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The Superbit titles utilize a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. These titles have been produced by a team of Sony Pictures Digital Studios video, sound and mastering engineers and comes housed in a special package complete with a 4 page booklet that contains technical information on the Superbit process. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format.
Film fans might someday recognize 1997 and '98 as the years Hong Kong came to Hollywood. Stars Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li, and Michelle Yeoh all appeared in major Hollywood projects and directors John Woo, Ronny Yu, and Tsui Hark directed Face/Off, Bride of Chucky, and Knock Off, respectively. Another entry into this new era of entertainment is The Big Hit, directed by Che-Kirk Wong (who also directed Jackie Chan in Crime Story), executive produced by John Woo, and produced by Wesley Snipes. Mark Wahlberg leads this all-American cast in a played-for-laughs macho blowout. Rounding out the testosterone brigade are Lou Diamond Phillips (sprouting a gold-capped tooth and a dirty mouth), Bokeem Woodbine (who, according to this DVD's director audio track, wore extra socks where it counts), Antonio Sabàto Jr., and Avery Brooks. Wahlberg plays Melvin Smiley, a nice-guy hit man with an ulcer and a severe insecurity problem. He's short on cash due to the spending habits of his unsuspecting fiancée Pam (Christina Applegate) and his girlfriend-on-the-sly Chantel (Lela Rochon). He and his crew decide to do a little freelancing and cook up their own heist to make a little mo' money--specifically by kidnapping Keiko (China Chow), the daughter of a Japanese businessman whom they target for ransom. Little do they know her dad is broke and she's the goddaughter of their boss. The Big Hit has action scenes aplenty (one of the stunt coordinators worked on Woo's The Killer and Bullet in the Head) and the same cornball sense of humor as other films in the Hong Kong action genre. Slick pacing and over-the-top humor made this movie a miss with the critics but a fun ride for fans of Hong Kong-styled action. --Shannon Gee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Tongue-in-check comedy sorely missing today. Wahlburg before he became self-conscious, and the other cast members have rarely been heard from since in anything meaningful.Published 18 months ago by puckstop63
In a word, dreadful. Only slightly redeemed by the action in the last act. China Chow's first movie and she is adorable. Save your money for Shooter, later Mark Wahlberg.Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Terry Rutherford
this movie blew me away.it is absolutely brilliant.it seamlessly
combines action,comedy,awesome dialogue,with shamelessly over the top
fighting,and stunt work. Read more
This movie is total garbage. My friend brought it by and we watched it and it was so bad I had to come on here and write a review. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Gabe
this movie kicked. it was pure fun baby. it's about 4 hit men who kidnap a daughter of a wealthy movie actor and then later find out that they kidnapped their boss's goddaughter. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by Michael Bolts
Director Kirk Wong and a handful of well-known producers had the seemingly brilliant idea to parody the recently-imported style of Hong Kong action cinema. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2003 by Crazy Jim
I couldn't have had more fun with this movie if I tried.
'The Big Hit' goes under comedy the same way 'Idle Hands' does. Read more
How to _best_ praise THE BIG HIT, I asked myself ? To first mention the ONLY thing I did _not_ care for ... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002