WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Jackie Chanís First Strike
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Jackie Chan, Chen Chun Wu & Jackson Lou

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID3954LI
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 84
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1997
(LD Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Stanley Tong
(Screenplay/Written By): Stanley Tong, Nick Tramontane, Greg Mellott & Elliott Tong
(Story): NA
(Music): J. Peter Robinson
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Oliver Wong
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Peter Cheung, HKSE & Chi Wai Yau, HKSE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Leonard Ho
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Barbie Tung

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Technovision & Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): SDDS & Dolby Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of the international arms race, Jackie Chanís First Strike stars Chan as a Hong Kong police officer who is contracted by the CIA and a Russian intelligence organization to retrieve a stolen Ukranian nuclear warhead. From the snow-capped mountains of the Ukraine to a shark-infested water park in Australia, Chan pursues a rogue CIA agent and is forced to defend himself in ways that only Jackie Chan canóby using anything within arms reach as a weapon!

LaserDisc Picture:
With a dark overall appearance, the picture exhibits oversaturated colors and fleshtones. Images are generally sharp and detailed with good shadow detail and contrast. Noise is apparent throughout, but with only minor occasional artifacts. The Technovisionģ aspect ratio is framed at 2.35:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
Both the discrete Dolbyģ Digital and PCM matrix soundtracks are on the bright side and slightly thin in character. Bass extension is occasionally deep, especially in the music. Dialogue is often ADR-produced and poorly integrated throughout.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Color Fidelity:
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