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The Master Region 2 DVD review

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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 '>THE MASTER</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" 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=Danny Gladman" STYLE="color: white">Danny Gladman.</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/Master/MasterR2.jpg" ALT="THE MASTER DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>THE MASTER (1989)<B><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genre</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></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=HARK TSUI">HARK TSUI</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=JET LI">JET LI</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=WAH YUEN">WAH YUEN</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=CRYSTAL KWOK">CRYSTAL KWOK</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=JERRY TRIMBLE">JERRY TRIMBLE</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=ANNE RICKETS">ANNE RICKETS</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 28th March 2005</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Price</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">89 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">26</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 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">English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround<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>Interviews x 3<BR>Trailer Gallery<BR>Bey Logan Biography</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>3</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 Hong Kong Legends series deals with classic movies from Hong Kong and Asia and are dubbed or/and subtitled into English to appeal to a Western audience. This film, The Master, was actually filmed in LA, America and features many American actors and stuntmen. But is it any good?</p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"> The Master tells the story of Uncle Tak (Yuen Wah), a former martial arts master who has now retired to America where he runs a herbal pharmacy. His greatest student Jet (Jet Li - Hero) has not followed as he cannot get a green card much to the disappointment of Uncle Tak. Meanwhile his pharmacy is trashed and he is assaulted by a local gang led by a former potential pupil of Tak’s named Johnny ( Jerry Trimble – World Light Welterweight Kickboxing Champion). Johnny is now set on beating all other martial artists in the area to become The Master. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Unknown to Uncle Tak, Jet has managed to make his way to America on a tourist visa and is trying to locate his Master. Once he finds him, the scene is set for the ultimate showdown between Jet, Uncle Tak and Johnny and is gang. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Now I know there are many fans of Hong Kong Martial Art movies, but I just cannot see how there can be many fans of THIS one. Certainly, some of the movies set in ancient China such as The House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger have some artistic appeal with their beautifully choreographed fight scenes and stunning photography but this is pure drivel. The acting is so laughable it’s almost comedic. This film bears many similarities to The Karate Kid, only considerably cheesier if that’s possible. Dubbed speech just adds to the farcical nature of this movie reminding me of the Monkey series back in the Seventies which we all loved to mock. Also a little worrying is the evident lack of respect for women. They are routinely slapped, punched, head butted and generally abused. Not nice. </p><P STYLE="font-size: 10px"> The thing is, the only real appeal of this movie is to fans of good martial art fight scenes, which you can now find in so many high budget Hollywood movies that have so much more to offer besides, such as acting for a start! This movie is really only going to appeal to genuine fans who have already seen it. Someone who has never seen it will not be able to take it seriously and will probably be disappointed with the result. If martial arts are your thing, stick to recent Jackie Chan outings or Bruce Lee classics. The Master may well become a classic, but for all the wrong reasons. </p> <P STYLE="font-size: 10px"> One more point to note. The review disc was labelled with an 18 certificate, but the notes on the release stated it will be a 15 on release. So at this point, I am unsure what certificate it will be. Going by the movie itself, a PG would suffice!! </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>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">Another movie that claims to be taken from a High Definition Master which amounts to nothing. The picture displays large amounts of grain and quite severe edge enhancement. Colours look a little bleached and black depth could be much better. The picture looks like it is from a release of the 80’s, not the early 90’s. Disappointing. </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Master/Master_1.jpg" ALT="THE MASTER"></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>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">Compared to recent releases, the sound is thin and monaural sounding. It is in 5.1, but most of the sound emanates from the centre speaker and there is very little use of the surrounds. Being dubbed into English means the speech doesn’t always sound accurate to the scene it accompanies. The sound studio isn’t always a good place to record a scene set in a busy street! </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Master/Master_2.jpg" ALT="THE MASTER"></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"> A surprisingly weak selection of extras for what has been called a ‘Special Collector’s Edition. We have an audio commentary with Hong Kong film expert, Bey Logan. An interview titled ‘The Master’ with prolific Kung Fu Legend, Yuen Wah. ‘Crystal Clear’ is an interview with leading lady, Crystal Wok and ‘The Insider’ is an interview with stuntman and author John Kreng. There are also trailers for this and several Hong Kong Legend titles plus a biography of Bey Logan. That’s your lot! </p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=Master/Master_3.jpg" ALT="THE MASTER"></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>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">A comical trip back to a time where acting, story, picture and sound were not important. Only set fight scenes were. The rest of the movie is basically a set of links to the next fight scene. Yes, they are quite entertaining and you do have a certain admiration for the skills involved. But no more so than say, The Matrix or any one of Jackie Chan’s movies. The only difference is, they have considerably more to offer besides. Unless you are a real fan of this movie, then best avoid. And you can take that from ‘The Master’!!!</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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