UNLEASHED has several things going for it: a few good actors (Morgan Freeman, Bob Hoskins, and one of Jet Li's best acting
job) and a few fantastic fight scenes in the last 40 minutes. Whether you like where the film decides to go in the first fifty
might get some mixed responses. UNLEASHED aka DANNY THE DOG (in non US countries) is the story of a man (Jet Li) who was raised
to be a human pitbull from an early age by a terrible small time gangster (Bob Hoskins). Danny is emotionally shutdown. He
goes into action when the collar comes off. It does change when he crosses path with Sam (Morgan Freeman), a blind piano tuner.
After a few criminals try to knock off the gangster, Danny runs and thinks teh gangster is dead. Sam takes him in. Sam and
Victoria (his step-daughter) try to get Danny to emotionally connect as a human being and Danny slowly begins to realize there
is more to life than being a gangster's attack dog.
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Image detail is ahrp while colors (and shadow values) are good)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 5.1 DTS
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English captions
The sound is stellar. Dialogue is clear. Top notch.
The extras could have been better. The only extras are two music videos (Massive Attack, The Rza) and three featurettes.
The best featurette is the five minute featurette with Director Louis Leterrier. He doesn't offer any deep insights into making
the film. The other two featurettes could have been edited down and combined into one. SERVE NO MASTER is a clip heavy look
at the fight sequences created by Yuen Wo Ping while THE COLLAR COMES OFF is a behind the scenes look at UNLEASHED (interviews
with jet Li, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Hoskins). Both have some behind-the-scenes footage, but they could have been combined
into one featurette and lost some of the clips from the movie. This disc could have used an audio commentary with the director.
Overall, a disappointing batch of extras.
FINAL ANALYSIS: The DVD should rent well and the fight sequences make UNLEASHED one to watch. I do wish the extras were
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