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Can't Quite Give A High Rank
Reviewed in Canada on October 24, 2003
Ok, I saw this movie when it came out in the theaters. I saw it when it came out on DVD. Something didn't seem right about the movie. It seemed choppy. Then a few months ago, I saw it on TNT, and it seemed to flow better. Do you want to know why? Do you? Well here's why. When New Line Cinema released this movie, they cut scenes out, cut scenes shorter, and generally chopped off 5-10 minutes of the film. I HATE it when distribution companies do this. Then recently on TNT, they ran the whole version of the movie, without edits. There were scenes that just helped the flow of trhe movie and the underwater fight was noticably longer and more impressive. While this was never by any means Chan's best movie, the whole version deserves a 4 star rating. However, because this is a review of the DVD, which is lacking 5-10 minutes, I cannot give it the 4 stars. If New Line goes back to release a Director's Cut DVD with the whole version and optional Chinese language track, it would get a 4. But until then, this otherwise great movie gets 3.