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New Police Story dts-ES 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.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/PoliceStory/NewPoliceStoryR0.jpg' ALT='NEW POLICE STORY DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>NEW POLICE STORY</FONT><br>Reviewed July 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 : 7</B></P><P>I like Jackie Chan – he’s multi-talented, good looking and extremely skilful. The fact that we share the same birthday and are exactly the same height does not influence me in the slightest. I promise! <b>New Police Story</b> is the fourth movie in the series of… police stories, and Mr. Chan is back as Detective Wing – this time as a down on his luck drunkard. Cause of his woes? Wing is racked with guilt, blaming himself – and understandably so - for the death of his team who have been ruthlessly murdered by a bunch of young, rich, psychopathic computer whiz kids. Before the detective can even begin to hope to bounce back and wreak his revenge - (come on, now… this <I>is</I> a Jackie Chan movie, so I cannot be accused of giving the game away here!) – the guy must first hit rock bottom. And this is what turns what would have inevitably been just another, somewhat tedious movie, into a reasonable thriller/actioner. Chan ditches his “cheeky chappie” western movie persona in favour of a more serious stab at actually acting, and for me this comes as a welcome change.</p><P>The action is well handled, with the usual Jackie Chan take on Kung Fu-style stunts, and there is a nice, and for me at least, completely unexpected twist-in-the-middle-of-the-tale. I won’t say too much about this as I don’t want to spoil the effect, but the Police Station bomb scene was very well handled and completely threw me! Overall, I enjoyed New Police Story – the explosions are big, gunfire is loud and the action is fast and furious… if a <I>little</I> by the numbers. And it’s nice to see Mr. Chan flexing his <I>acting</I> muscles for a change!</p><P><B>Picture : 8</B></P><P>The detail on show here is pretty awesome. This is the cleanest, most detailed region 0 DVD image I’ve yet seen. Right from the off it’s clear that this is a pretty awesome transfer, with Jackie Chan’s chin whiskers being easily counted, whist the quality of his skin is readily discernible by the clarity of his facial pores... and all this in the very first shot! Video noise is held in check for the most part and edge enhancement is not an issue with this transfer. Colours are bold and vivid – take a look at the lorry crash with the thousands of plastic ducks as an example. This is a good test for your monitor’s colour setup – yellow is often difficult to accurately portray, but these ducks are truly, vibrantly yellow. New Police Story has excellent image quality.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/PoliceStory/NewPoliceStory_1.jpg' ALT='NEW POLICE STORY'></P><P><B>Sound : 8</B></P><P>This is a rich and fairly detailed audio fest of explosions and gunfire, with a few deep subwoofer moments thrown in for good measure – the aforementioned Police Station bomb scene for instance will likely make your room shake with expectation! There’s a choice of audio tracks – Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1, Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 (both 448Kbps) and a dts-ES matrix (768Kbps). As with other Hong Kong movies I’ve watched recently the Mandarin version is clearly dubbed so I chose to compare the Cantonese Dolby and dts affairs. At the moment I’m unable to take advantage of the centre rear speaker, but the difference between the two rival formats in standard 5.1 fare is minimal. Both will probably put a grin on your face, but neither reaches reference quality.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/PoliceStory/NewPoliceStory_2.jpg' ALT='NEW POLICE STORY'></P><P><B>Extras : 2</B></P><P>Disc One holds the movie with zero extras, which are to be found over on the second disc. The menu system on the movie disc is in Chinese, but with only three options it’s simple enough to navigate.</p><P>Inserting Disc Two into my DVD player brings up the Special Feature menu, and this time there’s an option for us westerners to choose English as the main language, making things nice and simple. Unfortunately, although <b>The Story</b> and <b>Characters</b> supplemental features have English language options - so those not fortunate enough to be able to read Chinese can learn what makes Wing tick, and what motivates the other characters – the main extra, the making of documentary, can be viewed with the accompaniment of either Cantonese or Mandarin subtitles… but no English. As this is the main feature not being able to really appreciate what’s being said is a bit of a letdown.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/PoliceStory/NewPoliceStory_3.jpg' ALT='NEW POLICE STORY'></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 DVD had an average reading of 7.79 Mb/sec.</p></P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/PoliceStory/NewPoliceStoryR0Bitrate.jpg' ALT='NEW POLICE STORY'></P><P><B>Verdict : 7</B></P><P>A solid story is accompanied by very good picture and audio qualities. It’s a shame the supplemental features let the side down, but this DVD release of <b>New Police Story</b> took me a little by surprise and is well worth a punt – get a few mates round on a Saturday night, order in the pizza, kebabs, Chinese or Indian; sit back… and enjoy some popcorn fodder – Jackie Chan style!</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/pid-1003294389/code-c/section-videos/" 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>NEW POLICE STORY (2004)</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=HONG KONG ACTION' target='_blank'>HONG KONG ACTION</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA' target='_blank'>DRAMA</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=BENNY CHAN' target='_blank'>BENNY CHAN</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=JACKIE CHAN' target='_blank'>JACKIE CHAN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=NICHOLAS TSE' target='_blank'>NICHOLAS TSE</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=CHARLIE YEUNG' target='_blank'>CHARLIE YEUNG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=CHARLENE CHOI' target='_blank'>CHARLENE CHOI</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 Friday 26th November 2004</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>15.99</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>120 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>28</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>Cantonese <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dtsES.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='dts-ES Soundtrack'><BR>Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), 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>The Story<BR>Characters<BR>Making Of<BR>Trailers<BR>Music Video<BR>Cast & Credits<BR>Photo Gallery</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>
     
