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Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012/Well Go USA Blu-ray)


Picture: A     Sound: B     Extras: C     Film: B+



A millennium old fox spirit and a scarred princess fates becomes intertwined when the ice spirit breaks free and princess saves her from a roving band of bandits in Wuershan’s Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012).  The fox spirit searches for a heart which is freely given to her in order to become human, while the princess searches a way to restore her lost beauty to win the heart of the only man she ever loved, her body guard.  The result is a story of lost hearts also made in 3D, but not in this edition. 


That demon fox spirit seductress wishes for a way to become human, to understand what it means to feel and love requires a human willing to give up their heart.  While a scarred princess wishes to win the heart of the man who has always protected her, it is a love that could never happen between a princess and her bodyguard, but if the demon fox and the princess exchange souls/bodies both their wishes might be able to come true, but is it worth losing their hearts?


This played like a fine mix of martial arts, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings; a martial arts story set in ancient China with mystical creatures/magic and an evil army invading the kingdom.  I was very impressed with the integration of love story, tragedy and sacrifice involving a demon who wishes to become human, and a human who is willing to give up their heart to find love.  While the story was a little thin, but it more than made up for it in beautiful CGI and visual eye candy, again also shot in 3D and using a 4.5K Red Epic camera with a 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image that is stunning.  The DTS-MA (Master Audio) lossless Mandarin 5.1 mix is impressive enough to support it, though I was not as impressive as the image, it is still really good.  Extras include making of the film and trailers, but I wish there had been more.



-   Ricky Chiang


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