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Twins Effect
     

The Twins Effect

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Director: Dante Lam, Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung, Ekin Cheng

Cast: Dante Lam, Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung, Ekin Cheng

 

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It looks great and it sounds great, but one just can't help but feel that something is missing from the Columbia/TriStar release of the Hong Kong bubblegum vampire flick Vampire Effect. Clocking in at a mere 107 minutes in its original form (titled The Twins Effect in Asia to capitalize on the presence of enormously popular Canto-pop duo Twins), the film

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It looks great and it sounds great, but one just can't help but feel that something is missing from the Columbia/TriStar release of the Hong Kong bubblegum vampire flick Vampire Effect. Clocking in at a mere 107 minutes in its original form (titled The Twins Effect in Asia to capitalize on the presence of enormously popular Canto-pop duo Twins), the film has unfortunately been cut down to a scant 88 minutes for stateside consumption. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is gorgeous, sporting bright, vivid colors, and pitch-dark blacks. Audio is available in either dubbed English Dolby Digital 5.1 or original Cantonese 5.1, with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles. Though the dubbing on the Americanized version is adequate, purists will no doubt prefer to hear the film as spoken in its original tongue. Both versions are dynamic and robust, offering solid directional effects and a hearty use of score. A handful of previews comprise the only extra features on the otherwise bare-bones disc.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Canto pop stars The Twins battle legions of undead nightwalkers in this lightweight, genre-hopping hybrid of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Blade. Those looking for serious action or scares need not apply, though escapists in search of a good time and little more will no doubt have their needs more than fulfilled, thanks to The Twins Effect's lightning-fast pace and easygoing thrills. Gone are the hopping vampires that Hong Kong horror fans have come to know and love, replaced instead with a modern, less-stiff variation more familiar to Western audiences. Fans of the aforementioned Wesley Snipes vehicle will no doubt note the uncanny resemblance, though the fanged menace here is certainly much less, well, menacing than those Snipes took arms against. Similarities to Joss Whedon's popular cheerleader-vs.-vampire series abound in more ways than one as well, with the cheerful, wide-eyed performances of Twins Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi seeming especially reminiscent. Hong Kong cinema mainstay Anthony Wong offers a wonderfully quirky supporting role as adviser to New Age vampire Prince Kazaf (Edisen Chen) as well. Slick special effects and stylish direction make the celluloid cotton candy go down easy, and extended cameos by Hong Kong megastars Jackie Chan and Karen Mok press the action and comedy aspects to the forefront with great effect.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2004
UPC:
0043396014152
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:28:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. The Family Buys a Church
3. Federation vs. the Undead
4. Helen
5. Gypsy
6. Vampire Blood Extract
7. The Sister Test I
8. The Sister Test II
9. A Rare, European Vampire
10. The Day-for-Night Book
11. Sunscreen Recipe
12. Jackie & Ivy's Wedding
13. Federation vs. the Undead II
14. The Family Business
15. Banana Cake Antidote
16. A Vampire in Love
17. Blood Bank Withdrawl
18. Ambulance Chasers
19. Jackie vs. the Undead
20. Sisters-in-Law Stick Together
21. The Duke Plays His Hand
22. Kazaf's Blood Essence
23. The Book Is Opened
24. Reeve's Peace
25. The Avengers
26. Helen & Gypsy vs. the Duke
27. To the Undeath
28. End Credits & Outtakes

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