Shanghai Knights appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. No significant issues cropped up here.
For the most part, sharpness seemed strong. I noticed some small edge haloes and a few slightly soft wide shots, but the majority of the flick demonstrated positive delineation. No issues with shimmering or jaggies materialized, and the image lacked print flaws.
Colors became one of the best aspects of the presentation. The film went with a broad palette that looked vivid and dynamic throughout the film. Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows seemed smooth and clear. The image barely fell below “A”-level consideration, as it looked quite nice.
I also felt pleased with the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack – even if it came as a disappointment that the Blu-ray lacked a lossless option. Still, the DD mix gave us a broad, engaging soundscape with many exciting moments. Action components filled out the room and gave us a good sense of place. Elements moved smoothly and created a fine environment for all the material.
Audio quality was also good. Music seemed vibrant and bold, while effects showed clean, accurate tones with solid bite. Speech remained concise and distinctive. This was a quality mix.
We find the DVD’s extras duplicated here, and these include two separate audio commentaries. For the first, we get a running, screen-specific chat from director David Dobkin as he discusses how he came onto the project and challenges related to the creation of a sequel, sets and locations, visual design, period elements and costumes, action and stunts, cast and performances, story/character topics, music, editing and audio, and a few other areas.
Overall, this becomes an informative chat. Dobkin goes silent a little more often than I’d like, but when he talks, he delivers good information. Heck, he even refers to the movie’s surfeit of goofs and anachronisms. I find a lot to enjoy in this piece.
For the second commentary, we hear from writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar as they sit together for their running, screen-specific discussion. As expected, they concentrate on story, character and screenplay areas, but they also talk a little about general filmmaking topics.
I think the commentary starts well, as Millar and Gough seem honest and informative as they get into the first film, issues related to sequels and aspects of their work. After the first act or so, though, matters become less consistent; while we still get good info, the writers tens to laugh too much at the film and leave useful notes by the wayside. This remains a good track overall, but it does sag after the first act.
Under Fight Manual, we get a nine-minute, three-second featurette with Dobkin and actor Jackie Chan. They sit together and discuss the movie’s fight sequences and action choreography. We get a decent look at these elements in this brisk piece.
11 Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 28 minutes, eight seconds. Most of these give us extended versions of existing scenes, so we don’t find a lot of truly new material. The majority of the additions seem pretty insubstantial, but they’re not bad to watch. “” should’ve made the final cut, mainly because it explains what happened to Roy and Falling Leaves from the first film.
Finally, Action Overload gives us a rapid-paced compilation. The one-minute, 34-second reel gives us an overview of the flick’s action scenes in one music video-style package. It also tints the footage and offers a silent movie feel. I think it’s kind of dopey, but maybe others will like it.
The disc opens with ads for The Lone Rangerand The Muppet Movie. Sneak Peeks also provides promos for The Lion King on Broadway and Baby Daddy. No trailer for Knights appears here.
Shanghai Knights could be funny at times, but it never became memorable. It offered a breezy way to blow a couple of hours and nothing more. The Blu-ray delivers very good picture and audio along with a generally positive set of bonus materials that accent two commentaries. The Blu-ray upgrades the DVD but the movie itself remains mediocre.
Note that the Blu-ray of Shanghai Knights pairs it with the original film from 2000. Both appear on the same disc.
To rate this film go to the original review of SHANGHAI KNIGHTS