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As The Light Goes Out (2014/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

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

A band of brothers are dispatched on Christmas Eve to put out a fire in an abandoned warehouse, but little do they know it would only a small prelude to a larger disaster that will soon paralyze the entire city of Hong Kong. When each choice means life or death, they will have to decide what is more important, following rules and policies or to save lives. Their courage will be tested, the bonds will be tempered, but not all them will be coming home in Derek Kwon aka Chi-kin Kwok's firemen thriller As The Light Goes Out (2014).

After ten years, two best friends have gone down separate paths, one was promoted to a chief of a station, while the other remained in the field. When a fire is put out at a warehouse near natural gas line supplying the city's main power station, the Chief wanting things to be quiet believes everything is alright and gives the all clear sign. What the Chief really wants is to impress the big wigs and VIPs at the Firemen's Christmas Ball, but a group of grunt firefighters believes the damaged pipelines could cause an overload to the main station (and even after being reprimanded) goes against orders to inspect the lines.

This is a story about honor of all the firemen around the world, to the tireless men who risk their lives so other could live, but like the world all over, it is often those in the field who have a more true vision of reality than those in who are charge, those in charge are often blinded by their own arrogance; more worried about their own position and power. The moral was following rules and policy IS important, BUT if those in power ignore those who are in the field, then their decisions are like wisdom without experience. Jackie Chan makes a cameo appearance.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot on RED Epic and RED ONE MX, downtraded a bit in editing, but a solid presentation with demo shots throughout. The DTS-HS MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix is not bad, but this was a 7.1 theatrical film and why it is not that way here is odd, leaving this trade-down a mixed bag. Trailers are the only extra.

- Ricky Chiang


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