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Chinese Zodiac [Blu-ray] [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars astounding stunt work June 18 2014
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Clearly the most creative action choreographer and performer ever (okay, maybe in conjunction with Buster Keaton), Jackie Chan continues with Chinese Zodiac to present a different story to frame his artistry. I would love to see the full or extended version as this one is noticeably edited. It begins at a blistering pace and doesn't let up until maybe halfway thru, but the problem is the action and stunt work cannot be fully appreciated unless taken in full context. And as with several (many) of his films, the audio dubbing can be an issue - here it's intermittent with some subtitling over foreign languages. Still I wouldn't miss this film in any form. It's just easier to follow if you don't blink too much. Sadly there are no dvd extras, however the end credits show only a few of the "oops", and also a montage entailing much of his film career. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very great item April 27 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i like the way the item is protected you have done a very fine job keep it up i am proud
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cut version. March 25 2014
By S. Mansoori - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
109 minutes?!?! The Hong Kong version I bought last year is 123 minutes. Typical U.S. companies cutting scenes out to shorten the films for American audiences for no reason. I never understood that. People are paying almost $20, let them watch the full version. We have to let the distributors know that we don't want the quality standards lowered for us. It's offensive to all movie lovers in general.

That being said, this film is just okay.. Not Jackie's best. Some of the humor falls flat. Fans would still want to see it. Just don't buy this version. My copy also includes a 3D blu ray of the film. I have to say that the film is NOT good in 3D. Just watch it in 2D. I still give this blu ray 1 star!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Jackie Chan then you need this movie! March 25 2014
By XDIEX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Im shocked that I am the first to write a review for this!?! First off I have been a student of Martial Arts since i was a young boy and I look up to the greats like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li and so many others. Jackie Chan movies are always the most enjoyable because of his charisma, martial skill and stunts! Chinese Zodiac serves as the 3rd installment movie of his 2 older movies series Operation Condor or Armour of the gods (for all the diehards). The first 2 were amazing love those movies watched them many times over and over and I will do the same with this one! You can tell JC put a lot of time, effort and heart into making this movie and it shows. It has top notch Martial art/action, stunts, comedy, etc... it very much brings that old JC movie vibe back, Jackie you can tell made this one for the fans, it really is a great movie and good way to wrap up the Operation Condor trilogy.

The world needs more JACKIE CHAN!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still strong March 25 2014
By SnortSnort - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good story with an important message. It's not him running up walls, but the fight choreography is solid, and some of the stunts are creative. You'll enjoy it.

I just adore Jackie Chan. He has given me many years of jawdropping amazement. He is arguably the 'greatest'/'biggest' international star that there has ever been. Certainly the most nail-biting.

I'm glad to see a little hollywood slight-of-hand at the end. Sometimes I worry he's going to kill himself for our entertainment, and he's already more then paid his dues. Lately I find myself hoping to see him in more comedies or using his cinema skills to make the chinese culture more understandable for 'us westerners'.

But, he hasn't decided to mellow out yet. At one point of this movie, I found myself with my hand over my mouth repeating "ohmygodohmygodohmygod"

Stay for the lifetime collage at the end credits and my sentimental review will make more sense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The third act is where it's at in this Americanized version of "Chinese Zodiac". April 19 2014
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
You don't expect much of a plot in most Chan films and this one is pretty basic: JC (as he's referred to in the American dub--not as his Asian Hawk character that older fans of "Armour of God" and "Operation Condor" are familiar with) is an adventurer thief who, along with his crew, track down pricey artifacts many of which have been plundered from the treasure troves of many a country, including China. Oliver Platt shows up as a doughy scheming arts and artifacts broker and his appearance in a distinctly Asian film took me out of the film for a moment I must admit; he was a waste in this film. Anyway, JC and his crew are tasked to track down the twelve bronze heads of the Chinese Zodiac and get paid big bank if they get them all. What ensues is a focus on their first few conquests and it all feels haphazard with some quick editing and scene changes that would make a music video director feel at home. As Chan & co. (two younger men and a female partner) go on to ingratiate themselves with and bamboozle a group of young activists dedicated to the repatriation of national artifacts and a Parisian heiress interested in Chan's abilities to help her uncover what might have happened to her grandfather we are treated to Chan breaking into a rich Parisian's home and then narrowly escaping an attack by a group of Doberman pinschers and a trip to a southeastern tropical isle that feels like Chan is plumbing for some of that 'ol Indiana Jones plus Pirates of the Caribbean magic. But the magic just isn't there.

The scenes with the collector's bumbling security guards sticking up Chan's team with guns that aren't loaded (!) only to be shot at with real bullets from some south seas pirates (one looking more than a tad like Jack Sparrow) fulfills that old Keystone Cops feeling that Chan could pull off in some of his older films but it misses the Buster Keaton marks that made those films such classics. But fear not because the scene is about to change dramatically again after Chan's troupe decides to play nice and help the artifact activist's head science gal get her captured brother and friends back. Of course these kids were taken by some of the brokerage house's goons because the activists are succeeding in getting the public to back off of buying stolen national treasures.

Once we get to the goon squad's hangout, an underground high-tech factory that helps to restore and replicate lost antiquities and art, Chan faces off with a new person, a rival artifact hunter. The two have a couch fight (...yes, they fight while managing to stay in physical contact with a couch....) and this fisticuff leads into one frenetic fight sequence to another and, while not Chan's best (come on, dude is getting up there in age) it is quite entertaining and shows off some of that old Chan magic. This last third of the film that also includes a skydiving fight sequence saves the film (along with the opening sequence with Chan in a high-tech skateboard suit--it was fun and would have been fantastic if a younger Chan was able to apply himself to it). This portion of the film is why you see a JC film in the first place.

The feature is capped off in usual Chantastic fashion with a series of bloopers and missed stunts and a moving collage of sorts of scenes from his entire career but there are two additional ending points that I've never seen before in a Chan film: (1) Chan himself gives a brief voice of thanks to his worldwide fandom while patting himself on the back over how proud he is of his accomplishments and (2) there is a Guinness World's Record note at the end of the credits that cites Chan as holding the record for accomplishing the most stunts in movies by an actor who is still alive! As to the first point Chan's voice talking to the audience felt a little self-indulgent; if a popular American actor did this he would be endlessly mocked but Chan's that peculiar talent who is driven to connect with his audience so I get it. As to the second point...that's just totally cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic chan April 14 2014
By Gregory J. Ciallella - Published on Amazon.com
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If you already like (and who doesn't) Jackie chan, then this is another solid action flick in his stable. A great mixture of action, comedy, martial arts, and cheese. The acting is kinda bad, but that makes the movie even more enjoyable. Lots of cool (and dangerous) stunts. It is remescient of "Rumble in the Bronx" for comparison to style.
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