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Review: The Raid (Well Go USA)

The Raid
The Raid
3 stars

Starring: Tony Leung, Jacky Cheung, Dean Shek, Fennie Yuen

Directed: Tony Ching, Tsui Hark

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Format: DVD Color: Color

Audio: Cantonese Subtitles: English

Distributor: Well Go USA


From Siu-Tung Ching (THE KILLER, HERO) and Tsui Hark (A BETTER TOMORROW, ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA), starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Jacky Cheung, Corey Yuen and Dean Shek in his final role) comes the groundbreaking live-action retelling of 1958’s UNCLE CHOY, one of China’s most famous manhua (comic books) of all time.

In the early days of the Chinese Republic, Dr. Choy (Shek), once a soldier, is now an aging doctor. Captured and coerced by tribesmen to treat soldiers suffering from poison gas attacks, Choy assembles a motley crew of misfit rebels to aid in a million-to-one plan to destroy a chemical weapons plant and overthrow the evil Manchu empire. – Well Go USA



Audio Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

The sound quality is good for DVD a With a 5.1 sound track but at times the bassy dialogue sounds a little distorted.

Rating: 3 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: DVD

The picture quality is pretty good for DVD. Good sharpness on close-ups and distant shots still maintain good detail. Colors pop but as with all DVD’s the color still has a faded look.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: March 28, 1991 (Hong Kong)
DVD Disc release Date: October 13, 2015 (USA)


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My Thoughts

The raid brings comic book style layovers with action that hits on different levels. We have wire work, hand to hand, sword fights and gun fights. The story is OK but at time feels rushed or jumbled and that could be from editing. Yes we have action but the movie pushes past the opening and brings in the comedy element which runs through out. Of course we see more serious tones when we get to the important story lines and action. But let’s not forget this film is based in a 30’s comic book and we see those elements mixed with comedy and action.

The Story is Decent from this 1991 Action Adventure film and felt it could use some work mixing some of the comedy portions in with the serious portions but hey, it maybe because I’m an American and don’t get the style that much. But I have a feeling it came down to the editing. The action was good with mix of everything. Shoot outs are good with blood splattering, hand to hand and other weapon fights scenes were small so the movie is mostly gun action but we also get some small amounts of gore too. But when the swords do fly it’s pretty fun also involves a kid with a sling shot as well. The comedy was OK but at time can be over the top and that’s just a small portion that doesn’t get in the way much. I did find my self laughing a few times.

Overall the film was a decent watch with a decent story with at times good action. One thing I wished they did was take the comic book overlay and apply it more and or take it out at the beginning. Could have been to separate story line’s and scenes.

With the that said I give The Raid a 3 out of 5 as it was a decent watch and if you like 90’s Asian action involving shootouts then check it out as this film I think is the first time it’s released on DVD. It’s not bad.


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


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