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Millionaires' Express Region 2 DVD review

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Seth Gecko, May 13, 2005.

  1. Seth Gecko

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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 '>MILLIONAIRES EXPRESS</TD><TD WIDTH="40"><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/UKtwelve.php' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/images/cert12.gif' ALIGN='RIGHT' ALT='Certificate 12' 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 April 2005 by <A HREF="?dvdid=Seth Gecko" STYLE="color: white">Seth Gecko.</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/MillionairesExpress/MillionairesExpressR2.jpg" ALT="MILLIONAIRES EXPRESS DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>MILLIONAIRES EXPRESS (1986)<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=ACTION">ACTION</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=COMEDY">COMEDY</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=SAMMO HUNG KAM-BO">SAMMO HUNG KAM-BO</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=YASUAKI KURATA">YASUAKI KURATA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=BIAO YUEN">BIAO YUEN</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SAMMO HUNG KAM-BO">SAMMO HUNG KAM-BO</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ROSAMUND KWAN">ROSAMUND KWAN</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>2</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">Hong Kong Legends. Released Monday 16th May 2005</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">SRP</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">16.99</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">98 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">28</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">English Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Cantonese Mono</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, Dutch</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">Audio Commentary with Bey Logan<BR>On The Cutting Edge – An Interview with Yukari Oshima<BR>A New Frontier – An Interview with Sammo Hung<BR>Trailers</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>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">Comedy’s a funny thing. There’s no mid-ground normally, it’s either funny (and appeals to your sense of humour) or it isn’t. This movie is described as a homage to “the screwball comedies of 1930’s Hollywood combining martial arts, comedy and Wild-West action”. So what’s it all about?</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Well, the plot revolves around eccentric entrepreneur Chin Fong-Tin (Hung), returning to his hometown with a group of beautiful women set on establishing a house of ill repute, much to the annoyance of the town’s sheriff. Chin believes he can bring prosperity to his hometown by sabotaging the maiden trip of the Shanghai Express, leaving the wealthy passengers stranded there, which would force them to spend their cash. However, unknown to Chin, a small army of bandits also has it’s sights on hi-jacking the train, not to mention a gang of Japanese mercenaries planning on raiding the local temple, enabling them to steal a collection of valuable terracotta figures. Soon Chin and his fellow townsmen much put their differences to one side and band together to fight the evil-do’ers.</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Well, the movie isn’t my cup of tea, I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong, I like Asian cinema, mostly however the thrillers and horrors that have come out in recent years, from Evil Dead Trap to the more well known, such as Ringu, but martial arts movies I just don’t “get”. To make matters worse, the comedy is slapstick, which again, doesn’t work for me – I find it rather juvenile. To further make things worse, it’s set in the Wild West as such, and I really hate Westerns (not as much as war movies though). So, bearing in mind my prejudices, I’m not going to rate this highly. However, I am sure that some people will enjoy this, as I know I’m in a minority by disliking Westerns, Slapstick and Martial Arts. There is a strange feeling to the feel of this movie – I almost expected David Niven to appear during it, as it has that kind of feel. For martial arts fans, you may feel somewhat disappointed, as with one exception, there isn’t any real “action” for the first hour of the movie – it’s all character introduction and setup. Of course, there are comedy moments during this, but as it is slapstick, it’s typical of the 60’s British comedies to me, more than the 30’s Hollywood, but then I guess it’s what you grew up with. Acting wise, it really is quite cheesy and it certainly fits in with the 70’s/80’s style of B-Movie acting, certainly re-awakening all those memories of the martial arts movies of that time. Does the movie have any redeeming qualities? Well, to me, no, not a single one. It’s just that of the entire genre’s it covers, it just happens to hit 3 of the ones I dislike the most. However, having said that, I am sure that it will have its fans, in fact if you like this style of movie, I’m sure I’d recommend it without hesitation. It’s just not for me, though.</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>6</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">A nigh on twenty year on movie has been restored and it’s actually a very good transfer, bearing in mind how these normally look. Colours are bright and vivid, with flesh tones being spot on. Blacks are deep and dark with only minor detail loss. Edge enhancement was only noticeable in a few places, so it’s not overly intrusive. The image doesn’t suffer from grain either, so with all these positives, why such a low score? Well, there’s one problem with the transfer and it is present all the way through the movie. At the top and bottom of the screen are two lines which run the complete length of the image, almost as though the film has lost the vertical control and shifted ever so slightly down – except it hasn’t. Not to mention that there is still quite a lot of dust specks, but they weren’t as obvious as they could have been, thanks to the restoration work. If it weren’t for those problems, I’d probably have given the image an 8, but after such a restoration was performed, I can’t help think it should have been better.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=MillionairesExpress/MillionairesExpress_1.jpg" ALT="MILLIONAIRES EXPRESS"></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>5</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">Boasting a Dolby 5.1 mix as well as the original mono soundtrack (not to mention a dubbed English track) this mix isn’t particularly inspiring and shows its mono roots only too clearly. There are a few moments where the 5.1 mix shows, such as a scene at the beginning where a shot is fired from back to front, which is where you notice the benefits, but it’s not immersive enough for me I’m afraid and is mostly front heavy. Dialogue is clear and the music is nice and loud too, so it’s not a complete loss, but certainly not a reference mix. The mono soundtrack is there for anyone who wants to hear the original soundtrack, but I think I prefer the 5.1 mix as it’s arguably clearer and louder. If you need a good laugh though, there’s always the dubbed track.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=MillionairesExpress/MillionairesExpress_2.jpg" ALT="MILLIONAIRES EXPRESS"></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>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">Other than the obligatory commentary track, we have two main features. The first is an interview with Yukari Oshima, who plays the female Japanese samurai character and lasts about 30 minutes. It contains English subtitles and is effectively a spoken biography. The Sammo Hung interview is shorter, at 11 minutes and is again subtitled, where he discusses the genre and why he did this type of movie (a fan of John Wayne apparently). It’s short enough and reasonably interesting, more so for Hung fans. Rounding off the disk are the usual assortment of trailers.</P></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>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">Well I didn’t care for this movie, but I’m sure there are lots of people that would disagree – they wouldn’t make them if people didn’t watch them! It’s not particularly going to set the world alight and it’s certainly not to my taste, but it’s not without merit and is certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, hence my tempered score. If it sounds like it’s for you, give it a spin.</P></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    I love this movie, i saw a dubbed english version on video AKA Shanghai Express. many years ago. this movie is has loads of well known actors/actresses. they movie has plenty of laughs and action.

    if your a fan of sammo hung, yuen biao and eastern cinema you will love this movie.

    I am going to buy this on DVD yet. but highly recommended.
     
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    That goes for me to Sammo is the Man :) Eastern Condors is great
    I still have the Video Shanghai Express :smashin:
    This is on of many on my DvD list

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