B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film:
Dororo is yet another genre-crossing
martial arts/fantasy film that blends in amongst the rest. Although the
choreography (the same man who directed the fight sequences in Hero and House of Flying Daggers) does help to make this stand out a bit,
but inevitably comes across as just another average flick.
epic hero must fight demonic forces in order to destroy the powers that will
help him unlock the secret behind his father’s betrayal. The film never
fully realizes what it wants to be and suffers from the fact that it can’t
determine if it wants to be a realistic samurai epic or a fantasy-filled
martial arts ballet.
in a 1.85 X 1 anamorphic transfer the film looks fairly average with a picture
that never really impresses. Especially when we are now getting some
stunning Blu-ray titles from the genre, like the fantastic The Forbidden Kingdom reviewed here:
Digital 5.1 mix is also on par with the picture in that it never truly
impresses and is fairly lackluster. A DTS mix would have greatly improved
this, but again with comparing to the lossless audio tracks that Blu-ray can
deliver, it just pales in comparison.
- Nate Goss