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Dragon Blade Blu-ray Review

Dragon Blade Blu-ray

“Dragon Blade” is an embarrassing big budget production.

Set during the Han Dynasty, “Dragon Blade” begins with the Silk Road Protection Squad (led by Huo An) being wrongfully arrested. The squad members are sent to the Wild Geese Gate to rebuild the city where they eventually encounter a group of fugitive Romans led by General Lucius. After learning that Huo An and co. must rebuild the city in 15 days, the Romans decide to help them in exchange for help to reach the Parthian Empire. You see, Lucius seeks revenge against the Roman Tiberius who not only wrongfully claimed the throne, but wants to rule the Silk Road. Will Tiberius conquer all or can Huo An, Lucius, and their forces band together to stop the warlord?

As of right now, “Dragon Blade” has to be one of the strangest film productions of all time. Not only is this semi-historical action film one of the biggest budget films in Chinese cinema history, but it also has quite possibly the weirdest cast ever assembled (Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody, and John Cusack). While Chan is believable enough as Huo An, Brody and especially Cusack are entirely out of place here. Cusack is far and away the least convincing Roman General you will ever see.

I wish I could say the rest of the film fares better, but it does not. Writer/director Daniel Lee fills his motion picture with slow motion, awkward conversations, overdone themes, distracting and flashy directorial moments, bad edits, dumb humor, weak CGI, and, yes, even a scene that looks like it came from “Birdemic.” Sure, the sets are impressive and the battles are well staged, but so what? You can get that from any number of films.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray transfer is sharp all around.

Audio Track: Mandarin/English 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track is lively from start to finish.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers and a ”Dragon Blade” trailer.
* 2 music videos

* Digital copy.
* 56 minutes of interviews with cast and crew members in which they talk about characters, costumes, visuals, CG, challenges, genre and more.
* “Behind The Scenes of Dragon Blade”- A standard 21 minute featurette containing cast and crew interviews, film clips, discussions about history, behind-the-scenes footage, etc.

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December 27, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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