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Let The Bullets Fly (2010/Well Go USA Blu-ray/DVD Set)
Picture: B/B-     Sound: B/B-     Extras: C     Film: B+



Legendary mountain bandit Pocky Zhang (Jiang Wen, who also directs this film) and con man Tang (Ge You) has just decided to con the town of Goose Town (circa the 1920s) by pretending to be the new magistrate of Goosetown.  Their goal is to steal the of its wealth, but when they get to Goose town they discover it is already under the control of the evil business man Huang (Chow Yun-fat), and they have some serious competition of who is the chief dog of Goose Town in Let The Bullets Fly.
A comical tale of a bunch of bad guys trying to run the town, as the town bandit 'mayor' steals from the rich 'evil' business man, both are men of influence, power and lies.  On the surface they act as polished gentlemen, but behind their backs they have their guns and knives ready.  As each one tries to get the upper hand on each other to trick each other into make a fatal mistake revealing their true identities, their lies get more outrageous and ingenious.  It is a game of mind games of wits and cunning between two old wily weasels.
A comical film featuring a tale of a comedy of lies, where everyone is lying, but whoever is the one to get caught lying first will end up (most likely) dead, the characters can lie with a smile, things get even more hilarious violent behind the scene with all their lackeys fighting, framing and dying with each of their bosses moves to try and gain the advantage.  Soon, it becomes more than a struggle to see who can steal more money, but who is the alpha and omega thief in town.  This is as we post this the biggest moneymaking film in the history of the Chinese box office.  We bet it will stay that way for sometime.


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image (shot very well with Kodak film in the Super 35mm format) and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix make for a great combination showing off this film to fine effect in the superior format, while the anamorphically enhanced DVD with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is as good as it can be in that older format and no match for the Blu-ray.  It is good they include both.  Note that a Limited Edition of this set has also been issued.



-   Ricky Chiang


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