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The Legend Of The Shadowless Sword (2006/New Line DVD)

 

Picture: B-†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C†††† Film: C+

 

 

In yet another excuse for massive martial arts set in a previous century with elaborate sets, colorful clothes and a war long ago, Kim Young Junís The Legend Of The Shadowless Sword (2006) is yet another feature film with all the trappings of this cycle of the genre that never exceeds that genre, but has the money and some good action on screen in parts.It may be the same old story, but at least the makers are ambitious enough to try and make it fresh.

 

This one is set in 927 A.D. (!) in Ancient Korea (before it was split) and a royal dynasty and power struggle is involved.The female lead (Yoon Soy) may be a fighter and warrior, but she is still propping up the male lead (Lee Soo Jin) as a Prince who needs to find his greater destiny.I wish the Kim Tae Gwan/Shin Jun Lee script found more to do with this, but fans will not be too disappointed.Others may feel they have seen most of this before.At least the disc performs well.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is sharp, clear and has the color, depth and detail for the DVD format to make this look good.The DTS 5.1 is not perfect, but a little better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and the soundfield in both cases is nice and lively.I wonder why this was not out on Blu-ray at the same time?Extras include stills, character introductions, free digital copy for PCs and portable PC devices, a Music Video (?) and behind-the-scenes featurette that is interesting enough.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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