(aka 'San Wa' or 'The Myth')

Directed by Stanley Tong
Chine / Hong Kong
2005

Jackie Chan takes on dual roles in his latest action spectacular, The Myth. Chan plays Jack, a modern day archeologist who is recruited by his old friend William (Tony Leung Ka Fai) to investigate some mysterious levitation activities at an ancient Indian shrine.

Meanwhile, Jack is having vivid dreams that he is General Meng Yi, a high-ranking officer during the Qing Dynasty. After saving the life of beautiful Korean Princess Ok Soo (Kim Hee Sun), Meng Yi must safely guide her through the treacherous countryside to the safety of the royal palace.

When Jack discovers Ok Soo's portrait inside the Indian tomb he begins to suspect that his dreams might be true, and that he could in fact be a reincarnation of Meng Yi! Written and directed by Stanley Tong (Police Story 3, China Strike Force), The Myth is both a goofy action caper, but also a serious period epic, mixing comedy and drama to create an ambitious an entertaining adventure.

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Theatrical Release: May 11th, 2005 - Cannes Film Festival

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Distribution Joy Sales - Region 0 - NTSC Showbox Media Group - Region 0 - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:00:28  2:00:28
Video 2.31:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,441,422,474 bytes

Feature: 29,647,497,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Audio Mandarin, Cantonese, English (Dolby Digital 5.1) (DTS-ES 6.1) Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1, Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0 and DUB: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles Simplified Chinese, English , Traditional Chinese, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Joy Sales

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.31:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary track with the director of the film Stanley Tong
• Fifteen minute 'Making of' documentary
• Nine different Behind The Scenes featurettes - Fight For The Princess (6:16), Adventure In The Icy Caves (5:38), Ancient Temple In Dasar (5:03), Kalaripayaifu (2:51), Rats On The Glue (9:04), Shooting Beings (0:45), and Heavenly Palace (10:42)
• Two deleted scenes
• 2 music videos, both for the same song, Endless Love

• Footage from the Hong Kong Premiere (17:00)

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 2005

Double Slim Keep Case
Chapters: 24

Release Information:
Studio: Showbox Media Group

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,441,422,474 bytes

Feature: 29,647,497,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• Making of...
• Interview Gallery with Mallika Sherawat, Stanley Tong, Jackie Chan, Tony Leung Kai Fai, Kim Hee Seon, Sun Zhou and Choi Min Soo
• Two Deleted Scenes
• Three 'Lost' Scenes
• 10 Behind the Scenes takes
• Trailer / Music Video Gallery

• Previews

Blu-ray Release Date: May 4th, 2009
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 24
 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Showbox Blu-ray June 09': Every visual facet of this region-free Showbox Blu-ray from the UK bests the strong Joy Sales DVD. Colors, contrast, detail and depth take a giant leap forward. Everything tightens up and thee is slightly more information in the frame as well.

Unfortunately, the audio is not fulfilling the HD potential that many would like. the 5.1 sounds okay but this is a film that could really give your surround speakers some exercise with a lossless HD mix. This could have been a huge part of this Blu-ray presentation but, as it stands is more at the unremarkable end. The included DUB option is quite poor and doesn't even uses Jackie Chan's voice. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu tells me this release is indeed region FREE!

The Blu-ray has most of the DVD supplements but loses the Stanley Tong commentary and gains the interviews. The detraction of the extras on the Showbox is that they are, mostly, in PAL and not playable for region 'A'-locked players and audiences (get a Momitsu!). 

Side note: I had heard a lot of talk a while back (and some email) about this Indian girl - Mallika Sherawat. Quite a few claim that she is the most beautiful woman in the world. Although, as we know this is only skin deep, her brief appearances on the screen seem to swallow the camera whole. Yes, she is an uncommon beauty, but if this is your reason for buying the DVD - she only has a small part but she is almost hypnotic in hi-def.

Bottom line:  I'm a closet Jackie Chan fan and have a number of his films on DVD. This ranks as typical - fun, adventurous - but more of an epic than a popcorn flick. If you like Jackie Chan work then I don't see why you wouldn't embrace this effort - they certainly didn't spare any expense on producing it. The Blu-ray is imperfect but still lots of fun and quite the visual extravaganza - a pretty dazzling night in the home theater.

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ON THE DVD (2005): This is a very strong SD-DVD transfer - I did see a hint of edge enhancement and some minor compression artifacts, but otherwise this image is very strong... accentuated by the epic style cinematography. There is a slim border at the frame edges, hence marginally limiting the horizontal resolution, but I can't see anyone being unhappy with how this film looks. The audio tracks are quite good - almost too explosive for my personal tastes. The DTS is almost overwhelming so fans of this will definitely be in for a treat.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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