Wednesday, January 6, 2010

IRON MONKEY (Blu-Ray)

Miramax brings another of their fan-favorite martial arts epic to high definition Blu with this reissue of director Yuen Wo Ping’s exhilarating IRON MONKEY.

In a small medieval Chinese village, corrupt officials are plagued by a masked, Robin Hood-like bandit known only as the Iron Monkey, who steals from their coffers to aid the poor. When they are unable to apprehend the seemingly unstoppable bandit, the Governor forces a traveling physician (Donnie Yen) to find and capture the living legend. However, when an evil Shaolin monk arrives on the scene, the doctor and the Iron Monkey must throw in together to defeat this new threat.

Energetically directed by the man who choreographed the action scenes for CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and THE MATRIX – among many, many others – Iron Monkey never fails to entertain. The story, based on Chinese legends, is universal, echoing not only the Robin Hood tales, but the adventures of Zorro, as well. The film is fast paced, never lags and is charged with electricity. It is, simply, one of the best films of its kind.

Miramax’s new Blu-ray reissue, "presented by Quentin Tarantino," sports a new 1080p High Definition widescreen transfer with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English dub is remastered in 5.1 DTS-HD, while the original Chinese (and Spanish) audio tracks are 5.1 Dolby Digital. As usual with these titles, supplemental material is slim; this disc includes only a video interview with Quentin Tarantino and another with star Donnie Yen.

Highly recommended.

BUY: Iron Monkey [Blu-ray]