The third outing for our heroes is a larger budgeted James Bond spoof, with director Tsui Hark coordinating the film's lengthy and outrageous stunts; some extra cash money was clearly spent on some really nice production designs and laser effects. "Mad Mission Part 3" is also a terrifying museum of bad eighties fashion, with an abundance of electrified hair and loud wardrobe colours cut from too many triangular swathes; clothes are held together with buttoned flaps, and pants contain a minimum of 25 pockets (likely to due a huge global pocket stockpile from the seventies, or a trendy and elaborate game of 'Now You See It, Now You Don't' that was big in '84).
Anchor Bay 's crisp transfer is from an excellent print, with vivid colours and no visible artifacting. The English-dub track is pretty raw, though, and the mono mix has some glaring flaws: Peter Graves' scenes were shot in English, and the sound quality of his original sound is rather poor; and there's also a few odd moments during the opening Eiffel Tower chase where the audio wavers in quality.
Like the movie, the included trailer is also in excellent shape, though it's really a mini-capsule of the film's stunts.
This film is available individually, or in a boxed set, which includes "Mad Mission 1," "Mad Mission 2," "Mad Mission 3," and "Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice," as a bonus.
© 2002 Mark R. Hasan
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