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Silver Hawk R0 (dts) 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 '>SILVER HAWK</TD><TD WIDTH="40"></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=Andrew Smith">Andrew Smith.</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/SilverHawk/SilverHawkR2.jpg" ALT="SILVER HAWK" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>SILVER HAWK (2004)<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=ADVENTURE">ADVENTURE</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=JINGLE MA">JINGLE MA</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=MICHELLE YEOH">MICHELLE YEOH</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=LUKE GOSS">LUKE GOSS</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=BRANDON CHANG">BRANDON CHANG</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=DAMING CHEN">DAMING CHEN</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KOUICHI IWAKI">KOUICHI IWAKI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=BINGBING LI">BINGBING LI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=RICHIE REN">RICHIE REN</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=BRANDON RHEA">BRANDON RHEA</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MAX RUDDOCK">MAX RUDDOCK</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=MICHAEL JAI WHITE">MICHAEL JAI WHITE</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">(HK)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Han Entertainment. Released Tuesday 8th June 2004</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">DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">107 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">24</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 1.85:1&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"><BR>Mandarin 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">Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, 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">The Story<BR>Making Of Documentary<BR>Conceptual Drawings<BR>Trailers<BR>Cast & Credits<BR>Photo Gallery</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>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">The bold and demure Lulu Wong (Michelle Yeoh) is a famous globetrotting bachelorette and philanthropist (aren’t they all). Adopted as a child by a wealthy industrialist she spends her days attending parties and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, but in the evenings she dons the cloak and mask of her alter ego, the crime fighting superhero and vigilante, SilverHawk. As is often the case with superheroes the local law enforcement are trying to track her down for interfering with police business, but the head of the investigation against her is Superintendent Richman (Ritchie Jen) who, by chance, is an old school friend of Lulu’s from their days together at the Shaolin orphanage. Soon the pair are on the hunt for a bigger threat in the form of Alexander Woolf (Luke Goss) who, of course, is out for world domination through brainwashing the public with the latest mobile phones. Will SilverHawk be unmasked? Can the duo team up in time to stop Woolf? Do you really care?</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director and cinematographer Jingle Ma has produced a pretty standard but nonetheless very slick action yarn. The script is largely superfluous to the action, which thankfully is liberally splashed around, and wonderfully choreographed and performed by the delicious Ms Yeoh, assisted by Ritchie Jen and Michael Jai White. White gets a starring role as a particularly vicious henchman, which is some compensation for seeing all his work cut from Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Only Luke Goss disappoints as the somewhat predicable British villain with his characterization being as flat as the singing on a Bros record. In fairness he does look the part, and not much time is given over to motivation and character development. Fortunately for the audience the money saved on writing has been given to the fight choreographers and has been very well spent. Starting with a jump over the Great Wall of China on a silver motorbike, and a subsequent fight on top of an articulated truck, which is reminiscent of a similar scene in the Matrix trilogy, the action rarely lets up. High concept set pieces against bungie-jumping assassins and roller-skating thugs provide evidence of stunning and seamless wirework. It came as no surprise to discover that the director and cinematographer were one in the same, because the direction and script are pretty awful, but the visuals are stunning. Jingle Ma may not be able to write a plot for toffee but he sure knows how to shoot a scene. If you are in the mood for some brainless action SilverHawk is a good choice.</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>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'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The near future setting of the film has been beautifully realised and shot by Jingle Ma and the disc encoding transfers every detail in a well balanced home cinema. In a landscape of glass and steel, and with silver greys, and whites dominating the colour palate your monitor or projector will have to be carefully set up to prevent blooming and loss of highlight detail. But if it is you will be rewarded with gloriously high levels of detail in everything except skin tones, which have been allowed to soften into a very flattering soft focus effect that loses detail but makes the actors appear to have flawless milky white skin tones. Shadow detail is impossible to asses because try as I might I could find no scenes with any shadows in them. Primary colours are also noticeable by their absence. The monochromatic feel works very well for the movie and was doubtless an artistic contrivance. Best get your Avia discs out before watching though.<P STYLE="font-size: 10px"></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=SilverHawk/SilverHawk_1.jpg" ALT="SILVER HAWK"></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>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">Married to a high tone and highly detailed image is an almost immaculate DTS soundtrack. There are two Dolby Digital tracks one in Cantonese and one in Mandarin but if you played them both together they still wouldn’t hold a candle to the levels of detail and barely restrained power contained within the DTS track. Every blow is delivered with typical bone crunching force, every karate chop slices through the air like a sword, explosions have a depth that hits you in the chest. Dialogue, in Chinese of course, is delivered with control and focus, and is never swamped by the effects. The score is unobtrusive to the point of being forgettable. In contrast the DD tracks lack all the force, power and precision of the DTS track and are a second class citizen on this particular disc.</p> </TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=SilverHawk/SilverHawk_2.jpg" ALT="SILVER HAWK"></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>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">The extras are a big disappointment. They are as thin as the hair on Bobby Charlton’s head. The only extra of note is a 15-minute making of featurette which is in Chinese and not subtitled. Still a very amusing 3 minutes is given over to watching Michelle Yeoh as SilverHawk, trying to be affectionate towards a Giant Panda cub she has just rescued. The cub is having none of it and takes every opportunity to bite and claw at her. Well you know what they say about working with children and animals. Some conceptual art, and cast and crew photos are present along with a trailer for this movie, and three other HK movies.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=SilverHawk/SilverHawk_3.jpg" ALT="SILVER HAWK"></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>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">SilverHawk is great popcorn action presented on a disc with a first rate image and Premiership DTS sound. The concept is low brow comic book superhero, but the action and presentation make the sacrifice a small one. </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    I also have this movie on dvd.

    Action was o.k. but don't like the movie.

    does'nt do it for me.
     

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