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Rise Of The Legend (2014/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

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

After the lost of his father, Wong Fei-hung (Eddie Peng) vows to save the people of China from the oppression of the Black Tiger Gang. He infiltrates the gang, posing as a fighter for hire to destroy the gang from within and the helping the resistance in Roy Hin Yeung Chow's
Rise Of The Legend (2014).

Before Wong Fei-hung became a legend, he was a martial arts master. With his skills, he quickly rose to become one of the 4 captains within the Black Tiger Gang, but his true intention is to help the resistance, the Orphan gang, to destroy the Black Tiger Gang from within by destroying their resources and causing infighting between the members. When foreigners request 300 Chinese slaves, Wong Fei-hung and his companions will have to stop the sale before they are shipped overseas.

Based of Jet Li's "
Once Upon a Time in China" series, Rise of the Legend is an origins story for the fictional character Wong Fei-hong, a martial arts master in the time of China foreign occupation and imperialism. The government is corrupt and weak and the power lies control of criminals who would profit off the misery of the Chinese people. The character of Wong Fei-hong embodies the spirit and traditions of China, through their own power will they be free from the rule of others. The martial arts legend Sammo Hung leads a solid cast.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was shot with a combination of Arri Alexa, RED and Go Pro cameras ranging from 5K to 2.5K, then was finished in 2K and looks really, really impressive throughout here, making it one of Well Go's best Blu-ray presentations visually to date. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is actually a mixdown from the original Dolby Atmos 11.1 theatrical sound soundmaster and still sounds good, but you can tell some sound is being held back and one wishes a DTS: X 11.1 or Dolby Atmos 11.1 was here. However, it is fine for what it is, but no match for the picture. Maybe we'll get 11.1 for a 4K Blu-ray? Extras include making of the film, special effects, injuries, and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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