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MR. NICE GUY

As far as far-fetched plots go, Jackie Chan's MR. NICE GUY ($25) is way out there. However, since this film is another example of Jackie Chan’s patented brand of winning action comedies, I'm willing to forget what the word "plot" means. In MR. NICE GUY Jackie Chan plays Jackie, the assistant chef on a very popular Australian cooking show. Jackie has a nice peaceful existence until his path crosses that of a tabloid television journalist who is on the run from a drug lord after she videotapes him incriminating himself. Suddenly, everyone's favorite chef is forced to turn hero when the damning videotape accidentally winds up in his possession. What ensues is a potent mix of martial arts action and Keystone Cops like comedy- something that only Jackie Chan can bring off with real finesse. Sammo Hung, who has recently turned up on American television as the star of his on martial arts series, directed MR. NICE GUY with broad, but entertaining strokes. Look for Hung in a very funny cameo. The cast of MR. NICE GUY also features Richard Norton, Miki Lee, Karen McLymont, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick and Vince Poletto.

New Line Home Video has done a terrific job bringing MR. NICE GUY to DVD. Both wide screen and full screen versions of the film are presented on opposite sides of the DVD. However, too much of the action and the comedy are compromised by the full screen presentation to make it an enjoyable. The wide screen version of MR. NICE GUY comes very close to the full 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio, plus the DVD includes anamorphic enhancement. Excellent is about the best word to describe the look of the wide screen presentation. Color reproduction can't be faulted; strong colors reproduce without a trace of distortion and flesh tones appear natural. Not only is the color great, the image is crisp and nicely detailed. Digital compression artifacts were seldom detectable on this well authored DVD. The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a action movie strong mix with all the requisite deep bass and fully directional gunfire and explosions. Yeah, the surrounds are a little weak in comparison to American films, but for a Hong Kong action movie produced in English, the track is pretty darn good. The DVD also sports a 5.1 channel French language soundtrack, plus English, French and Spanish subtitles. The interactive menus are somewhat animated and contain sound. Through the menus one can access a Jackie Chan biography/filmography with clips from several of his other films, plus a theatrical trailer for MR. NICE GUY. All in all, a good package that Jack Chan's fans will want to add to their DVD collections.

All reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.
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DVD reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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