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White Haired Witch (2014 aka White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

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

In a corrupt and crumbling empire, the country is at war and the government better at robbing and killing it's own citizens then defending them. Only the Raksha clan fights for the people, but they are framed by the government for a murder they didn't commit. Jade, the White Haired Witch is the female leader of the Raksha, but dare she risk it all in the name of love or will she be betrayed by men again?

In Zhang Zhiliang's White Haired Witch, Yihang is of the Wudang clan, their clan is to seek and bring fairness to all, until he meets Jade and he falls head over heels for her. Unfortunately, he knows that the Raksha clan is being framed for the death of his grandfather and he himself is being blackmail to help destroy them. Jade's own master was betrayed by the man she loved and taught her she must not depend on any man, but even in the midst of war, betrayal of love is the greatest sin a man can do. Jade in order to attain the highest level of martial arts to protect her people sacrifices her memories to defeat the corrupt soldiers and government.

This was a beautiful martial arts movie and Fan Bingbing plays a beautiful tragic heroine. I have to say modern martial arts movies are using a lot more CGI and while there is no shortage of Asian martial artist, I feel like they could use a bit more on story and plot development, but this worked.

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital high Definition image is among the best I have seen lately by Well Go USA, who usually deliver great transfers (this was also a 3D film theatrically, but not in this edition) and the lossless Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is a mixdown of the Dolby Atmos 11.1 theatrical mix that is good, but seems to be missing some elements without us even knowing it is originally an 11.1 mix despite its consistency. Extras include making of the film and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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