Company: Twilight Time
Starring: Brandon Lee, Nick Mancuso, Raymond J. Barry, Tzi Ma, Kate Hodge, Tony
Product Description: Rapid Fire (1992) focuses on Jake Lo, a Los Angeles art student who unwittingly gets involved with a deadly Mafia drug distributor. He is then recruited by a police lieutenant and his tough but attractive partner to help nab both the Mafioso and his deadly associate, Kinman Tau.
My Review and Thoughts:
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Rapid fire is one of my favorite action packed films. I was super excited to learn that Twilight Time was bringing this to Blu-ray. I never understood why this film never got the special edition Blu-ray treatment it deserved. Now thankfully through Twilight Time, this is a wonderful special edition Blu-ray by the one and only company. They do an amazing job in capturing this great film, bringing it to a new audience on a new high-quality transfer, 1080p high definition. I am a super fan of Brandon Lee. Brandon Lee died way too soon just like his father. Brandon Lee, I thought was going to be one of the great action packed Stars of Hollywood. He left very few films but the films he did leave left a lasting mark in the action world. Rapid Fire is one of those. Of course, it will always be the one and only The Crow that everyone will remember him as. Specifically knowing that he died making the film, but Rapid Fire was one I consider to be his greatest. He did such a wonderful job capturing his father's Essence in this film.
From Showdown in Little Tokyo, Rapid Fire and The Crow, he left three solid films that left a lasting mark in my life. A lasting mark in my movie loving life. I think all three films are worthy to be praised and worthy to remember his Essence, his power and his Beauty. He died at 28 years old, such a shame, such a horrible reality. He had so much ahead of him. I think another horrible reality of Brandon Lee's death is that he was talking to 20th Century Fox in continuing the character of Jake Lo in Rapid Fire 2, which would have been such a great series of films.
This also stars another wonderful actor Powers Boothe. He was a constant example of villain, character actor, or the one you always remember. It's hard to believe he is no longer with us. He left a vast career of Cinema both great and small. He always owned his characters and created a Flawless reality around the situations at hand. I always thought he was a perfect villain throughout his films. I personally will always remember him from his defining moment as playing one of the evilest men in all of history. The cult leader Jim Jones. He did a fantastic and utterly cinematic mastery in this 1980 miniseries. If you have not seen Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, you need to seek it out and watch the Brilliance of Powers Boothe. Other films I absolutely loved him in as Southern Comfort, A Breed Apart, Red Dawn, The Emerald Forest, Nixon. It was great seeing him again in Rapid Fire.
Rapid fire was directed by Dwight H. Little. Little was an interesting director that has a vast career of many styles of films, most directors tend to stick to one type of category whether it's comedy or action or drama sometimes mixing in other genres, but Little had a vast career of mixing so many different styles of films, just to name a few films, Getting Even, Marked for Death, Bloodstone, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Murder at 1600 and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. As of this writing he is only directing television series and TV movies since 1997. His TV career has captured many wonderful TV series, from The X-Files, Bones, 24, Prison Break and countless others. I think his direction of the action film Rapid Fire; he did a splendid job in capturing that adrenalin mentality that you want in an action film. He also added drama, capturing his characters on screen in the living Realty.
I've always felt that Rapid Fire never got the Acclaim that it deserved. So many critics hated it. So many people put it down, but I think it was a wonderful film capturing the essence of Brandon Lee. There is a lot of action in it and a lot of fast paced reality on screen. It's almost as if, one critic described it as a video game. If you go into this wanting a thought-provoking Oscar-worthy film, you're going to be majorly let down. If you go into this wanting an action adrenaline film starring a person that has fast moves and uses Jeet Kune Do fighting style, then you will be rewarded with a good time.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
I have seen Rapid Fire many times. I saw it on the big screen when it first came out alongside my Mom and Dad. I saw it on VHS. I've seen it on DVD. I've seen it on television and now I've seen it on a high-quality high-definition 1080p Blu-ray that looks amazing. Fantastic in sound quality, crisp in imagery. The colors are vibrant. The whole product is worthy to praise when it comes to audio and video.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
Isolated Music Track: the music for this film is by a wonderful American composer named Christopher Young. Young is an interesting composer, he has created many musical realities for many different styles of films. All one must do is look at his many styles, from lower-budget, to horror films, to even award-worthy films including one of my personal favorites Hellraiser. The modern Sci-fi classic Species. The fresh take on the slasher genera Urban Legend. The spooky ghost story The Grudge, among many others. He also composed for The Shipping News and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for this film. I have always felt his music made the movies he worked on more brilliant. I think he is an underrated musician. It's great listening to this isolated music track.
Audio Commentary with Composer Christopher Young and Film Historian Nick Redman. This was a fantastic special feature. Not only do you get the isolated score from Christopher Young, you also get to hear him in the audio commentary alongside one of the great film historians of all-time Nick Redman. This commentary alongside the isolated score track is worthy to be praised for this Blu-ray and it is a must own Blu-ray in that reality, because you get so much from the audio commentary that the movie can be watched in a different way.
Featurette Introducing Brandon Lee
Original Theatrical Trailer
Another fantastic product. A wonderful transfer to high definition 1080p. The sound quality and the video are fantastic. You get some wonderful special features. This is a film that I feel has always been underrated. It is a film that I feel should be expressed in the essence of Brandon Lee and his father Bruce Lee. I feel that this is a movie that is a cult status genre. It's a film that lingers on your mind long after it's over. I have always remembered this film from seeing it on the big screen for the first time and now being able to experience it on 1080p high-definition special edition Blu-ray by Twilight Time is a fantastic, awesome, spectacular treat. Highly recommended.
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