By Marc Bernardin
Updated October 13, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

The John Woo Collection

Hong Kong director John Woo has had the same kind of influence on action films of the ’90s that the German expressionist directors had on film noir of the ’40s. Anytime you see a gunman leaping through the air, a pistol blazing in each hand — as in his own Mission: Impossible 2 — you can thank Mr. Woo. The John Woo Collection offers his two biggest foreign-language smashes, The Killer and Hard Boiled, both starring the incomparable Chow Yun-Fat. That both films are cop fantasies with plots that would’ve been rejected from Miami Vice and both feature a whole lot of ham-fisted macho male bonding does nothing to dilute the impact of the virile, bullets-a-poppin’ action sequences. The wide-screen DVDs don’t offer much in the way of extras — the big bonuses are a pair of Woo commentaries — and the sound mix on both films is a rather disappointing mono, but just to own these movies, I’ll take the good with the bad. B

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The John Woo Collection

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