Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 27th, 2013
BluRay released: October 15th, 2013
Approximate running time: 107 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
When it comes to underworld crime films that come from China, there is one name that instantly comes to mind Johnny To (Breaking News, Election). His name has become synonymous with the films revolving around organized crime, with his latest foray titled Drug war.
After a tense opening sequence in which a group of drug smugglers are caught by the authorities, the film shift more towards a partners because of circumstance movie with a high ranking detective pairing up with a drug dealer he has just caught. There deal is the drug dealer avoids the death penalty in exchange he helps bring down others like him.
All of the characters are well rounded and their motivations are clearly defined. That except for one character who uses double dealing leads to a blood bath shootout in the films finale. My favorite moment in the film involves two mute gangsters who’ drug factory is being raided by the police and the bullet ballet the ensues.
Visually the film looks amazing from start to finish. Pacing is never an issue and the performances from the entire cast are all very good, especially Louis Koo (Connected, Triple Tap) in the role of the drug dealer forced to work with the police. Another performance of note is Sun Honglei (A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop) in the role of the detective that is working with Koo’s character. Ultimately Drug War is a riveting crime drama that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next.
Drug War comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Flesh tones and colors look accurate, black and contrast levels look consistently good throughout. Details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Mandarin. Dialog comes through clearly everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too, especially on DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras are limited to a trailer for the film and trailers for for other titles also available from Well Go USA. Overall Drug War gets a first rate audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.