Bulletproof Monk: Special Edition DVD Review

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by Phil Hinton Sep 1, 2003 at 12:00 AM

    Bulletproof Monk: Special Edition DVD Review
    SRP: £26.99


    Presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic widescreen the image looks very good overall and has plenty of detail on show. However there are some flaws present and the most disappointing of these is a general softness which comes and goes throughout. Close ups are generally very good with detail on show, but any medium to long shots suffer from this soft look. Colours on the other hand are very good with good saturation and no sign of any bleed or blooming. Some of the darker scenes hold up well but there seems to be a lack of any real shadow detail which is likely attributed to the softness of the transfer. The print can also be regarded as very clean with no signs of edge enhancement making itself know. All in all this is an acceptable transfer but not as good as it could have been.
    Bulletproof Monk: Special Edition Picture


    Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kbps) the sound mix is very lively and adds well to the action onscreen. The track makes good use of the action moments and at times becomes very aggressive, with plenty of split surround action. Dialogue is well produced and intelligible throughout. The LFE channel is also used to its full potential with some deep explosions and gun fire making good use of the bottom end. This soundtrack scores good points but is nothing special.
    Bulletproof Monk: Special Edition Sound


    The extras presented here include two commentary tracks, one with the Director and Producers and the other with the writers. Both are interesting enough but unless you are a real fan of the movie I doubt they will ever get listened to. Next are two featurettes which although interesting they tend to use stock footage over again and are no more than electronic press kit efforts. Moving on from here are deleted scenes with commentary, Photo galleries and Trailers for the movie and video games.
    Bulletproof Monk: Special Edition Extras


    A film that had potential but fails by a long way to succeed, presented with acceptable audio visuals and extras.
    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £26.99

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