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Danny The Dog (AKA: Unleashed) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A, C

Jet Li (Actor) | Morgan Freeman (Actor) | Bob Hoskins (Actor) | Luc Besson
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Danny The Dog (AKA: Unleashed) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
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Directed by Louis Leterrier, Danny the Dog (a.k.a. Unleashed) is international action star Jet Li's fifth Hollywood film. Instead of the heroic roles he has played in his previous works, Jet Li portrays a man who has been trained as a fierce dog and later wants to escape from his captor. Joined by Bob Hoskins and Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Morgan Freeman, Jet Li exhibits his spectacular martial arts skills in many thrilling fight scenes choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping (Matrix).

Danny (Jet Li) has been living with Bart (Bob Hoskins) ever since he was a kid. Deprived of contact with the outside world, he has learned only one thing from Bart: how to fight. Raised as a dog, complete with collar, Danny has become Bart's most powerful and lethal fighting machine. One day he meets Sam (Morgan Freeman), a blind piano tuner, and his step-daughter Victoria (Kerry Condon), and learns for the first times what kindness and affection mean. Danny wants to start a new life as a human being, but Bart isn't about to just let him go free. Left with no choice, Danny must fight again, but this time it's for his own future!

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Product Title: Danny The Dog (AKA: Unleashed) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 不死狗 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 不死狗 (Blu-ray) (香港版) ダニー・ザ・ドッグ Danny The Dog (AKA: Unleashed) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 鬥犬 斗犬
Artist Name(s): Jet Li (Actor) | Morgan Freeman (Actor) | Bob Hoskins (Actor) | Luc Besson | Phyllida Law | Kerry Condon | Vincent Regan | Dylan Brown | Pierre Morel | Carole Ann Wilson 李 連杰 (Actor) | 摩根費曼 (Actor) | Bob Hoskins (Actor) | 洛比桑 | Phyllida Law | Kerry Condon | 雲遜雷根 | Dylan Brown | Pierre Morel | Carole Ann Wilson 李 连杰 (Actor) | 摩根费曼 (Actor) | 卜贺坚斯 (Actor) | 洛比桑 | Phyllida Law | Kerry Condon | 云逊雷根 | Dylan Brown | Pierre Morel | Carole Ann Wilson 李連杰(ジェット・リー) (Actor) | モーガン・フリーマン (Actor) | Bob Hoskins (Actor) | リュック・ベッソン | フィリーダ・ロウ | Kerry Condon | ビンセント・リーガン | Dylan Brown | Pierre Morel | Carole Ann Wilson 이연걸 (Actor) | Morgan Freeman (Actor) | Bob Hoskins (Actor) | 뤽 베송 | Phyllida Law | Kerry Condon | Vincent Regan | Dylan Brown | Pierre Morel | Carole Ann Wilson
Director: Louis Leterrier 盧域斯羅特希 Louis Leterrier ルイ・レテリエ Louis Leterrier
Action Director: Yuen Woo Ping 袁和平 袁和平 袁和平(ユエン・ウーピン) Yuen Woo Ping
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), C - Russia, Mainland China, India, Central and South Asia What is it?
Release Date: 2009-01-23
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1014078710

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* Video Resolution (maximum) : 1080 Full HD
* Audio Specifications: Dolby 5.1 and DTS MA 5.1 5.1

Director: Louis Leterrier
Action Director: Yuan Woo Ping

This is the story of Danny, a slave who has lived his whole life without any sort of normal human education, with the mind and personality of a young child, with only one lesson learned: how to fight. Treated like a dog by his owner/boss, Bart which includes having to wear a collar, Danny has been raised to be a lethal fighting machine who fights in illegal gladiator-style fight clubs, where he earns lots of money for Bart as the undisputed champion. After a car accident that lands Bart in a coma, however, Danny meets a kind elderly bind piano tuner on the run because he knows secrets some bad guys don’t want known, who uses music to teach Danny some things about the world and about being human.
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Professional Review of "Danny The Dog (AKA: Unleashed) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 20, 2006

This professional review refers to Danny The Dog AKA: Unleashed (2DVD Special Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
David and Margaret of The Movie Show didn't really like Unleashed, giving it a good panning, although admitting that they liked the action sequences and some of the performances. This raised my hackles a little - I liked this film, though I can see why some would feel that it's a little cliched and lacking in dramatic depth. Nonetheless, I really think it's the best thing that Jet Li's done in the Western Cinema world and very like several other recent films from the Luc Besson stable (think The Transporter from the same director, maybe even The Fifth Element in some ways).

