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Great Use Of 3D - Entertaining Film
on 26 March 2013
A quick review of Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate - Blu Ray 3D version.
I was looking around for some decent 3D live action films at Xmas and did some research on the subject matter, i found most ( not all ) live action films are converted and not actually shot in 3D, this particular film was shot using the same camera system as Prometheus and was shot in 3D, unlike Prometheus which was all about using the 3D for depth, Flying Swords has great depth to the image and some decent pop out moments, some people consider pop out a gimmick, perhaps so, but it's an entertaining gimmick and i like 3D films to have pop out.
The movie itself is okay, it's entertaining and passes a couple of hours easily, you get a choice of a 2D edition on another disc or the 3D edition, you also get the choice of a dubbed 2 channel soundtrack or a 5.1 original Mandarin language version, i chose the latter, it's a pity the subtitles are in the picture area as this sometimes causes minor issues with watching in 3D, when i say issues i mean it can be distracting reading the subtitles while trying to enjoy a 3D film, not a problem if you are viewing in 2D and anyways as already mentioned you can select the 2 channel dubbed option, for a dub it's not too bad, light years ahead of all those badly dubbed seventies films which came from Hong Kong.
Jet Li has made better movies than this, as has director Hark Tsui, try watching Once Upon A Time In China as just one example, i also enjoyed Detective Dee: Mystery Of The Phantom Flame too, Tsui made that one the year before making Flying Swords.
I absolutely love the use of 3D on this film, better than almost all Hollywood productions, the film itself is not perfect but i liked it, i knock a star off merely because the film is good but not great, the packaging that house the disc is good and the disc transfer is very good, no annoying edge enhancement, no compression issues, no contrast boosting or trying to change the original look of the film, a very good transfer to blu ray, sure the CGI effects are not always the best but they are good enough for me, if you like this type of film, like the actors and directors work and enjoy 3D depth AND 3D popout then i recommend this film.