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Legend Of The Tsunami Warrior (2008/MagNet/Magnolia Blu-ray)

 

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

 

 

After endless costumed Asian epics with some action and martial arts, the big surprise of Nonzee Mimibutr’s Legend Of The Tsunami Warrior (2008) is that it is a throwback to the older fantasy films whose fantasy was an aside to a solid, energetic action/quest plot like the older Sinbad films and not the lightweight fantasy of recent decades where we are supposed to sit in our seats and act like airheads supposedly feeling good and warm in our hearts because some magic is going to save us and in a shallow way at that.

 

Pirates intend to invade three lands run by three queens, but they band together to battle the invaders and the only think missing are stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.  Minus the pretension of the Spielberg/Lucas era by way of Disney and Lords Of The Rings, the storyline can stick to the characters and that is where the energy goes.  That does not make this groundbreaking, but everyone seems to be having fun making this and there are the kinds of ins and outs we used to get in this genre all the time down to the trusty black magic magician, strange ancient gadgets and other devices.

 

The Fantasy genre is the most played out of any in recent decades, but Legend Of The Tsunami Warrior proves it still has some life left in it when treated with intelligence instead of sappiness and the audience is treated like they can handle darker material.

 

 

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is not bad, but is also softer than it should be throughout and may be at least in part an HD shoot.  Still, it has a consistent look to it and the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) Thai 5.1 lossless mix is even better with a solid soundfield, interesting sound effects and decent dialogue recording.  The English dub DTS-MA is also not bad, but the Thai sounds more realistic.  Extras include Behind The Scenes footage and a Making Of featurette.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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