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IP Man 2: Legend Of The Grandmaster Blu-ray Review

“IP Man 2” is an improvement over the first film.

Set in the 1950’s, the story of “IP Man 2” focuses on the further adventures of IP Man as he teaches students Wing Chun, clashes with other martial arts clubs, and eventually goes toe to toe with an English boxer.

While I wasn’t thrilled by the first “IP Man,” I’m happy to report that the sequel is a big step-up from the first film. Granted, the story is scattered and slight, but it’s a much more engaging film. Why you ask? Two reasons: 1. Donnie Yen Vs. Sammo Hung. 2. Show-stopping action sequences. Any fan of martial arts cinema will no doubt salivate over the fights between icons Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung and let me tell you that it’s quite the spectacle. The fight atop a table is especially noteworthy here. The other fight scenes (including an epic market brawl and a climactic fight in a boxing right) do not disappoint either. Sammo Hung (who directed the action here) does a superb job in choreographing the fights. There isn’t a bad one in the bunch.

Summary: Martial arts cinema fans will be pleased by this sequel. Give it a rent.

Video/Audio:

The widescreen picture quality is sharp here. The colors look crisp and clear which is exactly what I want from a Blu-ray transfer.

This set includes English, Mandarin, and Cantonese DTS-HD 5.1 and English, Mandarin, and Cantonese Dolby Digital Stereo audio tracks. The English dub is poor, the Mandarin track is decent, and the Cantonese track (the original language track) is far and away the best one of the bunch.

Extras:
Aside from Well Go USA trailers, 3 “IP Man 2” trailers, and a 17 ½ minute making of featurette, the majority of the extras are on a bonus DVD disc. The extras on this disc are 9 minuts of deleted scenes, a 3 minute shooting diary, 4 behind-the-scenes looks at the fish market, Chinese restaurant, big/small arena and community sets, and interviews with Wilson Yip, Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Huang Xiao Ming, Darren Shahlavi, Ziong Dai Lin, Simon Yam, Fan Sui Wong, To Yue Hong, Kent Cheng, Ashton Chen and Pierre Ngo about characters and the film itself.

April 27, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Sweet review! I thought this was a great movie that was recommended by my coworker from DISH. I’ve watched this movie about five times since then I can’t get enough of the fight scenes and I love the moves of Wing Chun. I’ve been happy using my Blockbuster @ Home feature which lets me rent all the movies and TV shows I can handle. I get DVDs to my door which helps eliminate the need to go out and I can still stream to my iPad or TV while I wait. I can get a quick exchange at the local Blockbuster when I need to unlimited times. I added this awesome feature for just ten dollars per month.

    Comment by Jay Lo | March 31, 2012 | Reply


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