Black Mask

Black Mask

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Director: Daniel Lee

Cast: Daniel Lee, Jet Li, Lau Ching-Wan, Karen Mok

     
 

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Jet Li busts some heads in the action flick Black Mask. The film is presented in a very nice 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Artisan's work on this disc is excellent, save for a small amount of speckling in the image. Otherwise, this is a very solid-looking transfer that sports dark black levels and bright color patterns. The soundtrack is presented inSee more details below

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Jet Li busts some heads in the action flick Black Mask. The film is presented in a very nice 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Artisan's work on this disc is excellent, save for a small amount of speckling in the image. Otherwise, this is a very solid-looking transfer that sports dark black levels and bright color patterns. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and is very aggressive and bombastic. Directional effects are utilized often with the bass coming in low and loud. Those in possession of a home theater system won't be disappointed by this 5.1 mix of the film. All aspects of the audio track are free and clear of any hiss or distortion. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are included on this disc. Black Mask is rather thin when it comes to supplements -- the only extra features included on this disc are some TV spots and theatrical trailers, the ability to jump to specific fight scenes, some info on the Wushu school of martial arts, some production notes, and some info on the cast and crew.

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There are two reasons to see Black Mask: Jet Li and Yuen Wo Ping. It seems Li's star has risen in Hollywood as far as it's going to go, which is great news for B-movie and Hong Kong action fans; who wants to see Li bogged down with big-studio budgets, lame stories, and romantic interests? Li's at his miraculous, gravity-defying best when he's taking down an army of black leather-clad gangsters with swords -- and blindfolded, to boot -- as he did in 1993's The Legend 2. Ping, on the other hand, was only discovered in L.A. in the early 2000s, after his one-two punch of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but action fans were well aware of his artistry, if not his name, for years. Ping has perfected what he calls "wire work," which allows performers to seemingly fly for short distances and run along walls, effects put to terrific use in those two films. Which is what's ultimately disappointing about Black Mask: There is very little of the spectacle expected from Ping and Li, although the three astonishingly athletic martial arts sequences are still nothing short of amazing. But the story is confusing -- or maybe it's the dubbing -- and some unanswered questions are raised: why does Li's genetically enhanced soldier wear that hat and mask? To look like Kato? Was this an audition for The Green Hornet?

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
UPC:
0012236114048
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
48,410

Special Features

Closed Caption; 16:9 widescreen version; 5.1 English Dolby Digital; TV spots; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Music video; English closed captioning; Interactive game

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jet Li Tsui Chik
Lau Ching-Wan Inspector Shek
Karen Mok Tracy
Françoise Yip Yuek=Ian
Patrick Lung Kang Commander Hung
Anthony Wong King Kau

Technical Credits
Daniel Lee Director
Teddy Chan Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Tiffany Chen Executive Producer
William Fung Costumes/Costume Designer
Tsui Hark Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Heung Producer
Koan Hui Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Cheung Ka-Fai Editor
Mabel Kwan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Lui Art Director
Eddie Ma Art Director
Joe Ma Screenwriter
Stephen Ma Special Effects
Yuen Woo Ping Action Director
DJ Revolution Score Composer
Teddy Robin Songwriter
Cheung Tung-Leung Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Project 701
2. Opening Title
3. A New Life
4. Drug Lord's Massacre
5. Simon's New Friend
6. Disarming a Bomb
7. Black Mask Is Born
8. The Last Drug Lord
9. Black Mask Meets the 701
10. Two Lovers Reunited
11. The 701's Lair
12. An Unhappy Birthday
13. Kidnapping the Girl
14. The Crime Watch Files
15. A Romantic Dinner
16. No More Secrets
17. Ambush at the Hospital
18. Betrayed by a Friend
19. A Love Remembered
20. Black Mask Recovers
21. Simon and Rock Fight
22. Setting a Trap
23. Rock Discovers 701's Lair
24. The Final Battle
25. A Whole New Man
26. End Credits

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