GALLANTS dvd review

Hong Kong Region-free NTSC dvd

Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1

Cantonese DTS-ES 6.1

Subtitles: English

IMDB

MOVIE: 9

VIDEO QUALITY: 9

AUDIO QUALITY: 10

ENGLISH SUBTITLES: 8

EXTRAS: 7

 

Crouching Tiger, Shaolin Soccer, Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Kung Fu Hustle, Ip Man, and now…Gallants. That’s how it’s going to be – the best Chinese martial arts films of this decade.

This review is going to be short and sweet. It’s probably best not to read too many reviews of this film since Gallants is the most creatively-made, contemporary martial arts movie that has a great story from beginning to end, has awesome music and soundtrack, has amazing acting, is funny and touching, and has some of the best filmed old school Shaw Bros-style fight choreography with no CGI or wirework.

There’s good news and bad news concerning this movie for home theater viewing. The bad news is that there is no Hong Kong Blu-ray release of this film. The good news is that it doesn’t matter because the KAM & RONSON DVD is excellent quality. Even if this company did release a blu-ray, it probably wouldn’t be such a huge upgrade since they are a company that is known to release their blu-rays with video quality that has been comparable to an upscaled dvd.

The KAM & RONSON Hong Kong NTSC All-region DVD is excellent. The anamorphic video is great and not problematic at all. And the Cantonese DTS-ES 6.1 just rocks and is mixed perfectly. The English subtitles are pretty good with some mistakes here and there. The extras are very nice too – an anamorphic, DD 5.1 trailer, a very good letterboxed DD 2.0 music video, and a really good letterboxed 50-minute in-depth making of the film subtitled in English.

I’m sure this will get an eventual Blu-ray release, but this DVD will be good enough until it’s time to upgrade.

If you are a true martial arts movie fan, you will love this film!

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2 Comments

  1. Good article. Its realy good. Many info help me.


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