Infernal Affairs DVD review

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<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>INFERNAL AFFAIRS</TD><TD WIDTH="40"><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/UKfifteen.php' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/images/cert15.gif' ALIGN='RIGHT' ALT='Certificate 15' BORDER='0'></A></TD></TR></TABLE>
<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed June 2004 by <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?dvdid=Edward Marshall">Edward Marshall.</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/InfernalAffairs/InfernalAffairsR2.jpg" ALT="INFERNAL AFFAIRS" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>WU JIAN DAO (2002)<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=DRAMA">DRAMA</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=WAI KEUNG LAU">WAI KEUNG LAU</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=SIU FAI MAK">SIU FAI 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=ANDY LAU">ANDY LAU</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TONY LEUNG CHIU WAI">TONY LEUNG CHIU WAI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ANTHONY WONG CHAU-SANG">ANTHONY WONG CHAU-SANG</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ERIC TSANG">ERIC TSANG</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">Tartan/Asia Extreme. Released Monday 28th June 2004</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">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD9</FONT></TD></TR>
<TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">97 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
<TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">16</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<BR>Cantonese <IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" BORDER="0" ALT="DTS Soundtrack"> 5.1<BR>English 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">Directors commentary (in Cantonese with English subtitles) by Wai Keung Lau & Siu Fai Mak<BR>Behind The Scenes<BR>Confidential Files<BR>Out Takes<BR>Photo Gallery<BR>Alternate Ending<BR>Original Theatrical Trailer<BR>English Dubbed Trailer<BR>Extreme Reel Trailers for “Ring”, “Shiki”, “The Eye”, “Visitor O”, “Public Enemy”, “Graveyard Of Honour”</TD></TR></TABLE>
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<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>9</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">Nine years ago, a group of young men joined the Hong Kong police academy, supported by Triad leader Sam Zhran they were to graduate and become officers and would then be in a position to help the Triad leader Zhran in his nefarious operations. However, whilst one of the cadets, Lau Kin Ming (Andy Lau) graduates and does, indeed, become a powerful mole within the department another, Chan Wing Yan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), is recruited whilst still at the academy to go underground within the triad and be a police mole.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">In the present day the two moles find themselves working for their respective handlers and both fight their day to day battles with their duality. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Originally titled “We Jian Dao” and known in Hong Kong under the title “I want to be you”, Infernal Affairs tries very hard to be a cut above a normal police drama and, thankfully, it succeeds. Focussing primarily not just on the actions both men have to take to defend their secret identities and satisfy their handlers but also on the torment both men face in their dual roles. Both men also suffer with their relationships, with Lau Kin Ming having to keep his identity from his fiancé and Chan Wing Yan having already lost one love, when he went underground, and now not being able to pursue another. Not relying on formulaic Hollywood police sidekicks or on stylistic violence, the characters seem genuine which helps to wind the tension up one more notch. The shocks, when they do come, take you by surprise especially when the actions of the police mole seem to have cost Chan Wing Yan everything he hoped to regain.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"> An excellent example of Asian film making, (and indeed, of film making in general), I’m not at all surprised that “Infernal Affairs” was the highest grossing Hong Kong film of 2002. An inevitable US remake is, apparently, underway helmed by Martin Scorsese. Please, do yourselves a favour and check out this version first! </p></TD></TR></TABLE>

<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</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">Thank goodness Tartan have seen the good sense to spend some time on this release. Framed at its original aspect of 2.35:1 and anamorphically enhanced, the picture is about as good as it could get. The print used for the transfer appears to have a slight colour cast evident throughout with some print damage also evident. A fair amount of grain is also apparent but seems to add to the gritty feel of the film. DVD encoding seems to be fine with a little edge enhancement and ringing visible but no evidence of macroblocking or banding even in dark scenes.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
<P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=InfernalAffairs/InfernalAffairs_1.jpg" ALT="INFERNAL AFFAIRS"></P>

<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>6</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 English and Cantonese 5.1 tracks, (a Cantonese DTS 5.1 track is also on the disc), are comparable in terms of quality with both being quite front heavy with occasional use of the rears for action sequences and the occasional musical bridge. Unlikely to head up your demo sequence list.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">If ever my point about listening to the original language track was evident it is here. The English dub is not great. Firstly the casting for the English dub definitely seems to have gone awry. Actors who, on the original track, have deep, menacing voices have much lighter voices and performances to match which is jarring to say the least. Of more concern is the fact that by comparing the English subtitles with the English language dub a large number of inconsistencies came to light both in content and structure, odd. If you really must listen in English then the dubbed version is adequate but the Cantonese version really is superior.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
<P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=InfernalAffairs/InfernalAffairs_2.jpg" ALT="INFERNAL AFFAIRS"></P>

<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</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">Well done to Tartan too for the number of extras available on this single disc set.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Starting with a director’s commentary featuring Wai Keung Lau & Siu Fai Mak (which is also carried in switchable English subtitles for those who, like me, don’t speak anything more exotic than bad English). </p<P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Next up is the ubiquitous “Behind the Scenes” featurette which thankfully does offer more than the stars gushing about each other. The stars go into detail describing their insights into the characters they portray, what motivates them to behave the way they do and their opinion on the story as a whole.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"> “Confidential Files” takes us onto the set as shooting, in more ways than one, takes place and we also get a look at the films opening reception. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">“Outtakes” features the usual variety of goofs and bloopers and “Photo Gallery” contains some scenes from the film but embedded into a menu border. Of more interest is the inclusion of the films alternate ending which is far weaker and, sadly, far more likely to be included in the Hollywood remake. Closing up the specials are the original Cantonese theatrical trailer, a really badly dubbed English version featuring a seriously over the top voiceover and a series of previews for other Asian extreme movies.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
<P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=InfernalAffairs/InfernalAffairs_3.jpg" ALT="INFERNAL AFFAIRS"></P>
<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER" BGCOLOR="5A5A5A"><TR><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
<TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'>Overall : Mark 8.5/10
<P STYLE="font-size: 10px">An excellent police drama which doesn’t rely on violence except where it’s really necessary. Pick it up now, just avoid the dubbed track!</p>
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