Infernal Affairs III (2003) - Special Collector's Edition

Genre(s): Action / Drama / Foreign / Thriller
Weinstein Company, Dragon Dynasty || NR - 118 minutes - $19.95 || February 13, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-02-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
Writer(s): Feliz Chong, Siu Fai Mak
Cast: Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of Infernal Affairs 3
  • Trailer Gallery


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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WARNING:

!!Contains spoilers about Infernal Affairs and The Departed!!

The popularity here in America after the release of Martin Scorseseís masterpiece The Departed has opened the doors for people to see the source material. In terms of plot, The Departed is almost a carbon copy of Infernal Affairs save for the very end. There are some differences like some more character development and a bit more expansion on the mobster (played by Nicholson).

2003 brought two more to the Infernal franchise with Infernal Affairs II, a prequel showing how Yan and Ming got where they did, and Infernal Affairs III that lays out more like a prologue of sorts focusing on Mingís continued efforts to conceal that he was a mole. After getting demoted and subsequently promoted back to Internal Affairs, Ming (Chen) is assigned to investigate Yan Chan Wing (Yue) whom he suspects is working for mob boss Sam Hon (Tsang). Itís about here where things get muddled for me.

Infernal Affairs III jumps from past, past of the past, pre/post Yanís death to present to back to the past and any variations of the above. Even though I had seen the original Infernal Affairs only a couple days ago yet I had trouble distinguishing one person from the next as Iím not familiar with any of these actors. Add to a confusing plot and unfamiliarity of characters is the fact youíre also reading subtitles while trying to follow the plot. Yes, I couldíve turned on an English track but I always listen to the original track with the actorís real voices, the way the director intended.

But I digress, despite the confusion that I had, once I get settled in, I enjoyed the picture very much. It doesnít have as much power as the original but it certainly answers some questions and ties in neatly with the original. The returning performers from Infernal come back at various points (depending on the time frame) and they seem to ease back in well. Chen as Ming in particular gets more fat to his character and adds another interesting dimension that isnít immediately noticeable until you untangle the plot and realize what really happened.

Although not as great as the original, Infernal Affairs III works on certain levels and for the fans of the franchise (including The Departed), it is definitely worth checking out.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Unfortunately, this entry in the Dragon Dynasty series doesnít offer much supplemental material.

The Making of Infernal Affairs III (11:47) - Most of this behind-the-scenes featurette have comments from the cast and crew talking about their characters and why you should see the movie.

A trailer gallery is also available containing a trailer and two teasers.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Infernal Affairs III is presented in anamorphic widescreen and, from shots in the trailers and oneís Iíve seen around the Net, the picture looks like itís been approved some. The texture and atmosphere is dark with colors being softer, except toward the end where the color red has prominence.

You have the choice of the original Cantonese Dolby 5.1 mix or English dubbed Dolby 5.1. If you are any kind of fan of film, you do not use the dubbed version. Thatís just me, but I want to see it as originally intended even if that means having to read subtitles.



.::OVERALL::.

As a single DVD, having only one featurette was disappointing. Surely other featurettes couldíve been included focusing on the puzzle-like storyline or a commentary from someone like Christopher Nolan who has a similar, though by comparison less complex, style.

If you liked the original and donít own any of these, go for the box set. On itís own, itís a good movie worthy buying cheap - probably be able to get for under $10 new at some point.