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Revenge Of The Green Dragons Blu-ray Review

Revenge of the Green Dragons Blu-ray

“Revenge of the Green Dragons” is a forgettable crime drama.

Taking place during the 80’s and 90’s, “Revenge of the Green Dragons” is a crime drama that is based on true events. The story revolves around two friends (Sonny and Steven) who become members of the Chinese-American Green Dragons gang at a young age. As the story jumps forward in time, the audience sees Sonny and Steven grow up and rise to power. Their high powered status does not last long, however, as things come crashing down around them when rival gangs and the police/FBI are on their trail.

One would think that Martin Scorsese acting as an executive producer and “Infernal Affairs” (AKA the original ‘The Departed”) director Andrew Lau and co-director Andrew Loo helming this project would be more than enough reason for “Revenge of the Green Dragons” to be worthwhile, but, sadly, it lacks depth.  Despite the fact that it’s based on a true story, the film is a disappointingly straight forward tale of race, family, violence, betrayal, murder, and yes, revenge. Granted, it starts out promising enough, but the story simply loses steam midway through. The end attempts to win viewers back with some major twists and turns, but by the time those roll around, you’re long past caring. It’s unfortunate the film didn’t quite pan out because we all know a Scorsese/Lay team-up should yield far better results than this cut and dry gangster film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The gritty cinematography style works well in hi-def.

Audio Track: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track does the job.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* Nearly 2 minutes of deleted scenes.
* Featurettes on the cast, costume and production design titled “The Not So American Dream: The Cast,” “Stitches In Time: Costume Design” and “A Claustrophobic World: Production Design.’
* A rather quiet and dull commentary by Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo.

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March 3, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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