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Medallion, The
Genre: Action Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 81 (Feb 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani, Julian Sands & John Rhys-Davies

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include an audio commentary track with director Gordon Chan and editor Don Brochu, 14 deleted scenes, and an alternate ending.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 00502
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Action violence and some double entrendre
(Retail Price): $26.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/23/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gordon Chan
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After taking possession of a sacred book, Snakehead (Sands) discovers that in the year of the snake a child was chosen to protect a holy medallion, which Snakehead is desperate to have for himself. When melding the two halves of The Medallion together as one, after the boy touches the reborn that person shall be endowed with extraordinary powers. After Snakehead kidnaps the child, Detective Eddie Yang (Chan) travels from Hong Kong to England to rescue him, and after doing so he is killed, therefore, becoming the reborn. Working with Interpol agents Nicole James (Forlani) and Arthur Watson (Evans) and with the aid of his new supernatural strength, Eddie is caught up in a battle of good versus evil as he tries to destroy the master of crime once and for all. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1-framed DVD picture exhibits generally sharp and detailed images that can be nicely textured. Colors are well balanced with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are naturally rendered, with the action-packed night scenes peppered with vibrant spot colors at times. The source element is revealing of some grain and a few artifacts. Unfortunately, the picture has a

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