The Twins Effect

DVD Rating: **1/2

Reviewed by: Keith Hennessey Brown

Read Keith Hennessey Brown's film review of The Twins Effect

Universal's Region 2 DVD of The Twins Effect kicks off with a piece of piracy is theft shock tactics - that you can't skip over and which therefore earns an automatic black mark. You've paid your money, after all, and shouldn't have to sit through this every time.

The 1.85:1 widescreen transfer is fine, if hardly reference, while the absence of an English dub in favour of subtitles, with a choice of 5.1 and 2.0 Cantonese language tracks instead, seems indicative of the English language distributor's sense that they've got something they're not entirely sure what to do with.

The extras comprise a 14 minute making-of promo, interviews with Jackie Chan (14 minutes), The Twins (five minutes and 11 minutes respectively and unlike the others conducted in Cantonese with English subtitles), Josie Ho (five miutes), Edison Chen (six minutes) and Donnie Yen (13 minutes) - all of which ask questions about what it was like to work with X or play Y - and a selection of four trailers for the film, showcasing the different marketing strategies employed in different territories.

Note should also be made of the Buffyesque menu and title designs, complete with crosses through the O's.

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2004
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Messy martial arts/vampire/ comedy/popstar concoction.
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Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound: 2.0 and 5.1 Cantonese

Extras: Making of featurette, cast and director interviews, trailers

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