Although there is slight room for improvement, Fox/Fortune Star is doing a great job with these Hong Kong titles. I hope everybody who is interested in Hong Kong films supports Fox so that they continue this line. Below are brief reviews for the latest wave of Hong Kong DVD's. In just about all cases, this is the best these movies have ever looked. I was a little disappointed in the transfer for DUEL TO THE DEATH but overall these have been outstanding. With the exception of EASTERN CONDORS, the 5.1 mixes have been very good. I would prefer the original theatrical mixes which is most likely mono. One minor annoyance is that these are dubtitles. Simplified subtitles that match what is being said on the English dub. This is a problem in IN THE LINE OF DUTY 4 because a scene is not explained before it occurs. It's obvious why it takes place but other translations have made it clearer. IN THE LINE OF DUTY IV IN THE LINE OF DUTY IV is widely regarded as the best of the IN THE LINE OF DUTY SERIES as well as a classic Girls With Guns movie. Once again, Cynthia Khan is excellent as the unstoppable cop. This time she needs to team up with Donnie Yen to bust up a CIA drug ring that unbeknownst to him, his partner, Michael Wong is a part of. When a drug deal goes bad, an innocent bystander is the only witness. Wanted by the cops and the CIA, he goes back home to Hong Kong. When he arrives, the police are all over him. Cynthia Khan and Donnie Yen must protect him while they unravel the case. When they find the truth, they too, are sought for arrest. When the bystander's mother is kidnapped, Donnie and Cynthia must rescue her. IN THE LINE OF DUTY IV is nonstop action from beginning to end. There are fights on rooftops, moving ambulances, and motorcycles. This movie is pure fun to watch as long as you don't get bogged down by little things like everybody in America speaking Cantonese. There are great performances by Cynthia Khan and Donnie Yen in this movie and great directing by Yuen Wo Ping. While this movie might be a little too much for those unfamiliar with Hong Kong movies, fans will eat this movie up. There are few extras on this DVD. There are two trailers for IN THE LINE OF DUTY IV and trailers for other Fox/Fortune Star releases. Fox's IN THE LINE OF DUTY IV is definitely worth getting for fans of the movie as well as those interested in Girls With Guns movies. While lacking the extras of the UK's HKL DVD, it looks better and sounds just as good. For those in North America without region free payers, your wait is over for a great version of this movie. MY LUCKY STARS MY LUCKY STARS is about two undercover cops played by Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. They follow a criminal to Japan only to be overpowered by the Ninja gang that protects him. Jackie narrowly escapes but Yuen is taken captive. Jackie needs help in a big way but since the criminal is an ex-Hong Kong Cop, he will recognize whoever comes to help. Jackie has the HK police draft his childhood friends. Lead by Sibelle Hu, the gang goes to Japan to help Jackie, MY LUCKY STARS is just as much a comedy as an action movie. There are long stretches without action but the comedy while sometimes goofy, is usually amusing. The comedy may be a turn off to those looking for more of an action flick. A large segment of it pertains to Sammo Hung and the gang trying to sleep in the same room as Sibelle Hu. There are some great action sequences. One features Jackie Chan fighting bad guys in a Haunted House amusement ride. There is also a good fight between Sibelle Hu and Japanese body builder Michiko Nishikawa. Even though the fights are rather few in this movie, they definetly good ones. Fox's MY LUCKY STARS doesn't have that many extras but the it should satisfy fans of the movie. Fox's MY LUCKY STARS is a must have if you are a fan of the movie. This movie isn't everybody's cup of tea so I wouldn't reccamend a blind buy. There are some good fight scenes but there is plenty of goofy comedy mixed in. Even though Jackie Chan is the main star, Sammo Hung is in it much more. There are some great moments in the movie, like Michiko Nishiwaki's first movie appearance. You will remember her if you have seen IN THE LINE OF DUTY 3. Fox and Fortune Star have given this movie a good presentation. The only flaw is the subtitles appearing when nothing is being said on the Cantonese track in two places. Everything else is very well done. HEART OF DRAGON HEART OF DRAGON features Jackie as a tough detective and Sammo Hung as his 30 year old mentally