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1911 (aka 1911 Revolution Fall Of The Last Empire/2011/Well Go USA Blu-ray)
Picture: A- Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: A-



Barely into the 20th century, China is on the verge of a great change with not only westernization and modernization, but the dynastic rule of Emperors is coming to end. The government is not only weak and corrupt, but the people are starving, and revolution is heard throughout the land. The Qing Dynasty rulers desperate to remain in power, create the modern "New Army" to 'subjugate' the rebel force, spending more money for foreign weapons than on it's people. General Huang Xin (co-director and star Jackie Chan) returns home from Japan only to be asked by 'rebel' leader Sun Yat-sen to lead a generation of young revolutionaries to fight against his own country. Is the price of revolution worth the lives of his country's youths?


1911 is a great historical film drama that is complex and showed many different sides of the revolution. How the rich only cared about their wealth, how the foreign countries maneuvered around aid and loans but were really buying up China and it's people's future. The idealistic youth and the revolutionaries, how in the end it is their sacrifices, their blood, that paves the way for a new country. It shows the reasons how governments can rise and fall. The character Sun Yat-sen goes from foreign country to country asking them not to support a corrupt country and how he formulate a new government to create a republic for the people.
Jackie Chan plays a reluctant field general, who sees and experiences first hand what happens to people died and sacrifice for their country, but in the end he is able to see the grander picture to help, aid and remind Sun Yat-sen the reasons why they started the revolution. No expense was spared for this movie; it had both excellent costuming and settings. It shows how new ideas can create new countries but there are still those who would exploit them (guess corruption within any government is inevitable) and that if governments don't forget that it serves it's citizens and it's citizens are reminded of how the generations before them gave their lives so they may have a free one, then perhaps that is the only reasons any government really needs to exist.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is a top rate combination that looks and sounds fine, making for one of the best-looking imports in the format of late. Extras include deleted scenes, behind the scenes, Hong Kong press conference and trailers.



= Ricky Chiang


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