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Sometimes it’s fun to have some good old fashioned martial arts action where ninjas flip out and kill each other. Jet Li might not be the world’s greatest actor but he is certainly one of, if not the best martial arts expert in Western cinema today and so with his high flying antics in mind, The One takes centre stage.

The Film
This is not a complicated film, however the premise might be a little hard to explain. Imagine. There are 124 parallel universes which means that certain choices in our lives, could go 124 different ways. I am not sure how the number 124 was decided upon but it is a fact that will not be explained. These universes together are now called the multi-verse and Yu Law played by Jet Li was a multi-verse cop, policing the multi-verse and helping to keep order however he has now gone rogue. There were 124 different versions of Jet Li’s character (and indeed everyone) and these are all joined together through the multi-verse by the same energy. When one dies, the energy occupied by that body is spread equally between each of the remaining bodies. Yu Law has started killing “himself” in each of the other universes and each time he does, he becomes stronger. It would appear that only one universe (the one he comes from) has the technology to travel between universes and so while the remaining Laws get stronger they do not know why.

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As you have undoubtedly guessed, now there are only two Laws left – Yu Law (bad) and Gabe Law (good). Gabe is a cop in our universe and whilst he has been getting stronger and faster, cleverer and more dextrous neither himself nor his wife know why. As Yu Law tries to kill Gabe, he is captured by two multi-verse agents - Roedecker (Delroy Lindo) and Funsch (Jason Statham) and sentenced to prison. Escaping he embarks yet again on his quest to become The One - that it, the only body containing his energy with consqeuences unknown. That essentially is the plot and story of the film. It is followed by a lot of fighting, gun battles and explosions. Do not forget the monster amount of computer effects here which feature through out most if not all action sequences.

The concept for this film is intriguing but it somehow misses the mark and replaces it with a lot of fighting. Not necessarily a bad thing but too much of a good thing, makes it less desirable. It is very flashy and slickly presented but the story seems to take a back seat to the effects and kicking. The kicking then is something that should be unbelievable – after all the star of the film is amazing and the budget is large enough to produce some riveting action sequences, but no. The fights are good but the energy is missing. Perhaps the excessive computer graphically enhanced scenes detract from the true skill he displays? Possibly. It just feels like a wasted opportunity all the way through. Understandably character development is not that common in a film such as this but it really could have done with more especially for the agents chasing Yu Law (Stratham and Lindo) who didn’t have much screen time however at certain times it makes me wonder if they did have more, and it was chopped out? Jet Li himself is not a great actor when speaking English, with little to no emotion shown in most scenes. However some of his Eastern titles put him in a much better light so it is unfair to call him bad here- just not great with a forgien language and speaking of language, don't even get me started on Mr. Stratham's totally ridiculous pseudo American accent! Plot holes and slickly presented but reasonably bland action sequences do not make this a film to remember.

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Presented in 2.35:1 and anamorphically enhanced the visual production is of a high quality. Neither dirt nor damage to the print is visible making it a pleasing watch. The very minor edge enhancement reported back on the original release does not appear to have returned and it is ever so slightly sharper than its predecessor. Black levels appear solid and there is no MPEG artifacting and colours are vibrant and intense. The original release was already a great transfer and this one is essentially the same, but slightly better. You’d be lucky to notice it however.

The One is coupled with both a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and a DTS 5.1 soundtrack (as with most/all Superbit DVDs) compared to the originals singular Dolby Digital 5.1. The DTS presentation here is better than the Dolby Digital one and therefore better than the previous release. The DTS is certainly more up front and engaging than the Dolby Digital which in itself was not a bad track. There is little dialogue in this film and most of the time the speakers are being used wither for loud pumping music or for explosions and that “ucsh” noise that occurs when a person in a film, hits another person in a film. The DTS does upgrade the experience and constant use of the surround speakers make it a very involving one at that.

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Superbit discs do not contain extra features.

An average film, with fairly bland action sequences and too much CGI presented on DVD very well, just about sums up this disc. The extra features on the standard release were quite good and some of the features explaining how Li’s face was placed onto the actor fighting him (to make it look like he was fighting himself) was great and so people after this film might prefer to get that edition, and if it was not for the thumping DTS soundtrack there would probably be no reason to get this release at all. Perhaps a tough choice for someone out there but for the rest of us, probably just a rental or one to miss.