The story is centered around Danny, played by Jet Li, who's a rather unique piece of hired muscle employed by Bart (Bob Hoskins). He's unique in that he's not really employed - Bart owns Danny, treating him like a dog, keeping him collared and chained up when he's not hurting people as per Bart's instructions. This arrangement has persisted since Danny was a small child, and he's never known anything but fighting. When he's not doing his job, he stands motionless and empty-eyed, saying nothing except when asked a direct question and little even then.

Bart uses Danny to add threat to his stand-over tactics, collecting money from various businesses on pain of, well, pain. The film starts with a series of these transactions in which we see how effective Danny is once the collar comes off. During one of these fights, Bart is offered a chance (by a bystander) to use Danny in the ring in an underground fighting tournament, fighting to the death for cash.

Separated from Bart through a series of events that I won't spoil, Danny meets a kindly, blind piano tuner played by Morgan Freeman (in perhaps an overly cloying character stereotype) who takes him in and teaches him about many of the things he's never known: music, cooking, family, ice-cream. Assisting in this is his step-daughter, Victoria (Kerry Condon), who gently leads Danny through these experiences, providing the exuberance to match Freeman's gravity and kindliness. Bart's still around, however, and exerts a powerful control over Danny.

The action sequences in the film are crafted by perennial favourite, Yuen Wo-Ping, and are up to his usual level, with a bit more visceral, bone-crunching impact than the work he did for The Matrix series. Danny flies into each fight like a wild thing, punching and kicking repeatedly until his opponent succumbs. There is some weapons fighting as well, and a match in the underground ring between Jet Li and enormous European taekwando champion, Silvio Simac.

For all the fighting, though, it's the dramatic part of the film that actually holds most of the audience's attention. Li gives quite a nuanced performance, with a lot more depth than I've seen in the majority of his work. It's easy to connect with him and feel sympathetic. Everyone else in the film is completely over-the-top and a little bit stereotyped: Bob Hoskins is driven and incredibly slimy; Morgan Freeman is a paragon of virtue; Kerry Condon is a sweet, giddy young girl; and Bart's array of thugs are suitably thuggish and slow. This actually adds a bit of comedy to the film, dealing, though it does, with violence and death. Bart's antics in trying to maintain control of his little world are frequently laughable, and Danny's voyage of discovery in the middle of the film is often sweetly funny.

Definitely worth watching for fans of Li's work, Luc Besson's sillier films and kinetic action movies.

8 beatings in a row out of 10

by Justin Viiret - heroic-cinema.com

August 18, 2005

This professional review refers to Danny The Dog AKA: Unleashed (Hong Kong Version)
Generally speaking, Jet Li's western films have been hampered by the filmmakers' indecision as to how to handle Li's onscreen persona. Since English is not Li's first language, he is typically relegated to playing a stone-faced killer required only to beat the crap out of everyone he sees. It would seem that producers fear Western audiences would have a hard time accepting Li in a sensitive role. In Unleashed (aka Danny the Dog in Europe and Asia), Li plays yet another martial arts murder machine, but this time there's a surprisingly competent story and a strong supporting cast to back him up.

Li plays Danny, an orphan raised as a personal attack 'dog' by a Cockney loan shark he calls Uncle Bart (a menacing Bob Hoskins). Bart keeps Danny in a collar and locked inside a cage, and has trained Danny to be docile while wearing the collar, but a whirling dervish of destruction the moment it comes off. Bart has a sweet scheme going whereby he uses Danny to bludgeon debt payments out of delinquent clients, and in return only has to provide food and a cage.

After a gangland confrontation goes horribly wrong, Danny escapes from his master and finds refuge with Sam (Morgan Freeman), a blind piano tuner from New York who has moved to Glasgow so his teen stepdaughter Victoria (Kerry Condon) can study music. Exposed to the first bit of kindness he can remember, Danny learns about everyday wonders like cooking, shopping and ice cream. Alas, Wonderland is fleeting, and Bart soon relocates his missing 'dog'.

As a scriptwriter, Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional) has always exhibited a vivid imagination, but one countered by an inability to manage narrative coherence. In the case of Unleashed, Besson has put together a story that manages to balance brutality and sentimentality surprisingly well. Following the tried and true three act structure, Besson provides an exposition mirroring the premise used in Conan The Barbarian that erupts with sly cruelty and bone-crushing action, followed by a mushy middle third that follows the trite 'awakening of the man-child' arch.

