The One, Special Edition, DVD
Jet Li is his own worst enemy in this nifty sci-fi/martial arts action
It's a quantum theory-inspired parallel universe tale in which numerous
universes co-exist, with different versions of each of us populating them.
Earth may be in the dark about such a fact, but other universes are aware
of the multiverse and can travel between them. Such travel is strictly
controlled, however, and unauthorized use is a criminal offence.
Then along comes Yulaw (Li), a renegade cop from the Multiverse Bureau
of Investigation. He has decided to become "the One," the only copy of
himself in any universe, and he's zapping himself from space to space,
brutally gunning down his other selves. Since there's an energy balance
in the multiverse, with each killing Yulaw and the other surviving versions
of Jet Li's character get stronger and more powerful. Yulaw believes that
if he can eliminate all his other selves his power will be Godlike.
Yulaw has killed more than 120 of his doppelgangers, and there's only
one left: Gabe Law in the universe we all know and love so well. So he
pops into Los Angeles to do the deed, followed closely by a pair of MBI
agents charged with bringing him back to face justice in another universe.
What ensues is a series of stylized and choreographed fights between
Li and his opponents and, thanks to Hollywood magic, Li and himself.
It's a neat story and an interesting concept and the writers/director
have pulled it off quite well. Li is likable and believable in his dual
role and he's backed up by a journeyman cast that includes Carla Gugino
as his wife(s), with Delroy Lindo and Jason Statham as the agents sent
to track down and bring back Yulaw.
The production values and special effects are first rate and what could
otherwise have been a mindless martial arts romp or "Matrix" clone turns
out to be a pretty nifty and imaginative story with characters you can
believe and root for.
The Special Edition DVD is also first rate. Columbia Tristar Home Video
has included anamorphic widescreen and Pan&Scan versions on the same
disc, accessed by a menu when you first get past the opening logo screen.
Video quality is excellent, with vivid colors and razor sharp images,
and the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio is also easily up to snuff, with
great dynamics and good use of surround.
Extras abound, including a running commentary by director James Wong
and some crew members. There's also a set of quite interesting featurettes
on Jet Li and various aspects of the production, and a section of anamatic
comparisons. You also get a pretty good liner essay, trailers, and limited
The One, Special Edition DVD from Columbia Tristar Home Video
87 min. anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 TV compatible/Pan&Scan
(4x3 TV compatible), Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Starring Jet Li, Delroy Lindo, Carla Gugino, Jason Statham
Produced by Glen Morgan, Steven Chasman
Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong, Directed by James Wong
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