Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HERO (Blu-Ray)

Yimou Zhang’s 2002 martial arts epic, HERO (YING XIONG), is a simple story told with stunningly beautiful imagery, superb action sequences and solid performances from a top-flight cast.

The story is told through a series of flashbacks as a nameless warrior (Jet Li) recounts how he defeated three legendary assassins (Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen) who sought to kill the most powerful warlord in ancient China.

Gorgeously shot with considerable style, HERO is a marvelous martial arts fable brought to life through some brilliantly executed CGI, graceful fight scenes, and a painter’s eye for composition and color. The movie is a visual triumph that looks even more amazing in high def.

Miramax’s Blu-Ray reissue features a flawless, 1080p HD 2.35:1 widescreen transfer and 5.1 DTS-HD audio as well as a Dolby 2.0 option. The bonus features are ported over directly from the DVD and include a "Close-up of A Fight Scene" featurette, a "Conversation with Quentin Tarantino and Jet Li" featurette, a "Making Of" documentary and storyboards.

Just in case I didn’t use enough superlatives above, let me be clear: HERO is a beautiful, exiting movie, and if you’re a fan of kung fu films, it’s definitely worth seeing, if you haven’t already. If you have the DVD and are wondering whether to upgrade to Blu-Ray, I would highly recommend doing so. This is a movie just made for high-def.

Recommended.

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