And just as this sugar train is about to turn saccharine, Besson shifts into high gear with an all-out finale that highlights action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping's masterful fight choreography. It's pretty simple and straightforward stuff, but Besson seems to have put his nose to the grindstone and thought this one through, even managing to garnish the screenplay with a few clever touches, such as a running gag where Danny repeatedly interferes with Bart's attempts to bed down a string of high price escorts.

One of the reasons Unleashed works so well is the supporting cast, with Freeman and Hoskins both excellent in their respective roles. Freeman in particular is the epitome of geniality and decency, and is an actor that most would consider to be well above this sort of material. And yet here he is, bringing a sense of good-natured warmth that breathes life into every scene he's in.

Hoskins, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of Freeman. Brutish, obnoxious and antagonistic, he's perfect as the rotund low-level gangster with visions of greatness riding on Danny's iron fists. Hoskins smartly doesn't let his performance descend into caricature, reining the character in with a chilling layer of cruelty and methodical sanity. This becomes frighteningly clear during the final confrontation between Bart and Danny, where it is seen how truly twisted the relationship is between slave and master.

As the effervescent Victoria, Kerry Condon acquits herself well despite being saddled with a character of limited scope. With Freeman she creates a believable family and the easy nature of their banter, and her attempts to teach Danny the piano, are touching. As for Li, he delivers what we expect from him, but also manages to imbue Danny with an endearing, child-like innocence that leads to several instances of subtle humor.

Unleashed isn't without problems, though. The middle section, which starts off brilliantly, does eventually begin to feel like it's running in places. There are only so many scenes of shopping for ripe melons and eating ice cream that we need to see before we get the point. The revelation of Danny's past is also too contrived, and the relationship between Danny and Victoria bears the signs of an aborted romantic thread.

As for the action, it's first rate all the way. The legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix films) puts together some seriously brutal combat sequences which showcase Li's lightning moves. The highlight is an extended fight that spans three buildings and involves some very close quarters combat in a bathroom. Overall, the fights do their job, which is to keep the energy high and the viewer riveted.

It goes without saying that Unleashed doesn't bring anything new to the table; even so, the film succeeds despite itself, owed in no small part to its ability to execute its familiar formula extremely well.

Movie Grade: 3.5 out of 5 stars

By Gopal - BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (5)

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April 11, 2006

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Awesome! Note on features... Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This has the music video by the artist RZA called Baby Boy. This is NOT to be confused with the rapper rZa, whose videos appear in the US release. They trick you on the cover, but this one is much better. More stuff in this behind the scenes as well.
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August 4, 2005

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Best movie of 2005 thus far... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
As of writing this, this is the best movie I have seen this year. I was just expecting another Luc Besson (producer and co-writer of this film along with Taxi series, Wasabi, and Kiss of the Dragon) silly action movie when going to see it, which isn't a bad expectation. But I soon realized this was more along the lines of Professional and Big Blue than the previous latter.

Would just like to correct a previous statement about this being an U.S. film. It is not. It is a French made film, even fonded by a French studio Europacorp.
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August 3, 2005

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Jet Li will not disappoint you! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Even though he is given some of the most corniest and simplified lines, his acting and martial art skills will disappoint you. In fact, he can make anything come to life. His emotions, although cannot be expressed in words, but they are however displayed through another medium - his eyes. Whether be it disappointment, joy, or sadness, they tell them all. Of course, with Jet Li, how can we forget the fight scenes? Although they were a bit harsh for my blood, but they were still very engaging. You could almost feel all the punches, the kicks and breaking of bones. The good thing about this movie is that Jet Li has actually been given substance and note-worthy actors to work with.
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July 29, 2005

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JET LI IS THE BEST Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I THINK THIS IS THE BEST JET LI U.S MOVIE EVER MADE ,THIS MOVIE GOT ALOT OF ACTION AND HE IS BETTER THEN JACKIE CHAN FOR SURE ,BUY THIS MOIVE U WILL LOVE IT
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July 28, 2005

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Great Jet Li drama. Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
This is one of Jet Li's best english language films, actually I think it's THE best, it not only showcases his martial arts skills, which many are already familiar with but it also shows that he has considerable acting ability as well. Anyone looking for pure brawling mayhem may be a little disappointed, but if you're looking for a movie with not only great action, but good acting and plot, do not pass this one up.
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