||DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1
“THE MISSING GUN” has been released by COLUMBIA
TRISTAR. When Ma
Shan, a cop, awakens from a rough night at his sisters’s wedding, he
finds his gun is missing, as well as his memory from the previous
evening. This is no small problem within a communist country wherein
the consequences for a citizen found with a gun are dire. In any cop
film, the worst thing to happen to a cop is to lose a gun, but in Ma
Shan’s world, it means the end of his career, at best! His
investigation into his actions of the previous night bring about
worse results, when his former girlfriend is found dead!
“THE MISSING GUN” has its moments, but it’s also very inconsistent in
tone! It tries to be too many things at the same time. One moment,
it’s almost a homage to film-noir, the next, a comedy, another
minute,…a serious drama.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film’s corrrect 1.85:1 aspect
ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are fine for the most part, but
they vary from scene to scene in detail. Grain is abundant in several
scenes. Contrast is also problematic at times. Fleshtones appear
natural, although everything is generally subdued.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in the original
Cantonese language. Subtitles for English, French and Spanish are
offered. While it’s not an aggressive mix, there is a fair share of
surround involvement. The music is well complimented. Dialogue is
intelligible and free from distortion.
Several trailers are included.