Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 23rd, 2013
BluRay released: March 26th, 2012
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Thai / English, Dolby Digital Stereo Thai / English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Let’s face it, when it comes to martial arts films most of them are just retreads of a more successful film. In the case of Bangkok Revenge this film’s most obvious influence is Steven Seagal’s tour-de-force Hard to Kill. Albeit some very minor changes, most notably the hero is the son of the murdered detective, instead of being the near fatally wounded detective the reemerges from a coma to exact his revenge. Another area in which Bangkok Revenge differs from the aforementioned Hard to Kill, is it style of fighting.
From a narrative standpoint things are pretty thin, with just the basic plot points being thrown into the mix to keep things moving forward. And this is more than acceptable, since this is not the type of film that one’s expects deep character development from. To put it more bluntly it’s all about the action set pieces and then deliver and then some.
With that being said, it should also not come as a surprise that the performances leave a lot to be desired. With the only performance coming off as remotely memorable being John Foo (House of Fury) in the role of this film’s protagonist, the murdered detectives son named Manit. It should be noted that why his performance also comes off as well as its does is because of his presence in more action oriented sequences. Ultimately Bangkok Revenge is a predictable vengeance themed film that never really finds its own identity.
Bangkok Revenge comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. The image generally looks crisp, there are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Thai / English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Thai / English. Both audio sounds sound clear and robust when they need too. With the DTS-HD 5.1 offering up a solid listening experience that does a superb job, especially during the more action oriented sequences. Also this release comes with two subtitle options, English and partial English.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and trailers for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Bangkok Revenge gets a strong audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.