Organized Crime and Triad Bureau
Chung ngon sat luk O gei
Cover art courtesy Tai Seng.
Danny Lee. Image courtesy Tai Seng.
Anthony Wong and Cecilia Yip. Image courtesy Tai Seng.
British Columbia: 14 YRS (Some Violence)*
Hong Kong: II [Cut for Classification]
Ontario: R (Violence)*
Singapore: PG [Passed With Cuts]
* The pre-cut HK version
ORGANIZED CRIME AND TRIAD BUREAU suffered
several cuts in order to avoid a Category III rating but is presented intact
on this release. The film's color scheme is very subdued, even during sunny
exteriors. The color correction here seems slightly off at times and grain
is evident in spots but the transfer is reasonable. Tai Seng's DVD improves
upon their tape and LD editions in several ways. Digital video noise reduction
has cleaned up most of the flaws in the source material, the hues are purer,
there are newly translated, removeable subtitles that read much better (though
they do change Lee's nickname from "Crazy Dragon" to "Rambo"),
and there is now an English dubtrack for those that want it. Most noteworthy
of all is a commentary by Wong (who enjoyed a successful Hollywood debut in
1998 with THE BIG HIT but has pretty much been in a holding pattern ever since).
He occasionally starts watching the picture and forgets to talk but offers
some interesting trivia about the production, Danny Lee's obsession with playing
cops and why he uses the same martial arts move in every movie, shooting on
the streets of HK without a permit, and problems they had dealing with the
inhabitants of Cheung Chau island, where a good portion of the film takes
place. The disc also includes detailed, accurate filmographies for the director,
Lee, Anthony Wong, and Cecilia Yip, and some video promo spots. The master
tape has several glitches, which are a bit of a distraction.
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