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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Meltdown (Shu Dan Long Wei)

Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 52 (Sept 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Jet LI, Yau Shuk Ching, Jacky Cheung, Charlie Young, Kwan Sau Mei, Lee Lik Chee & Yang Chung Hsien

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes a photo gallery with Jet Li trivia, biographies, the theatrical trailer, and four bonus trailers:

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 06594
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for strong violence and some language.
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 101
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995/2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/19/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Wong Jing
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Made in Hong Kong in 1995, Meltdown (aka Shu Dan Long Wei) stars Jet Li as Kit Li, a former police officer, who after failing to save his wife from a terrorist known as The Doctor (Kelvin Wong), takes a job as stunt double for the famous action star Frankie Lane (Cheung) who is supposedly doing his own stuntwork. Kit accompanies Frankie to a prestigious hotel where he is to attend an evening gala, but...The Doctor and his gang take over the hotel in order to steal the Crown Jewels of Russia, and since Frankie is too afraid to do anything about it, Kit must confront his past and take action on his own. Lots of high-flying martial arts action, but the cheap shots that seem to be taken at action-comedy star Jackie Chan are not appreciated. (Laurie Sevano)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits good color fidelity, with nicely balanced fleshtones, fully saturated hues and deep blacks. While images can be sharp, with good detail and definition, at times the picture can seem a bit soft or slightly smeared. There are source element artifacts and dirt apparent throughout. Edge enhancement can be quite bothersome. (Suzanne Hodges)

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