Our recommendation for this American slice of Jackie Chan action was "watch only at home, with a six-pack of beer". Well, is that a beer we spy in your hand? Let’s begin with this reasonably entertaining DVD.
"People Just Don't Do That"
Many industry people are totally amazed at Jackie Chan's intense work ethic, according to director David Dobkin in one of two so-so featurettes. Rather more interesting, and sadly too short, is Jackie talking about the editing process, something he feels is paramount in a good action movie.
One of the worst things about the dreadful Tuxedo DVD was that all the deleted material was simply Jackie fluffing lines. Among the 11 deleted scenes on Shanghai Knights, you’ll find four full-length fights to enjoy.
Two commentary tracks grace this disc and both are fairly engaging, with David Dobkin revealing on one how much of the movie was improvised by either Chan or Owen. The other track features screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who chat quite frankly about the process of putting the script together and how they rejected attempts to put in gags involving the likes of Jack the Ripper! If you’re in beer drinking mode, though, best just cut to the film, which comes presented with a meaty 5.1 sound mix.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.