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(aka "Naam yi boon sik" )

 

directed by Benny Chan
Hong Kong 2007

 

The Film: 6
Invisible Target is one of those movies that begs the question of when “inspired by” becomes “pilfered from.” We see the hommages, or thefts, most readily in the plot that echoes, to take one obvious example: A Better Tomorrow, the action staging that could be any number of John Woo HK thrillers unless they’re running across rooftops like David Belle in Banlieue 13. Just how much plate glass can people be tossed through before we wonder if it’s the same toss shot from different angles.

Here we have not just one cop, or two partners, but three cops (Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue and Jaycee Chan), previously unknown to each other, each with their own agenda and code, that come together on the trail of a gang of cold-blooded blaggers, led by Tien (Wu Jing). In the opening scene a heist that blows up the very vehicle they want to rob, inadvertently kills the fiancée of one of the those cops. The main action of the movie starts some six months later. The thieves return to the city to tie up some loose ends, among them getting their hands on the money that their anonymous (read: invisible) partner seems to have made off with. Chan (Tse) is still seeing the ghost of his fiancée everywhere, but gets back in focus when a tip leads him to the brotherhood of blaggers. Fong (Yue) has macho issues with Tien. Wai (Chan) is a young, honest cop whose brother, also a cop, disappeared some time ago, possibly to go undercover to infiltrate the gang. These guys “meet cute” at a restaurant in a particularly well-staged, if dramatically predictable, action sequence that really tears up the scenery.

The movie has its share of plotholes, clichés and naïve philosophizing about right and wrong, good and bad, but I wasn’t bored, despite its two-hour length. The movie has some moments of intended humor that generally provoked a smile rather than a groan. I enjoyed the characters – all over the top, consistent with the fight sequences where people managed to walk away from hits and falls that would kill a “normal” person. I also wanted to see just how or if Benny Chan would or could top the previous fight. He does.

Leonard Norwitz
April 5, 2010

 

Theatrical Release: July 19th, 2007

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Dragon Dynasty (Two Disc Ultimate Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universe (HK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution

Dragon Dynasty

Region 1 - NTSC

Universe (HK)

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:10:00 2:09:33.041
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 20,804,739,392 bytes

Feature Size: 20,597,207,040 bytes

Average Bitrate: 15.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: Dragon Dynasty

Bitrate

Blu-ray

Audio Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1) DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2573 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2573 kbps / 16-bit
(DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Subtitles English, English SDH, Spanish, none English, (Chinese Tradition and simplified), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Dragon Dynasty

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Teaser (Letterboxed Widescreen; 1:08), Theatrical trailer (Letterboxed Widescreen; 2:12)
• Trailers for Flash Point, Fatal Contact, The Protector
• Audio commentary with actors Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy on and Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan
• Orchestrated Mayhem: The Making of Invisible Target (Letterboxed Widescreen; 24:58)
• 6 deleted / extended scenes, audio commentary with Barry Chan (Letterboxed Widescreen; 13:51)
• Featurette's: Fight for the Glory: Constructing the Action Sequences for Invisible Target
• (Letterboxed Widescreen; 18:57), Storyboard Comparison with audio commentary
• (4:3; 18:00), The Gala Premier (4:3; 10:17)
• Interviews: Director Barry Chan (16:9; 22:28), Jaycee Chan (16:9; 18:52), Shane Yue (16:9; 19:31),
• Wung Jin (16:9; 27:52), Phillip Ng (16:9; 25:27), Vincent Sze (16:9; 15:11), Andy On (16:9; 20:20)

DVD Release Date: June 10th, 2008
Amaray

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Universe (HK)

 

Disc Size: 20,804,739,392 bytes

Feature Size: 20,597,207,040 bytes

Average Bitrate: 15.99 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video 1080P

 

Edition Details:
• The Loneliest of Bones

Blu-ray Release Date:
December 27th, 2007
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 17

 

Comments

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

On comparing the two - while the image and audio are obviously superior on the Blu-ray -it may not be significant enough for those keen on the 2-disc DVD's substantial extras. Double-dipping would be suggested only to those very interested in the film. It's a very strong DVD package but only modest Blu-ray. (Ed.)

ADDITION: Universe (HK) - Region FREE' Blu-ray - April 2010:

ON THE Blu-ray: Image: 8/9
The first number indicates a relative level of excellence compared to other
Blu-ray on a ten-point scale. The second number places this image along the full range of DVD and Blu-ray discs.

At first blush, Universe has given us an outstanding image. It’s sharp, highly resolved, polished, well lit, in clear, deep focus when it should be. And then in those moments when the camera is still enough, we see its pervasive edge enhancement and oversharpening. But aside from this disturbance in the force I found no other distracting transfer issues. The source print looks good. Color is filtered through a bluish cyan to good effect, and contrast is well under control with plenty of snap.

 

Audio & Music: 7/6
The Cantonese DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix offers plenty of punch to the action sequences and solid slam to the explosions. But then there are those silly exaggerated treble noises that pass for broken glass and random shattered objects and bullets careening off one surface or another. This solution to effects is exceedingly common in Hong Kong films of the genre, and likely no fault of the transfer. I couldn’t say for certain, but the attempts to pinpoint these effects may also be in the original mix, but it was distracting because even though correctly located they seemed detached from the rest of the mix. Anthony Chue’s music is effective in the quiet moments but routine in the action sequences.

 

Operations: 5
English subtitles are provided. Despite the occasional mishap, they make a certain sense, after a fashion, though some plot points were not all that easy to follow. A simple menu with no extra features.

 

Extras:

The Loneliest of Bones, especially as compared to the later Dragon Dynasty 2-disc DVD.

 

Bottom line: 7
I wasn't disappointed by the movie once I accepted it as a live action comic book. I thought it might even have rewatchable potential. The image is clean and sharp and the audio makes plenty of noise. If you can find Invisible Target for rent I’d start there.

Leonard Norwitz
April 5, 2010

ON THE DVD: Dragon Dynasty gives Invisible Target solid looking progressive flagged transfer. Colors look nicely saturated and flesh tones look healthy. Black levels look good with a few scenes where details don't look as crisp as they do for the majority of the film. There are no problems with compression and edge enhancement in kept in check.

This release comes with three audio options, Dolby Digital 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 English. All three audio mixes are clear, balanced and robust, especially during actions sequences. Removable English, English SDH, Spanish. The subtitles are easy to follow and error free.

This release comes with an abundance of extra content that give a detailed and informative look into this production. Most of the extra content is in Cantonese (with a few of the interviews in English) and English subtitles have been provided. Dragon Dynasty have put together a exceptional release which excels in every way and is totally deserving of its "Ultimate Edition" banner.

 -Michael Den Boer

 



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