Really, the only reason to watch ONG BAK is for the fights, and there are lots of those, so this definitely will not disappoint hard core action fans. Jaa doesnít use wires, stunt doubles, or CGI, so what you get here is the real deal. Some of the fights are so bug nuts insane that your jaw will literally hit the floor at times. I particularly enjoyed the series of fights that begins in an underground arena, with Jaa being lured into action by a burli Australian psychopath. The build-up in this scene is hilarious, as it goes on for a ridiculously long time, but once Jaa gets started- bones snap, and lives are ended.
In terms of Jaaís films, Iíd say ONG BAK is a notch below THE PROTECTOR/ TOM YUM GOONG, as itís not as polished or envelope pushing as that film (the steadicam fight scene is incredible), but itís better than the recent ONG BAK 2- although that has better production values.
The extras are pretty disposable. The Movements of Muay Thai is a ninety second demo piece, and A Live Performance by Tony Jaa and his stuntmen at two minutes isnít much better. Next up is a French rap video featuring Jaa, and a seven minute Making of for the music vid, which is oddly more comprehensive than any of the bonus material actually relating to the film. Finally, we get some fight B-Roll , and a Promo by The Rza , which is unintentionally hilarious.