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Born To Fight Two Disc Ultimate Edition (DVD-Video)

 

Picture: C+ Sound: B Extras: C Film: C

 

 

Tony Jaa may not be here, but Born To Fight (2004) is from most of the creators of his films Ong-Bak and The Protector. It is also a bizarre tale of terrorists with nuclear weapons talking over a Thai village, an advanced fighting force goes after them and tries to neutralize them. It is really a weak story and excuse for fancy fight scenes that do by-pass any digital effects. Too bad it by-passes a good script.

 

Though this is good for some of the action, the film get ridiculous when a child or two can fight and becomes very problematic when there is just far too much (and it is dragged out beyond belief) child-in-jeopardy situations as most are not able to fight. Throw in a Buddhist temple where a monk gets killed and the fight scenes become the only break from some very desperate situations. Strictly for action fans only, but I will stick with Jaa projects.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is softer than action fans will want, with depth sometimes an issue. As for sound, the 5.1 Dolby & DTS mixes do not have the soundfields they should have, though the DTS is warmer and fuller by comparison. The combination feels like an upgrade of the old dubbed 1970s martial arts cycle. Extras include martial arts cinema expert Bey Logan on DVD 1, while DVD 2 adds original trailer, U.S. promo trailer, an hour-long documentary and featurette on the action.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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