Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 24th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: China, 2016
Director: Ding Sheng
Writers: Alex Jia, He Keke, Ding Sheng
Cast: Jackie Chan, Zitao Huang, Jaycee Chan, Kai Wang, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ping Sang, Alan Ng, Fan Xu, Darren Wang
BluRay released: June 20th, 2017
Approximate running time: 124 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Headphone 5.1 Mandarin, DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin, DTS-HD 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A / Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
Railroad Tigers was co-written and directed by Ding Sheng, whose other notable films include, Little Big Soldier, Police Story: Lockdown and Saving Mr. Wu.
Instead of building up a film around Jackie Chan, Railroad Tigers follows the pattern that has become all too common in Jackie Chan’s most recent films, an ensemble driven narrative. And though the narrative finds a good balance between the more dramatic moments and action set pieces. The more dramatic moments tend to suffer at times, due to the characters lack of depth. Fortunately, all is not lost and when it comes to this film’s action set pieces this is one area where the film delivers in spades. With the film’s high-octane finale offering a very satisfying conclusion.
As mentioned before the characters are one dimensional and the performances are best described as serviceable. Jackie Chan delivers a good, albeit not memorable performance that has brief glimpses of the type of things that he is best known for. This film’s most memorable performance is Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (Ip Man) in the role of a high-ranking commander of Japanese army, who takes the freedom fighters constant meddling all too personal.
Railroad Tigers comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look sharp and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with five audio options, a DTS-HD Headphone 5.1 mix in Mandarin, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Mandarin, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. All of the audio mixes sound, clear, balanced and robust when they need too. Range wise all of the audio mixes take full advantage of the sound spectrum, especially the 5.1 audio mixes. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include, the international trailer for the film (1 minute 6 seconds), a trailer for the film (1 minute 17 seconds), five featurettes – Director’s Featurette (2 minutes 53 seconds), The Dangers of Shooting (2 minutes 37 seconds), The Making of (21 minutes 21 seconds), VFX Featurette (3 minutes 55 seconds) and The Characters (3 minutes 11 seconds). All of the extra content is in Chinese with English subtitles.
Content wise, the featurettes contain, onset footage and comments from the cast and the director.
Other extras include, a slip cover and trailers for Kung Fu Yoga, Operation Meking and Cold War 2.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Railroad Tigers get a solid release from Well Go USA.