Flash Point

Flash Point

DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Ben Sillis

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Not a bad bunch of extras, although the producers could have expanded them in other directions a little.

An 18 minute Making Of featurette is just about the right length for a behind the scenes doc, and for a kinetic film like Flash Point, provides some great insights into just how the Hong Kong film industry manages to create such high action production values on a much smaller budget to Hollywood. Basically, it's because they're harder than all of those airy-fairy American actors, and will quite happily throw themselves headfirst on to concrete for a stunt. I wish the Wayans brothers would do that more often, although not necessarily for the cameras.

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The Ultimate Fighters vignette could easily have been the best feature on it, focusing on the training the actors needed to get to grips with the mixed martial arts, and make it exciting for the screen. Unfortunately, it's only two minutes long, when it could easily have been half an hour. A diary of a day's rigorous training schedule, for instance, would have been great.

The lengthiest section of the extras is the cast and crew interviews - sadly the type where a non-existent interviewer quizzes them through inter-titles. They're fine enough, but after Yen (by far the most interesting, and in a random aside, he speaks superb English) you start to realise that the clips from these interviews in the Making Of are enough.

As usual, you can see why the brief deleted scenes were cut from the film, and trailers round off the package, as per.

Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2008
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Hong Kong police thriller about a cop out to take out the Triad brothers terrorising the city.
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Region: 2

Ratio: 2.35:1 widescreen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Making Of, Ultimate Fighters vignette, Deleted Scenes, Cast and Crew Interviews

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