Gen-X Cops

Manufacturer: Columbia

Price: $25

Sound: Dolby 2.0, Dolby 5.1

Format: widescreen

Languages: Cantonese, English

Subtitles: English, French

Extras: 30-minute featurette, 55 minutes of deleted scenes/alternate takes, Jackie Chan bio, music video, trailers

Well, hooray, hooray, hooray. Someone at a US studio finally got their head out of their ass and decided it would be a good idea to not to hack up and re-dub a HK film for its release here. This is probably the best-looking and sounding DVD I have seen of a Hong Kong film, and should (if things go right) set the stage for other quality re-releases of HK movies. The extras are pretty cool; the behind-the-scenes stuff (while a lot of it is fluff) is actually kind of interesting. I didn't know that the young actors did almost all their own stunts. The deleted scenes are kind of cool also, but one ultimately sees why they were cut because they don't really add all that much to the film as a whole. My major complaint about this DVD is that (besides some cheesy voices in the English dub, but I guess that's to be expected) the English subs are on all the time. This got to be very annoying later in the movie when all the characters were speaking English. It's especially puzzling since the featurette and deleted scenes don't suffer from this problem.

Rating: ***

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