Bleeding Steel is one of the more perplexing movies I’ve come across in the last couple of years, one that is rife for anyone to riff amongst friends or, if you’re a Jackie Chan fan, does have some decent fight choreography.
Kung Fu Panda is perhaps one of the better franchises outside of the Pixar/Disney brand and certainly well above the likes of Madagascar and Ice Age. Still, as family friendly as this third entry is, to go along with a positive message, I wasn’t nearly as entertained though admittedly I found the first two to be merely above average fare anyway.
Noon and Shanghai Knights are both fun movies if not a bit forgettable even with Jackie Chan’s amazing fight sequences and stunt work. Even so, as buddy comedies go, Chan and Owen Wilson share good chemistry making both film a breeze to watch on a slow Saturday afternoon. The Blu-ray release luckily ported over all the special features and the video transfers for both movies are solid while the audio is unfortunately standard Dolby Digital which is surprising given it is 2013.
The Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special isn’t anything profound or breaks new ground in terms of animation or anything, but with a short running time and a good message, this can be watched by the entire family. The Blu-ray offers up more than satisfactory audio/video transfers, though the features have much to be desired.
This “High-Powered Action Pack” might not have the greatest movies – Equilibrium and The Lookout are the best – but at a low SRP of $30, it comes to $5 per movie and maybe less depending on which store you go to (i.e. Best Buy had it for $10), so if you’ve enjoyed any of these and don’t care about features or average audio/video transfers, then by all means check it out.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a fun movie with incredible animation and, like the last installment, a great ensemble of voice talents. I wasn’t as enamored with the story as some, although I do like it wasn’t a mere rehash of the original. The Blu-ray itself boasts excellent video and audio transfers as well as a solid compilation of features making this a worthwhile purchase if you enjoyed the film.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is a fun movie with incredible animation and, like the last installment, a great ensemble of voice talents. I wasn’t as enamored with the story as some, although I do like it wasn’t a mere rehash of the original. The DVD has OK video and audio and a decent amount of features, though if you want the most (in terms of all three), the Blu-ray is the way to go.
The Medallion isn’t a bad movie and for 88 minutes is fine as a time waster, but compared with other Jackie Chan movies, it’s fairly generic in the stunt work and by the second half, just dumb when Chan gets superpowers which negates some of his trademark stunts, even if they might be run-of-the-mill for the actor. As for the Blu-ray, the video isn’t the best though it is an upgrade over the DVD as is the audio.
Rush Hour might be just another entry into the buddy cop subgenre, but thanks in large part to the interesting and unique pairing of loudmouth Chris Tucker and fantastic martial artist Jackie Chan, the movie succeeds quite well and has stood the test of time, albeit just over a decade now. The Blu-ray doesn’t look the greatest and is only a moderate upgrade over its DVD counterpart, but the audio does offer a good boost and most of the features have been ported over.