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The Taking Of Tiger Mountain (2014/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

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

It is 1946, WWII has just ended, the Japanese has just surrendered, but all throughout China it is civil unrest and bandits plague the land. Captain Shan Jianbo (aka 203) and his 30 men are sent to clear Tiger Mountain of it's bandits, but the bandits of Tiger Mountain are controlled by vicious Lord Hawk and his 1,000 men. How will 30 men defeat 1,000? Low on ammo, men, and food, 203 is given an impossible mission of protecting the villages living in the shadow of Tiger Mountain.

In Tsui Hark's The Taking Of Tiger Mountain (2014), we get this struggle on an epic scale and the result was a huge hit. Out numbered and out gunned, Lord Hawk (Tony Leung) is holed up in a mountain fortress filled with post war guns, cannons, tanks and ammo. The only way to win is to use spies, to destroy the bandits from within, infiltrating them and using phantom tactics to cause the bandits to destroy each other through their own greed, paranoia and distrust in each other.

Based on a once popular old Chinese opera story about soldiers overcoming odds and using their knowledge to trick their opponents. It shows the greatest weapon a soldier can have isn't any weapon or number of troops you have, but the mind. Symbolically you could see, national loyalty can over come any odds. This continues a cycle of such Chinese epics and was also issued in 3D, but it is only 2D in this release.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot on a RED EPIC 5K camera and has fine color, detail and definition reproduction throughout, making it the highlight of an impressive Blu-ray release. Issued in Dolby Atmos 11.1 sound in its best aural theatrical screenings, this lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix has bombastic moments, but also more quiet, subtle moments than you might expect, but is just fine in this solid mixdown. Extras include interviews with cast and director and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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