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Demoniac Flash DVD Review (Region 0)

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  1. Sigismund

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/DemoniacFlash/DemoniacFlashR0.jpg' ALT='DEMONIAC FLASH DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>DEMONIAC FLASH</FONT><br>Reviewed September 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Mark Haywood&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Mark Haywood</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 3</B></P><P><b>Demoniac Flash</b> is a strange title and an even stranger movie lurks within. Things start off okay – Anthony Wong plays Mo, who after seeing his son run down by a large truck immediately finds himself struck down with a severe case of what is clearly neurotic paralysis, although this kind of gives the game away later on in the movie. And so the horror begins… or at least what is clearly <I>meant</I> to be horror. The ingredients are here – tormented father; attractive female co-star, Nicola Cheung (May), who suffers a rather distressing case of nightmarish dream premonitions; May’s love interest – played by Ken Wong Hap-Hei (NAME HERE) - and Ken Wong’s sister and social worker Natalie Ng, who unfortunately seems much more like a screaming schoolgirl than a social worker. Despite these mainstay elements, what transpires is a hotchpotch of scenes thrown together in something that clearly aspires to reach the style and intelligence of movies such as A Tale Of Two Sisters and Juon: The Grudge. Sadly, Demoniac Flash fails miserably, and we’re left with a bit of a pointless waste of time.</p><P>Somehow the main characters find themselves thrown together in what is, ultimately, a rather haphazard fashion and the storyline – what little of it there is – simply doesn’t flow at all and merely comes across as terribly disjointed and confusing. The loosely translated English subtitles don’t help matters, and with such a vast array of grammatical errors causing “Hang on a second, that doesn’t make sense” moments, I found myself pausing the movie and rewinding for a second attempt at trying to get my head around what was going on.</p><P>Quite why Anthony Wong, a stalwart of some 130 films, would agree to participate in this horror of a movie is beyond me – perhaps he wanted to buy a new house, or maybe he is a friend of director Tony Leung Hung-Wah and was doing the guy a favour. One thing’s for sure - Mr. Wong has done <I>himself</I> no favours at all appearing in this mess. Demoniac Flash is as frightening as watching Rambo having a massage… and nowhere near as entertaining.</p><P><B>Picture : 5</B></P><P>The non-anamorphic 2.35-1 widescreen image would actually seem quite reasonable… for an older movie. But Demoniac Flash is a fairly recent affair and as such should definitely <I>not</I> be suffering from quite as much print damage as seen here. Anamorphic issues aside, picture quality is reasonable – colours are bright and the image suffers fairly little noise. Edge enhancement is apparent, but never overly so. Nevertheless, as it would appear that Demoniac Flash has been made this year the condition and style of the transfer lends itself to thoughts of “cheapness”. Having watched the movie this doesn’t surprise me!</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/DemoniacFlash/DemoniacFlash_1.jpg' ALT='DEMONIAC FLASH'></P><P><B>Sound : 5</B></P><P>Well, at least there’s a Chinese 448Kbps Dolby Digital 5.1 track available and it does its job reasonably well, with a few nice deep, sub-woofery moments available. There really is little to become excited about though, and despite the clear violinic (sic) references to Psycho, Demoniac Flash’s audio abilities are eminently average. The best I can say is that this is an improvement over the stereo tracks included and despite slipcase suggestions to the contrary, this is the only 5.1 track included on the DVD.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/DemoniacFlash/DemoniacFlash_2.jpg' ALT='DEMONIAC FLASH'></P><P><B>Extras : 0</B></P><P>Thankfully, there are none to endure.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/DemoniacFlash/DemoniacFlash_3.jpg' ALT='DEMONIAC FLASH'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br><P>For user information we use Bitrate 1.4 to scan the disk for the video bitrate, which also calculates the average bitrate. Below is a graph illustrating the bitrate of the disk, including the average bitrate reading. This movie had an average bitrate of 5.76 Mb/sec.</p></P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/images/DemoniacFlash/DemoniacFlashR0Bitrate.jpg' ALT='DEMONIAC FLASH'></P><P><B>Verdict : 3</B></P><P>A dull and uninspired “horror” movie and a lifeless DVD release Demoniac Flash left me with a strange craving to watch Catwoman and King Arthur all over again…</p><P>Not my cup of tea then, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were a few people out there who regard this a bit of a cult movie. Oh no, I feel a nightmarish premonition coming on!</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1004021964" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>DEMONIAC FLASH (2005)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genre</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HORROR' target='_blank'>HORROR</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=TONY LEUNG HUNG WAH' target='_blank'>TONY LEUNG HUNG WAH</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ANTHONY WONG' target='_blank'>ANTHONY WONG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=CHAU-SANG' target='_blank'>CHAU-SANG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=NICOLA CHEUNG SUN-YU' target='_blank'>NICOLA CHEUNG SUN-YU</A>, <A HREF='http://www.avforums.com/dvdreviews/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SAM LEE CHAN-SAM' target='_blank'>SAM LEE CHAN-SAM</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>0</B> <FONT>(KOREA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Kam & Ronson Enterprise Co. Ltd.. Released Wednesday 22nd June 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$12.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>1</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD 5</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>91 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Non-anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Amaray in slipcase</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>None</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     

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