Written by: Michael Den Boer on August 7th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 2007
Director: Benny Chan
Writers: Benny Chan, Chi-man Ling, Melody Lui
Cast: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue, Jacky Wu, Lisa Lu, Andy On, Candy Liu, Elanne Kwong, Sam Lee, Ken Lo, Vincent Sze, Mei Wang Xue
BluRay released: August 2nd, 2010
Approximate running time: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD Master 5.1 Cantonese, DTS-HD Master 5.1 English
BluRay Release: Cine Asia
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: £24.99
Synopsis: Three cops take it upon themselves to capture a group of ruthless thieves, who’s crimes have affected each of their lives.
Invisible Target was co-written and directed by Benny Chan, who is most known for his collaborations with Jackie Chan (The New Police Story, Robin-B-Hood). Story wise this film is filled with wall to wall cliches, that majority fans of action cinema are sure to immediately spot and connect with. What this film lacks in character development it more than makes up with its grandiose action set pieces. And while these moments in between the action set pieces tend to drag at times. They are a necessary evil to help move the story forward.
The most effective aspect of this story is the way in which it blurs the line between good versus evil. Performance wise the cast are all very good in their respective roles. With the film’s standout performance coming from Nicholas Tse (The Beast Stalker) in the role of Detective Chan Chun. Ultimately despite its many peaks and valleys, Invisible Target is a solid action film that is always entertaining and at times grim.
Invisible Target comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels look strong and details look razor sharp throughout. There are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, DTS-HD Master 5.1 Cantonese and a DTS-HD Master 5.1 English. There really is not any difference between the two audio mixes range wise. Dialog is always clear and everything sounds balanced. The action sequences shine most from these audio mixes. This release comes with removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free.
Extras for this release include a teaser (59 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles) and trailer for the film (2 minutes 8 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), 7 deleted and extended scenes, three featurette’s ‘Fight for the Glory: Constructing the Action Sequences of Invisible Target’ (18 minutes 57 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), ‘Storyboard Comparison’ (18 minutes – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles) and ‘The Gala Premier’ (9 minutes 51 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), a ‘Making of’ documentary (24 minutes 59 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles) and interviews with director Benny Chan (22 minutes 28 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), actors Jaycee Chan (18 minutes 52 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Shawn Yue (19 minutes 31 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), Wu Jing (27 minutes 52 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), Phillip Ng (25 minutes 58 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Vincent Sze (15 minutes 9 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and Andy On (20 minutes 20 seconds – anamorphic widescreen). Every area of this production are covered in the various interviews and behind the scenes segments. With the best extra being the interview with director Benny Chan. Also included with this release are trailers for Fist of Legend, Killzone and Robin-B-Hood. Overall Invisible Target gets a first rate audio / video presentation from Cine Asia, that also ports over the abundance of extra content that originally appeared on Dragon Dynasty’s region 1 DVD release.