challenged brother. Jackie would love to join the merchant marines but needs to take constant care of his brother who has the mind of a child and can't be left alone. When Sammo innocently gets involved with jewel thieves, it is up to Jackie and his police friends to save the day. HEART OF DRAGON is a drama and really shows that Jackie is more than an action hero. He can act very well. The same can be said for Sammo Hung. The two really shine in this movie. If you have only seen Jackie's more recent movies, this one will come as a surprise. Though few, the fights are brutal and deliberate. No slapstick here. The moral of this story is that you just don't get between Jackie Chan and his brother. This is a great movie if you want to see another side of Jackie Chan. Sammo doesn't fight in this movie but his performance is wonderful. This movie is as close to a tear jerker as you will ever get from Jackie and Sammo. There are some truly touching scenes. Some really hate this movie but I think it's a great display of what Jackie and Sammo can do. Fox's HEART OF DRAGON contains extra fight scenes as a bonus feature as well as trailers. The extra fight scenes are from a longer cut of the movie but the film itself on this DVD is the original Hong Kong version. My opinion is that the movie works better without the extra scenes but you will be able to see for yourself on this DVD. Fox's HEART OF DRAGON is a solid DVD and a welcome one for fans of this movie. While I probably wouldn't recommend a blind purchase, it's a great movie to see another side of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. Definitely not an action film, but a good drama that may bring a tear to your eye. Fox and Fortune Star have another winner with HEART OF DRAGON. EASTERN CONDORS Directed by Sammo Hung, EASTERN CONDORS is an action packed war movie much in the style of The Dirty Dozen. Convicts are offered freedom if they agree to take on a mission to destroy an ammo depot left behind by the Americans after the conflict in Vietnam has ended. The prisoners parachute to their dropping point and are joined by three women who are Cambodian fighters. Together they forge ahead to find the depot. EASTERN CONDORS stars Sammo Hung, Yuen Baio, Yuen Wo Ping, Joyce Godenzi, and Yuen Wah. With this cast, you can bet that there is plenty of action. From gun battles to kung fu, this movie covers it all. Fox's EASTERN CONDORS doesn't have that many extras but this DVD is a must for those in Region 1 who don't have multi-region players. For those with the HKL DVD, you might even find a reason to get this one, too. Fox is doing a good job on their releases so far. There is some room for improvement but that will be explained later. Fox's EASTERN CONDORS is definitely worth picking up if you are a fan of the movie. If you are in region 1, this is the best you can get. Those who have the Hong Kong Legends Region 2 version may consider this DVD for the improved picture but may be disappointed in the sound. I don't consider the lack of extras all that bad because I am thrilled just to have the uncut movie in it's original language. DUEL TO THE DEATH DUEL TO THE DEATH features Chui Siu Keung as a Japanese Shogun warrior and Damian Lau as a Chinese warrior from the Shaolin Temple who must compete in a duel to see which is better. A lot depends on this as each represents their respective discipline. While the two accept their fates as warriors and want an honorable fight, a Japanese Monk, played by Eddie Ko Hung, has other plans. The Monk, assisted by Ninjas, steals secret Shaolin scrolls in hopes of wreaking havoc on all who oppose them. Directed by Ching Siu-Tung, DUEL TO THE DEATH is a fantasy swordplay film that is full of action. The action sequences are very well filmed and include liberal amounts of gore. The Ninjas have lots of trick up their sleeves including suicide bombers and flying on gliders. They also have an odd one where what appears to be one giant Ninja is actually several naked female Ninjas. This film is great for fans of fantasy swordplay as well as old school kung fu movies. DUEL TO THE DEATH is a classic movie and some consider it to be one the best swordplay films ever made. I haven't seen other versions of this film on DVD to compare so I can't say if others may have a better transfer. While the night scenes show some noise on the big TV, the overall image is quite watchable. If you are a fan of the movie, I would still recommend this DVD and would even say it's a good blind purchase for those interested in swordplay movies.