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Dragon Blade (2015/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

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

Huo An (Jackie Chan) is the protector and warrior of the Silk Road, a rich trade route coveted by many races and tribes, where his job is to keep the peace between all the tribes, traders, and nations who are on the road. But a when a corrupt Roman General Tiberius (Adrien Brody) and his massive army arrives he demands that all must summit to his rule ...or die. Along with Lucius (John Cusack), a Roman defector and they must somehow unite the remaining tribes against a foe whom none of them could never defeat alone.

In Daniel Lee's Dragon Blade (2015), Huo An meets the Roman general Lucius with his legion and helps create a city in which all are welcomed, then suddenly, the corrupt general Tiberius arrives and forces Roman rule at a point of a sword and slaughters thousands to secure his rule. The once-delicate peace of Silk Road becomes shattered, but Huo An unites all the tribes he has befriended to protect the city they had built together.

This was like watching the Lord of the Rings/Hobbit - the Battle of Five Armies, except in ancient China with Roman, Chinese, and Middle Eastern Armies. While this was an historical fiction action movie, it has the usual Jackie Chan trademark with his over the top martial arts and humor; his best film in a good while.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is from a really good Red Epic HD camera shoot, but some visual effects are way too obvious, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix may not be as impressive, but kicks in when it needs to. Extras include a behind the scenes look at Dragon Blade, 2 music videos with Jackie Chan, interviews with cast and crew, and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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