Connected Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Gerard Magnier, 26th May 2009
Based on ‘Cellular’, which was released in 2004, ‘Connected’ was released four years later by HK director Benny Chan. The story involves a debt collector named Bob as he sets out to save a damsel in distress (Grace) following her abduction by a ruthless gang of drug dealers. ‘Connected’ is a frantic chase through the vast open space of Hong Kong as Bob rushes from the desolate highlands surrounding the sprawling city to the bustle of Hong Kong International Airport in an effort to rescue Grace. As is to be expected from Chan the action levels are pushed to their limits although some suspension of belief is required. Overall this is a highly entertaining piece of action fodder.

The video presentation is somewhat of a mixed bag with some of the scenes appearing soft and washed out in comparison to others. The level of detail is impressive but this is definitely not demo material. The audio presentation is much stronger and features a powerful 5.1 LPCM surround track. With this action laden movie there’s plenty of surround and subwoofer activity throughout.

Unfortunately the extras do not have any English subtitles, aside from the “Making Of” feature. The additional supplements do seem to contain some interesting material but with the lack of subtitles (or a translator!) the content was difficult to decipher. Overall this is a must for all Benny Chan fans.

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