Chan's 'Police Story' Puts a Kick in Holiday Viewing; 'Invincible' Tugs at Ties That Bind

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Chan's 'Police Story' Puts a Kick in Holiday Viewing; 'Invincible' Tugs at Ties That Bind


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Jackie Chan fans can celebrate a kung-fu Christmas with a fresh bonus-packed edition of one of that international icon's best action/comedy showcases, 1985's Police Story, new this week from Dragon Dynasty/Genius Products, Inc. ($24.95). It's our ..

DVD pick of the week

Jackie the actor plays a Hong Kong cop assigned to protect a major drug lord's fetching government-witness mistress (Bridget Lin), a task that results in romantic complications with his jealous girlfriend (Maggie Cheung). Jackie the director keeps the plot careening along at a brisk clip, leavening the elaborately staged action set pieces with slapstick sight gags and satiric pokes at the local judicial system, a la Clint Eastwood's backdate "Dirty Harry" vehicles, while exhibiting a fondness for fast-cutting and frequent frenzied zoom-lensing.

The first of Mr. Chan's Hong Kong films to score a major impact stateside (it even screened at the prestigious New York Film Festival in 1987), "Police Story" helped pave the way for such equally entertaining capers as "Crime Story," "Supercop" and "Rumble in the Bronx," ultimately positioning Mr. Chan as an American action star ("Shanghai Noon," "Rush Hour," et al.).

Generous extras include audio commentary with "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner and Asian film expert Bey Logan, a conversation with Mr. Chan, a retrospective with the latter's famed stunt team, deleted scenes and more.

All told, "Police Story" represents an ideal way to literally kick off the holiday viewing season.

The 'A' list

Warner Home Video leads a busy week for recent theatrical releases making their digital bows with a pair of underperforming thrillers looking for a second life on DVD M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water and Neil LaBute's remake The Wicker Man ($28.98 each), both accompanied by copious extras.

The same label also debuts Richard Linklater's experimental Philip K. Dick sci-fi adaptation A Scanner Darkly ($27.95), with Keanu Reeves.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment provides a pair of comedies, led by the surprise hit Little Miss Sunshine, with Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette heading a screen family that puts the "fun" in dysfunctional; audio commentaries, featurettes and other extras supplement the disc. Fox also unveils Uma Thurman as My Super Ex-Girlfriend ($29.98 each).

Buena Vista Home Entertainment introduces two family-friendly titles, the fact-based inspirational football drama Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear, and the teenage dance hit Step Up ($29.99 each), while Genius Products Inc. proffers the juvenile adventure Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker and the canine caper Chestnut ($19. …

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