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Snow Girl and The Dark Crystal (2015 aka Zhongkui: Snow Girl and The Dark Crystal/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

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

Long ago when Gods and Demons walked the Earth, every 1,000 years they would clash in titanic epic battle for the Dark Crystal, who ever holds the stone will control Earth for the next 1,000 years. Zhongkui, a human turned Champion Avatar for the gods vows to get the stone, but finds himself to face Little Snow, a Snow Fairy Demon he fell in love with long ago. As Heaven and Hell wages war against each other, can these two star crossed lovers find a way to co-exist or must they kill each other?

In Peter Pau & Tianyu Zhao's Snow Girl and The Dark Crystal (2015), Zhongkui is a warrior exorcist for the Gods, trained all his life to get rid of demons who come in the form of beautiful women, but what if all of it had been a lie? Instead of protecting the people and peace the Gods intended to create chaos so that the people would rely on the powers of the Gods? After Zhong Kui discovers the truth between the Gods and Demons, he realizes he by killing innocent demons, he has been only fueling the hate which cause the war, serving a God only pretending to be benevolent.

First of all, this was an incredibly beautiful movie with huge amounts of CGI where the characters, costumes would turn into fantastic demons and warriors (I would say 90% of the movie was CGI). It was like a Chinese version cross-between of Marvel Comics' Thor and Lord of the Rings, an epic battle between good and evil, Heaven and Hell, with Earth as the battle ground. Highly recommended!

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is pretty strong, impressive and consistent throughout, no matter the minor issues with digital video, while the film was issued in theaters (possibly at the last minute) in a Dolby Atmos 11.1 mix. Either way, the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix is warm and soundfield-consistent throughout, if not always equal to the picture, though it can be when it needs to be. Extras include a Making Of the movie piece and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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