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Twin Warriors [Import]
From private collection, played only a few times. Tape and box in very good condition. In stock, ships immediately, no custom's duties when ordered in Canada. 100% satisfaction.
Two young men--Jun-Bo (Jet Li) and Chin-Bo (Chin Siu Ho)--were taken in as boys by the monks of the Shaolin Temple, the famous school for martial arts. Jun-Bo is thoughtful and kind, but is easily swayed to misbehavior by the bullying, rebellious Chin-Bo. Their disobedient ways finally get them evicted in disgrace (after a fight with the entire school), and they wander to a nearby town, where they meet two attractive women, Miss Li (Fannie Yuen) and Siu Lin (Michelle Yeoh, a.k.a. Michelle Khan), who are part of a rebel band fighting a corrupt overlord. Chin-Bo's lust for wealth and status leads him to join forces with the overlord. Chin-Bo's treachery drives Jun-Bo insane; Jun-Bo's gradual recovery leads him to develop the discipline of tai chi, with which he ultimately topples the overlord. This plot summary of Twin Warriors doesn't do the movie justice; hardly 10 minutes go by without another spectacular fight sequence--and one of the great things about Hong Kong action movies is that women can often fight as well as the men. Early on in the movie, Siu Lin is searching for her lost husband; when she finds him, she gets into a knock-down, drag-out fight with her husband's new wife. It's unfortunate that the English language script is poor; though the characters are broad and melodramatic, they don't have to be as goofy as the dubbing makes them. Even so, it's a strong outing for Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, two of Hong Kong's action superstars. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The image quality is average at best. No apparent work whatsoever seems to have been done in order to "clean" the movie in any way: it is blotchy and uneven, with tons of horrible movement artifacts that makes it hardly any better than a good quality DVD. And for an encore, a bonus insult to the "Collector" if you prefer, you can see the wires(!!) used in the fight scenes to prop up the actors in the air...great.
The sound fares even worst if you can believe it. Surround sound is way to loud compared to the voices, ridiculously so, making the whole experience of watching this movie even more painful: action scenes where, per example, chairs breaking and hitting are ridiculously loud whilst you barely hear the dialogues(barely exaggerating..).
So, while I like this movie, this horrible release does not hold a light to it. Very disappointing indeed.
The martial-arts sequences are wonderfully staged; I just wish director Yuen Woo Ping could have restrained himself as to the number of cliched trickeries. By the fifth time Tienbao (Chin Siu Hou) flies through the air or slides on the ground from an attack, I was almost yawning. Similarly, Yuen is riddled with his usual bad habits -- overly accelerated editing that often results in disorientation rather than excitement; pacing that's mindlessly fast, resulting in zero dramatic effect in all of the acting and writing elements. So all we have left is Jet Li's marvellous athleticism and not much more -- nothing close to the nuances and emotional impact of Fist of Legend. When you keep Yuen out of arm's reach of the camera he functions much better (as in The Matrix). As a director, all he's good for is choreography -- just look at Chin Siu Hou, so effective in Fist of Legend but a complete stereotype here. And the comedy is crude, a hit-or-miss affair.
Thank God Jet Li's advanced beyond Yuen Woo Ping's limited hand. With the more devilish of his hidden traits beginning to reveal themselves alongside his jaw-dropping fighting ability and screen charisma, Li is poised for greatness.
This film plays the classic elements of revenge, loyalty, betrayal, and the clearly emerging deliniation, and struggle, between Good and Evil, quite well. Admittedly, some of the wire-work is fantastic, but it lends, not detracts from, the epic scale of the story. Jet Li portrays the "good guy" extremely well, with Michelle Yeoh in a very good supporting role and contributing one of the movie's best one-on-one fight scenes.
I saw this film at the theaters almost ten years ago, when it was first released, and it is still on my personal, "top 10" list of the best kung-fu movies I've ever seen.
Top international reviews
action packed. I liked the fight scenes. I think the plot is somewhat original.
Picture quality: 4/5
Looks improved to old Dimension DVD. Higher details and better sharpness. Of course the colours looks stronger. 1 bad
thing is that with benefit of HD quality, you get to see all wires in this film. I didn`t notice them so much when i watched it
SD quality.This is of course because of the much high resolution, contrast and improved quality.
Audio quality: 4/5
I compared all 3 tracks, and i did find the English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track the best of the 3. The music, dialog and
the new foley effects in the fight scenes sounds crisp and clear. The original effects sounds dated and poorer. The
American Blu-ray doesn`t have any of the audio tracks in lossless quality, so this is the best edition to get.
To Cut to the chase one seeks Power the other Knowledge and understanding but both lose their way and have different ways to solve their problems, its a serious and funny film too but in the end evil becomes so strong that only the (One will servive.)
Check this great film out its full of magical action that leaves a lasting impression.08/10