Invisible Target - 2 Disc Ultimate Edition DVD
Written by: Benny Chan & Rams Ling & Melody Lui
Directed by: Benny Chan
Starring: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy On, Jacky Wu, Lisa Lu
MPAA: Rated R for strong violent content.
DVD Technical Specs.
Format: Region 1 (US and Canada) Aspect Ratio: Widescreen Letterbox
Languages: Cantonese / English dub (Dolby Digital Stereo)
Subtitle Track: English
Invisible Target is a monster throwback to the big-budget American action flicks of decades past, with a few new Hong Kong twists. Director Benny Chan ramps up the police genre with an explosive, sprawling story of honor, greed, and vengeance as Hong Kong's finest take on a lethal gang of thieves. Unlike the 'loose cannon' cop stories we've come to expect, Invisible Target follows the intertwining paths of three troubled policemen, each with his own inner demons, and each with something to prove. I was quite impressed with the ambitious story complexity Chan was able to achieve, all without sacrificing one second of blistering action.
And what action it is! Invisible Target features plenty of great fighting scenes, wirework-enhanced fight choreography, and incredible chases. Without giving much away, look for any scene that takes place anywhere near glass partitions or windows. It's a pretty safe bet that set will be completely demolished by the end of the scene. As for the actual fighting, even though wires are used throughout, the physics never stray too far from reality. I especially enjoyed Invisible Target's bent toward down & dirty street fighting over proper martial arts.
My only reservation about Invisible Target is that, weighing in at nearly 130 minutes, it's very long for a Hong Kong action flick. However, since the movie works, this isn't really a complaint. Let's just say, as these films go, Invisible Target is an "epic". So, if you like the explosive action movies of the 1980's and early 1990's, any of Benny Chan's earlier works, or the films of John Woo, you won't go wrong with Invisible Target.
A.J.'s Movie Rating: 3.5 Stars
Commentary: This is an entertaining commentary track by actors Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Andy On and Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan. Logan handles most of the talking, but does get some interesting and sometimes funny responses from the actors in the film. Since this is a group commentary, don't be surprised when the conversation strays a few times into random anecdotes that have nothing to do with what's on the screen! It's all part of the fun!
Orchestrated Mayhem - The Making of Invisible Target: This is one of those 'press junket' style featurettes that combines a few behind the scenes moments with snippet interviews with the cast and crew. A bit of repetition as far as content is concerned, but still worth a look.
Trailer Gallery: Includes the original theatrical teaser and the original theatrical trailer for Invisible Target. Other trailers featured before the film (the ones that play automatically when the DVD is first inserted) include previews for Flashpoint, Fatal Contact, The Protector, and a 3 hour wrestling collection featuring The Rock.
Interview Gallery: Okay, now we're talking (literally)! An incredible array of exclusive individual interviews with director Benny Chan and actors Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Jacky Wu Jing, Philip Ng, and Andy On. Over 2 1/2 hours of amazing insight into the making of Invisible Target and Hong Kong action cinema - as far as DVD content is concerned, this is where the beef is!
Deleted and Extended Scenes: Includes four deleted scenes and two extended scenes from the film, with commentary by director Benny Chan. All are pretty good scenes, cut primarily to trim the film's running time.
Featurettes: Scores points for calling things as they are! More press-junket style interviews with behind the scenes footage. Includes a piece about stuntwork, a short focusing on storyboard to film comparison, and footage from the gala premiere festivities for Invisible Target. Total content time just shy of 1 hour.
Final Thought: For special features, I would have been happy with just the deleted and extended scenes and the interview gallery! Overall very good content, well presented!