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Call Of Heroes (2016/Well Go USA Blu-ray)

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

When a spoiled son of a corrupt warlord murders 3 villagers and is arrested and sentenced to death, he threatens to destroy the town and kill everyone unless he is released with all charges dropped. While the sheriff wants to keep the law and justice, the townsfolk wants to release him than face the wrath of the warlord's army in Benny Chan's Call Of Heroes (2016).

Set in ancient China and in a time when warlords ruled over the peasants, the warlords do and take whatever they want by force. A small village is threaten with complete destruction unless they do as the warlord says, as the warlords are always above the law and beyond reproach. However, between the sheriff, his deputies/town guards, and a wandering vagabond, they must prove to the frightened villagers that somethings are worth fighting for.

This is a martial arts-filled movie while it has a few comical moments, the story/plot remind me of the story of Kurosawa'a The Seven Samurai in a good way, warriors protecting a small innocent village from a group of evil bandits. Sammo Hung and Eddie Peng lead the cast.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image is a remarkable HD shoot, looking fine with nice depth and detail not spoiled by any bad editing, while the Cantonese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless sound is excellent if not as spectacular, but has a fine, consistent soundfield. This is a good mixdown from the 11.1 Dolby Atmos theatrical soundmaster, but one wishes we had that soundtrack here too. Trailers and a Behind The Scenes featurette are the only extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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