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Jackie Chan’s movies have a tendency to make it into the United States long after their Hong Kong debuts, usually in altered, re-dubbed form. SUPERCOP ($30) is a 1992 film known elsewhere as POLICE STORY 3 or POLICE STORY III: SUPERCOP. SUPERCOP contains all the elements of the formula that has made Jackie Chan’s movies so successful, a clever blend of martial arts, death defying stunts and plenty of humor. In SUPERCOP, Chan portrays an undercover cop who has to infiltrate a drug lord’s operation and get crucial information to shut it down forever. Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh (billed as Michelle Khan) portrays the female inspector whom our hero finds himself teamed with to help bring down the drug lord. Much of Jackie Chan’s reputation is based upon his penchant for performing all his own stunts in his films. Michelle Yeoh, like Chan, performs her own stunts in SUPERCOP. Several of the stunts found in SUPERCOP are fairly wild and I have to give credit to these two stars for tackling them. Thanks to Stanley Tong’s excellent staging and Jackie Chan’s undeniable gifts for martial arts and comedy, SUPERCOP is a highly entertaining and winning action movie.

Dimension Home Video offers SUPERCOP on DVD in good-looking Letterboxed transfer which restores most of the film’s 2.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio. Unfortunately, this presentation is minus the anamorphic enhancement for wide screen televisions. Despite the omission, SUPERCOP looks great for a Hong Kong import. The transfer has a good level of detail and the colors appear natural. Digital compression artifacts remained in check throughout the film.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a fun mix that uses the discrete capabilities of the format for precise placement of sound effects during the film’s action sequences. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround compatible track. English captioning, plus Spanish subtitles are available on the DVD. The interactive menus give access to the standard scene selection feature.

SUPERCOP proves to be a highly entertaining Jackie Chan outing that his numerous fans are certain to enjoy.   Recommended.




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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