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Cop On A Mission Region 2 DVD review

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>COP ON A MISSON</TD><TD WIDTH="40"><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/UKeighteen.php' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/images/cert18.gif' ALIGN='RIGHT' ALT='Certificate 18' BORDER='0'></A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed March 2005 by <A HREF="?dvdid=Simon Crust" STYLE="color: white">Simon Crust.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/CopOnAMission/CopOnAMissionR0.jpg" ALT="COP ON A MISSON DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>COP ON A MISSON (2001)<B><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=CRIME">CRIME</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ACTION">ACTION</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=MARCO MAK">MARCO MAK</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SUKI KWAN">SUKI KWAN</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ANYA">ANYA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ERIC TSANG">ERIC TSANG</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=DANIEL WU">DANIEL WU</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>0</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(UK)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Tai Seng Entertainment</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Price</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">19.99</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">1</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">102 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">1</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Filmographies<BR>Artwork Gallery<BR>Audio Commentary<BR>Trailers<BR>Character Biographies</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>7</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The year is 1991. The film is Deep Cover. It is a little known undercover cop action film staring Larry Fishburne, before he changed his name to a far more commercial Laurence Fishburne, and found fame and fortune. The premise was simple, at least on the surface, take a rookie cop, and erase his identity so that he can infiltrate a drugs syndicate. However, the further and further he gets into the syndicate, the more questionable his actions, until we hear the tag line of the film; “I’m not a cop playing a drugs dealer, I’m a drug dealer playing a cop!” In 2001, Marco Mak, an editor by trade, directs Cop on a Mission, the story of a cop, placed undercover within a crime syndicate, and as time goes on begins to enjoy the life of crime to such a point it becomes his life. Spot a similarity? Now, I’m not going to suggest a remake/reinterpretation by Mak, gawd knows Hollywood is the master of that. I just wanted to point it out.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"> Mike (Daniel Wu from Gen X Cops and Around the World in 80 Days) is a struggling young cop, short on money but content with his girlfriend. After his suspension for emptying his gun at a botched heist in a diner, he is recruited, by his mentor, into the undercover unit and charged with infiltrating the feared triad gang the Four Kings, headed by Brother Tin (Eric Tsang from Infernal Affairs and Eat a Bowl of Tea). After saving Tin’s wife Pauline (the delicious Suki Kwan from High Risk and Centaury of the Dragon) Mike is quickly promoted through the ranks. He lives the life he can only dream of in his ‘real’ life, becoming a hard vicious killer and all the while bedding Tin’s wife. When his cover is nearly blown due to the capture of a fellow undercover agent that agrees to talk, Mike kills him without feeling any remorse. Starting to love this lifestyle he decides to take over the triad gang, and sets a plan in motion that will ultimately cost him more than he bargained for.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">As stated above this is not an original story; neither is its direction. Mak borrows many techniques and styles from many directors. The shootouts from Woo, the story telling from Lam, the style of Lau and puts them all together in one movie. On the whole it is quite pleasing, though there are a few flaws. I’m all for non-chronological story telling, but I wasn’t happy about knowing how the film was going to end from the very first shot. Plus Mak’s attempts at ‘sexy’ are rather too slow and, well boring. Finally, borrowing is ok but copying is just wrong, the afore mentioned diner shoot out seems to be lifted from Hard Boiled, just not as juicy or polished. There was also a murder at a dinner table by Tin the crime boss that was lifted straight from The Untouchables. On the plus side, the character dynamics are very interesting. Each is given a back story to help explain their actions, and though delivered in a rather hockey voice over for the most part, did give a depth to the characters sometimes lacking in other Asian action films. Wu’s characterisation of Mike carries the film; his decent is fascinating to watch. As the homely cop he is contempt not top be rich, but wants to out shine his father’s great cop shadow. Taking that first bribe was easy; from then onwards every decision condemns him to his ultimate fate. Kwan is radiant as Pauline, showing enough venerability and longing as the suffering wife trapped in a sexless marriage, yet with enough steel when it counts that underlies her characters motives. The only weak link must be Tsang, whose characterisation of Tin seems to be a rather poor rip off of Brando as the Vito Corleone and Col Walter Kurtz. Even with these obvious flaws Cop on a Mission is still a compelling film, and as a film is good choice by Tai Seng Entertainment as their first release to the UK market.</p> </TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>5</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The film is presented as a theatrically correct 2.35:1 ratio anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs with an average bitrate between 3-5 Mbps. On the whole the picture is not great; the image is soft, a bit dark and with too much red saturation. There is plenty of print damage too as flecks, white specks and other dirt marks. This is all due to the poor original print used, its long be known that Asian cinema is not the best at looking after their product; however things are getting much better, so it appears that there has been little to no clean up of this print and it shows because digitally there are no compression problems, neither is there any edge enhancement. A little clean up, tidy up the colours and sharpen the image this could have been great.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=CopOnAMission/CopOnAMission_1.jpg" ALT="COP ON A MISSON"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>4</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Even though the press release accompanying my copy list Mandarin and Vietnamese sound tracks, this promotional copy only had Cantonese Dolby digital 5.1. Just like the video this too is sadly rather poor. Encoded at a mere 384 Kbps, and sounding very thick and dull with little to no use from the rears, this is one disappointing track. The tonal level is wrong, everything sounds like it had been played through a bucket of water. There is little to no separation, practically nothing being sent to the rears. The only good point was the gunshots that did gain the tiniest thump from the LFE, but even that cannot save a dull, dreary track. Once again, just the smallest amount of digital cleaning would have brightened the sound dramatically, even without the full rear usage a clean, clear track can still sound good, this one does not.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">A quick word on the subtitles, they are in a large white font and positioned mostly in the lower black bar of the widescreen TV. This is good, what is not so good is the rather poor English and grammar, something that is a problem for a lot of HK releases, so we shall forgive this. What I cannot forgive though is their very poor timing, they pop onto the screen <i>after</i> the person has stopped speaking, while this can largely be ignored when there is only one person on screen, with two in an argument, it is very difficult to keep up with who is saying what!</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=CopOnAMission/CopOnAMission_2.jpg" ALT="COP ON A MISSON"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>0</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">According to the press release I received with this promotional only copy this disc contains an audio commentary, filmographies, biographies, artwork galleries and trailers. However, all that was on my review disc was a trailer for Red Trousers a ‘film within a film’ about Asian stuntmen. Hopefully there is more on the actual retail disc…..</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=CopOnAMission/CopOnAMission_3.jpg" ALT="COP ON A MISSON"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>4</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">As the first entry into the UK market for Tai Seng Entertainment, Cop on a Mission is not a good advert. This fine film is spoilt by being a terrible product; and it is not a good enough film to over look the flaws in its packaging as it is. T.S.E. really need to pull their finger out if they want to gain a piece of the UK market because this is simply not good enough, even as a budget release (which this is not) it is a shoddy product.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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