Full Contact (1992) (DVD)

Ringo Lam has a gift for humor and staging action sequences. However, a good film, even a good “action” film requires something to hold the action and humor together in between, and this is an area wherein Lam hasn’t been able to prove himself yet.  Chow Yun-Fat stars in “FULL CONTACT,” just released by COLUMBIA TRISTAR.  Fat plays a likeable bouncer whose kind heart is made apparent when he tries protecting a friend from a tough loan shark, and becomes entangled within a crime ring.  For humor, there are some hilarious over-the-top characters, including a bimbo and gay squared bad guy.

The film plays out like a comic book we’ve all read before, but it’s a fun comic book all-the-same.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement.  Colors are generally solid, varying from rich to adequate. Contrast is more problematic, however, causing details to be lacking in darker scenes. Fleshtones appear natural.

COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a Dolby Stereo mix, which is a mixed bag. While one can appreciate the intent of a generally reserved mix, the images Lam creates are blatantly over-the-top, calling for more pronounced effects!  There are minor separation effects throughout and the dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.

While both an English mix and the original Cantonese mix are offered, the dubbing is mediocre.

An option for either widescreen or full frame versions is included. Theatrical trailers for several films are also included.