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The Avenging Fist (2001/Well Go DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Film: C+

In the future the world is control by the police who use the 'Power Glove', a glove designed to unlock 100% of the human potential, but when a rogue police 'Combat 21' decides humankind is unworthy of the power, he begins to capture and brainwash all those who can use the glove and creates his Red Dragon Army to take over the world. This is the world of Andrew Lau's The Avenging Fist (2001) with the legendary Sammo Hung.

Nova was just a boy who used his father's 'Avenging Fists' martial arts to make a quick buck off the streets. When his mother is attacked and killed by a mysterious man, she gives him a power glove and tells him he is the only one who can stop Combat 21 and his father is alive, but turns out the mysterious man who killed his mother IS his father who has been brainwashed. Can Nova find the strength and will to defeat Combat 21 and face his father?

This film looked like another long lost film from some archive. The CGI looked like it came from early 3-D video games. The plot and story seemed a little like Star Wars-ish with the whole "I am your father and you must fight me." bit. The battles looked like they came out of some Dragon Ball fight scene of guys standing around and comparing who has the biggest psychic energy balls.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was shot in real anamorphic Elite Scope with Fuji 35mm negative films & Arriflex cameras, cleaned up here, but it only looks so good and is passable at best (they probably need to retransfer the film in a new HD master, then figure out what to do about that really OLD CGI), while the original sound was Dolby Digital theatrical with a 6.1 EX mix, we get a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 without it. It also looks like a previous DVD was issued (overseas?) in discrete DTS-ES 6.1, but we get none of that here. The combination is very sadly average. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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