Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 30th, 2018
BluRay released: February 6th, 2018
Approximate running times: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Mandarin, Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Chinese
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A / Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.95
“Scientist Xia Tian is on the verge of a major discovery when she successfully sends living tissue back in time. But everything unravels after her young son is kidnapped and held for a hefty ransom—the entirety of her research. When the drop goes sour and her son is killed, Xia Tian sends herself back in time on a desperate mission to prevent his death.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
The film’s opening act, does a superb job establishing the characters and what their motivations are? Unfortunately, things start to fall apart once this film’s protagonist attempts her first of several attempts to change events that have unfolded.
And though, the film does a good job exploring the dangers of repeatedly going back in time. The narrative feels draw out and condensing these time leaps, would greatly improves this film’s pacing. With that being said, the film almost redeems itself with an ending that provides satisfying conclusion to the events that have unfolded.
The cast are all good in their respective roles. With this film’s strongest performance being Mi Yang (Painted Skin: The Resurrection) in the role of Xia Tian. Another performance of note is Wallace Huo in the role of Cui Hu, a time traveler from the future. He more than fulfills the role of this film’s villain.
From a production standpoint, this film is at its best during its action set pieces, while special effects are often underwhelming. Ultimately, though this film features all of the elements that one has come to expect from a film about time travel. The end result is a film that crumbles under its own ambitions.
Reset comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The image looks sharp, black levels are consistently strong, colors look accurate 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. The audio sounds, clean, clear, balanced and robust, when it needs too. Range wise, the DTS-HD 5.1 mix does a superb job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack.Included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include trailers for Reset, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia and Legend of the Naga Pearls.
Overall Well Go USA gives Reset a solid audio / video presentation.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.