to own five of the worst movies you'll ever see. Fantasy Mission Force, and its hacked up sibling, Fire Dragon, are so incredibly strange and awful, they're almost worth watching on that basis alone. Master with Cracked Fingers has its moments, but is ultimately disappointing on several levels (not the least of which is Jackie's absence in the big finale). Eagle Shadow Fist and Young Tiger might be tolerable for their genres, but certainly not for Jackie Chan fans.
Do not buy this set expecting to see the Jackie Chan we all know and love, or you will be bitterly disappointed. If you are looking for classic, early Jackie Chan, I highly recommend Drunken Master.
William Bryan Harrell III | Greenfield, MA, USA | 11/04/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a Jackie Chan fan then you will vomit when you see the films in this "collection". They are horrible and this one is certain that Mr. Chan would like nothing more thten to have them disappear.
This "collection" of garbage was a huge disappointment and this one would never recommend this to anyone under any circumstances.
The person who produced this set should be hunted down and publically flogged while being forced to repeatedly watch each second of each disc without mercy. Surely, that must be what hell is like!"