One day, I got the itch. The itch to buy a box set of films I have never heard of. I enjoy Hong Kong films so I decided to give the Mad Mission collection a shot. I can tell you it's not money wasted.
The box set contains the first four films in the Mad Mission series (Sadly the fifth film Mad Mission V: The Taracatta Hit is not present) with Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice being exclusive to this box set.
Apparently these films are better known in Asia as Aces Go Places and are extremely popular over there (should be since they made 5 films). These films are an interesting mish-mash of genre's. First of all they are action films with amazing (but sometimes too staged) stunts. Second they are comedies with slapstick. Third they are spy spoofs making multiple references to James Bond and Mission: Impossible. These make for an incredibly fun time.
The main characters of the film is a bumbling bald headed cop that makes friends with a high class jewel thief. All the main characters are present throughout the films.
Out of all the films, I found the first film to be the strongest (as usual with film series). It just mixed the action and comedy perfectly. The second film is more of the same. The third film (directed by Tsui Hark, famous for his Once Upon a Time in China epics with Jet Li) takes a little of a nose dive as it just gets a little too goofy. Fans of James Bond will get a kick out of this entry though as it does have cameos by Jaws of The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and Oddjob of Goldfinger. The fourth film does the complete opposite as famed Hong Kong director Ringo Lam takes the series in a dark, serious direction.
Anchor Bay does a great job at transferring the discs into 16x9 widescreen but sadly the discs lack special features (only trailers to speak of). The box itself is also cheap cardboard and the covers to the movies look like cheap photo shop renditions. The films are also only offered in their dubbed forms so people wanting subtitles are sadly out of luck. The only other problem is that the set doesn't come with Mad Mission V. Still the box set is well worth it but sadly is out-of-print but still can be obtained at rather low prices.
On a side note I found it funny how all the sequels use the number in the title differently. Mad Mission Part 2, Mad Mission Part III, Mad Mission 4, and Mad Mission V. This just further proves on tongue-in-cheek the films series is.