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Ultimate Fights

"A compilation of all the best fights and fighters in the history of action cinema."

Second release of the FlixMix collection, Ultimate Fights now aims an audience seeking violence, shootings, choreography, fighting and action. Scenes taken from the movies Rumble in the Bronx, Blade, Fist of Legend, Snatch, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Scarface, Legend of Drunken Master, Crossing the Line, The Player's Club, Gladiator, TimeCop, Dragon: The Bruce Lee story, They Live, Black Mask, First Blood and The Killer follow each other in this very visually pleasing encyclopaedia.

A soundtrack, sound effects, audio commentary, subtitles, information on stunts, technical sheets, Internet links and many other extras make this edition even more complete than its predecessor: Boogeymen.





The commentary by Tsui Hark can be activated on the DVD version. This is not a superficial feature because there are so many different styles to martial arts and weapon handling which can quickly confuse the viewer. For each ultimate fight, a technical sheet can be viewed. It resumes the fight and describes the opponents. We are also presented with a cumulative total of the blows thrown (both successes and failures). As eccentric as this addition may seem, it offers an interesting perspective to what passes before our eyes.

Previews for Scarface, Legend of Drunken Master, Crossing the Line, Gladiator, TimeCop, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, They Live, Black Mask, First Blood and The Killer form a portion of the special presentations.

As always, Jackie Chan delivers a noticeable performance. This 5’8” man is now a master in the art of impressing the viewer. His dashes and coordination are remarkable. Along with Jet Li, he marvellously represents the best in terms of extreme martial arts. To enhance this repertory with a more American flavour, scenes from Gladiator, Blade and Snatch are added. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will persuade fans of mysticism. Furthermore, there are gun related scenes that diverge from the general theme but that, truthfully, do not contradict the definition of an “ultimate combat”.

The interface and general presentation keep you hooked. The FlixMix collection tries to standardize its releases throughout the collection. Therefore, the same key elements can be found in both of their first two releases. The quick course on fighting stunts was more than amusing. It is exactly the type of thing the collection should try to amass in its future releases.

In all, sixteen sequences extracted mostly from classics in term of action movies are thoroughly explained. Once viewed, you might enjoy re-watching it with Tsui Hark’s commentary or with a techno soundtrack. Finally, the “FlixFacts” can be activated. They are informative capsules on each of the films. The “Name That Frame” game was conceived for the hardcore fans: the player must guess from which movie was extracted a specific random picture. It is simple and effective.

The main difference between Ultimate Fights and Boogeymen is that the previous should please horror fans while Ultimate Fights is aimed at fans of action and we might say just general violence. The different scenes are taken from comedies, fantasy movies, gangster movies and from foreign films. Because of the omnipresence of violence, I assume that this movie will not be as well received as Boogeymen. Still, I enjoyed this movie, to the point of watching it twice, but it remains that violence is sometimes overwhelming in our society and it is more than abundant in this film. In conclusion, I cannot wait from FlixMix’s next creation.

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Memorables aspects
- Scene of the ultimate duel between Blade and Frost where both wield a katana.
- Scene from Gladiator where Maximus administers a violent jab into his opponent’s foot.
- Scene from Rumble in the Bronx where Ah Kung K.O.’s three men using a refrigerator.
- Scene from Legend of Drunken Master where Wong Fei-hung falls into burning firebrands.

Memorables characters
- Ah Keung (Rumble in the Bronx)
- Blade (Blade)
- Chen Zhen (Fist of Legend)
- Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
- Xiou Long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
- Tony Montana (Scarface)
- Wong Fei-hung (Legend of Drunken Master)
- Maximus Decimus Meridus (Gladiator)
- Bruce Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee story)
- Tsui (Black Mask)

Released in: 2002

Movie type: Action - Martial Arts

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( 2002-04-17 )  

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