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Reign Of Assassins (2010/Anchor Bay DVD)

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

Long ago, a Buddhist monk discovered the ultimate technique to martial arts, after his death, it was said whomever possessed his body would inherit the secret. Zeng Jing (Michelle Yeoh), a female assassin, stole the body and disappeared, after searching for years the Dark Stone guild of assassins have finally hunted her down and now prepare to attack. Zeng Jing has left the assassin's guild and now lives a normal life, but now has to rely on her old skills to save her and her husband in Chao-Bin Su's Reign Of Assassins (2010).

Zeng Jing was an assassin who left the assassin's guild. After changing her face, she decided to live a normal life and even got married, but her past soon begins to catch up to her and even her husband has kept a secret from her, that he is the son of a man that she once killed and he has known who she really is for some time. As assassins appear in the capital, Zeng Jing will have to decide which life she wants to live, a life in the assassin's guild or the life she has now.

This is another martial arts-filled movie; the story was like a Romeo and Juliet story mixed with an assassin seeking redemption story, of an assassin who wanted to leave the life of darkness and the guild, but like all assassin's guilds there is no leaving it until you kill the entire guild. This particular movie looked like it was took out cold storage, but then that seems typical of modern American companies, companies now prefer to buy the rights to the movies instead of them making them.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 was shot in the Super 35mm film format on Kodak Vision 3 negative film stocks and issued on Fuji 35mm prints. This looks as good as it can in the format, though a Blu-ray is definite;y bound to reveal more. The same for the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix which is as good as it can be, but we bet a lossless presentation would be finer and more soundfield-consistent. There are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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