  2. bradavon78

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    Nice review. Not wanting to be pedantic but it's technically the fifth movie with "First Strike" being Part 4. It's known as "Police Story 4: First Strike" in China. The Chinese titles call it Police Story 4. Jackie plays the same part also.

    Being technical again "New Police Story" isn't the fifth film, it's actually not related at all (I believe). Jackie isn't playing the same character. I've yet to see "New Police Story" but I own the DVD.
     
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    Hi mate - thanks for that. In view of this I think I'll edit the review slightly to make things a little a clearer.

    Pedantic is my middle name, so please feel free to be as technical as ya like when critisising my reviews. :smashin:

    Please lmk what you think of the movie when you get round to watching it - I feel like watching it again now!

    Cheers mate,

    Mark
     
  4. Simon Crust

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    Yep, New Police Story has nothing to do with the previous films, other than the fact it contains police.....

    It is, however, a cracking film as I found when I reviewed it for another (now defunct) website here Jackie's finest moment perhaps.... well at least for a long time!

    Simon
     
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    I must agree with the Senior, it's Jackie's best in years. The stunts an action are great. The supporting cast especially Daniel Wu are terrific. All in all, Jackie's back!!!
     
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    bravadon's right. "First Strike" was technically Police Story 4.
    i think Joy Sales wanted to go for an english friendly release at the time but couldn't find someone with the time to make any translations for the DVD. There is a 2 month waiting period for theatrical releases before a movie goes to its video release. Schedule is tight after all.

    Another note: if you watch somewhere along 40 something minutes, Jackie will talk about explosions and will slip in some potty mouth on the 'making of ' footage. I know the details of this little mishap. what we see in the first shipment of this DVD wasn't supposed to happen. A censored/cleansed version was what we were supposed to see. So if you have your first shipments of this DVD, keep it. It's as rare as you can get.
     
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    i didn't like the film at all...its basically hong kong trying to do hollywood.

    Chan's days as a kung fu actor are well over, and all thats left is a guy who really cannot act, and without the real stunts it just seems lame.

    For someone who has watched all of his older films, and not because hes a brilliant actor but for his choreography and stunt, this new police story is rubbish.
     
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    agree completely:clap:


    also although the special features are not in english they are still good to watch just for the action and the making of


    EXCELLENT QUALITY DVD


    I also have "the Myth" with is pretty similar in terms of the special features not being in english and also the overall quality of the film
     
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    The special features on "The Myth" are subtitled in English.
    i participated in the translation of the special features on this DVD. I also translated some of the special features on next week's release of "A Chinese Tall Story".
     
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    I finally got round to watching New police story having just got back from Hong Kong (I was there for the film festival) and desperate for a HK fix.I am a long time Jackie fan and was worried that I wouldn't like it considering the quality of his recent efforts but I enjoyed this much more than I expected,yes it is too Hollywood but that is almost a given these days from big budget HK action films.Some of the cgi is a little suspect and some of Daniel Wu's gang are poor but overall some good action sequences and a pretty good (for Jackie at least) acting performance,and for a HK pop star Daniel Wu is very good as he also is in One night in Mongkok.
    Finally Compared to The Myth,New police story is an outright masterpiece!
    Excellent AV quality too.
     

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