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House Of Fury dts DVD Review (Region 0)

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/HouseOfFury/HouseOfFuryR0.jpg' ALT='HOUSE OF FURY DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>HOUSE OF FURY</FONT><br>Reviewed May 2005 by <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?dvdid=Mark Haywood' target='_blank'>Mark Haywood.</A></P><P><B>The Movie : 7</B></P><P>Stephen Fung takes the helm, and stars, in his second directorial outing (not counting Heroes In Love, which he co-directed) in the comedy/Kung Fu/James Bond style movie <b>House Of Fury</b>. The action is fast and furious, if a little “run of the mill” by modern standards, which really just goes to show how spoiled we’ve become since the debut of The Matrix… although House Of Fury is more like a cross between True Lies, Spy Kids and Kung Fu Hustle than the Wachowski brother’s movie.</p><P>Yue Siu Bo (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang) leads a double life – by day he’s a normal, happy go lucky kind of guy working as a chiropractor, struggling along as a lone parent to two teenagers, Nicky (Stephen Fung – surely this guy’s too young to both direct <I>and </I> star!) and Natalie (Gillian Chung). But when required his alter ego is called into action, and the mild-mannered practitioner becomes a Kung Fu master and secret agent extraordinaire. When wheelchair bound enemy-with-a-grudge Rocco (Michael Wong) arrives on the scene Yue Siu Bo’s talents are tested to the extreme and beyond… cue some impressive fight scenes!</p><P>I enjoyed House Of Fury. Yes, the wirework looks a little too much like… wirework, and yes, the storyline has been well used before, but on the whole I think the movie works a treat. After all, this is a popcorn flick… Hong Kong style… and did I mention it’s got Gillian Chung in it?!</p><P><B>Picture : 9</B></P><P>The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image is pretty impressive, with all the usual superlatives perfectly suitable – sharp, detailed, fantastically clean looking, yep they all work. Edge enhancement? Er, what’s that?! Mpeg artefacts? I didn’t notice any. Shimmering, interlace problems, colour bleeding, video noise… nope, nada. In fact, the only small criticism that I could level at the House Of Fury’s door is, like the afore-mentioned Matrix, a bit of a green tint that was often apparent and ever so slightly disconcerting. That aside, Fury has been given a superb transfer that really lends itself to the biggest of screens. Top stuff.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/HouseOfFury/HouseOfFury_1.jpg' ALT='HOUSE OF FURY'></P><P><B>Sound : 8</B></P><P>Ooh, <I>three</I> tracks to compare! Listening to the Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kbps) and DTS (768Kbps) offerings reveals some subtle differences. Interestingly, I found the rear effects channels better used on the Dolby track. As usual though the few really deep, sub-woofer moments were ruled by the DTS version. A few straight-palm punches really had my giant beanbag vibrating!</p><P>I found the dubbed Mandarin a little off putting - it’s clear that this is a dub, but despite being unable to understand <I>any</I> of the audio tracks the subtle lip sync differences still distracted me. Compared to the original Cantonese, this Mandarin track comes over deeper, with a more menacing feel to it. I suspect that if I understood Mandarin this would be my preference. As I don’t, I chose to listen to the DTS track included here.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/HouseOfFury/HouseOfFury_2.jpg' ALT='HOUSE OF FURY'></P><P><B>Extras : 5</B></P><P>The first thing I noticed when I received this review disc was its weight and chunkiness – it was really padded. Only the first batch of DTS releases from YesAsia come like this, including – outer slipcase; a postcard sized calendar; four glossy coasters sporting stills from the movie; four glossy photo style cardboard cut-outs and, the piece de resistance, a Kung Fu jacket mobile phone cleaner! Japanese Kill Bill box sets eat your heart out! Ok, enough of the paraphernalia, onto the DVD extras proper…</p><P>Disc one merely has a choice between playing all the action scenes on their own and a couple of trailers - the bulk of supplemental features are on disc two. Sadly none of the extras come with subtitles, so the Making Of, Interviews and Top Secret files remain largely indecipherable. The Photo clips don’t need subtitles of course, and the menus themselves are nice and simple to navigate despite the lack of English language headings.</p><P>If I understood Cantonese I suspect I would be mightily impressed with these extras, although in that case a director’s commentary would have been nice. Ultimately, useless as they are, I really like the glossy cards included… and that sealed Kung Fu jacket mobile phone cleaner. Can’t wait for my next delivery of YesAsia DVDs!</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/HouseOfFury/HouseOfFury_3.jpg' ALT='HOUSE OF FURY'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br>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 DVD had an average reading of 9.40 Mb/sec.</P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/HouseOfFury/HouseOfFuryR0Bitrate.jpg' ALT='HOUSE OF FURY'></P><P><B>Verdict : 8</B></P><P>Reviewing DVDs isn’t simply about movies, and this edition of House Of Fury is a prime example of a complete package, with a good movie being enhanced by some glossy and novel extras. Some may regard the lack of English subtitles in the supplemental features as a bit of a let down, but after a while actually watching these extras becomes something of a hypnotic experience! Overall, House Of Fury gets a “Recommended” tag from me – and at around £8.00 I reckon this is a bit of a Billy bargain!</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1003947384" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"></a><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>JING MO GAA TING (2005)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genres</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=COMEDY' target='_blank'>COMEDY</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HONG KONG ACTION' target='_blank'>HONG KONG ACTION</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=STEPHEN FUNG' target='_blank'>STEPHEN FUNG</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ANTHONY WONG CHAU-SANG' target='_blank'>ANTHONY WONG CHAU-SANG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=STEPHEN FUNG' target='_blank'>STEPHEN FUNG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MICHAEL WONG' target='_blank'>MICHAEL WONG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=GILLIAN CHUNG' target='_blank'>GILLIAN CHUNG</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>0</B> <FONT>(HONG KONG)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Joy Sales. Released Wednesday 11th May 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>17.49</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>2</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>99 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>20</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Canonese <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='DTS Soundtrack'> 5.1<BR>Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese</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><b>Disc One</b> Action scenes<BR>Original and Teaser Trailers<BR><b>Disc Two</b> Top Secret Files<BR>Interviews<BR>Making Of Documentary<BR>Photos</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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