Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 19th, 2010
BluRay released: February 10th, 2009
Approximate running time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS HD 5.1 Thai, Dolby Digital 5.1 Thai, DTS HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
BluRay Release: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $24.98
Synopsis: A young woman with autism and extraordinary fighting skills recovers money that is owed to her ailing.
Chocolate was directed by Prachya Pinkaew who is most known for directing Ong-bak and Tom yum goong. The plot for Chocolate features one of the most unique female martial arts action heroines an autistic girl named Zin who is played by JeeJa Yanin. Even though this is her first feature film her performance and presence during action scenes is flawless.
The plot can be broken into two parts with the majority of back story coming in the first half hour. While the last hour is wall to wall action with each new action set piece building upon the last all leading up to a jaw dropping finale that will leave you breathless.
A few of the fight scenes feature locations which feel like loose homage’s to other martial arts /action films. The ice house scenes is reminiscent of a similar scene from Bruce Lee’s Big Boss and the fight scene before the finale is reminiscent of the house of blues scene from Kill Bill. Also during the fight in the ice house Zin lets out a Bruce Lee like howl and pose. The film’s most memorable scene pairs up Zin against an epileptic whose skills are just as unconventional as hers. Ultimately Chocolate is a grueling martial arts film that makes up for its paper thin plot with its exceptional fighting sequences.
Chocolate comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors and black levels fare well throughout. Even though there are some issues with digital noise, the bulk of the film looks detailed and clean.
This release comes with four audio options, DTS HD 5.1 Thai, Dolby Digital 5.1 Thai, DTS HD 5.1 English and Dolby Digital 5.1 English. Removable English SDH and Spanish subtitles have been included. Not including English subtitles and only a English SDH subtitle is disappointing. There is no reason why both could have not been included. All four audio mixes sound clean, clear and balanced throughout. The actions sequences are where these audio mixes stand out the most.
Extras for this release include a behind the scenes promo (8 minutes 56 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Thai with English subtitles) and trailers for other films also available on BluRay from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Overall Magnolia Home Entertainment gives Chocolate a release that doesn’t take full advantage of the BluRay format.