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Storm Warriors, The (BluRay) 
Written by: on July 15th, 2010


Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 2009
Directors: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang
Writer: Wing-Shing Ma
Cast: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Kenny Ho, Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, Simon Yam, Suet Lam, Patrick Tam, Anson Leung, Byron Pang, Yan Tang, Tak-bun Wong

BluRay released: July 12th, 2010
Approximate running time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Rating: 15 (UK)
Sound: DTS-HD Master 5.1 Cantonese, Dolby Digital Stereo Cantonese
Subtitles: English
BluRay Release: Cine Asia
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: £24.99


Synopsis: Two legendary warriors, Wind and Cloud are all that stands in the way of a power hungry warlord named Lord Godless. He is hell bent on obtaining what lies within the Dragon Tomb.

The Storm Warriors was directed Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang (The Eye, Bangkok Haunted). The Storm Warriors is a sequel of sorts to the 1998 film The Storm Riders. And just like its predecessor, The Storm Warriors was also adapted from a  (Manhua) comic that was created by Wing-Shing Ma a Chinese illustrator / writer. In between these two films. There were also two T.V. series which were also based on these characters.

Have you ever started watching a film and said to yourself “This is oddly familiar even though it does not resemble ‘the film’ that preceded it”. This is one of those films. Anyone who has seen The Storm Riders and is looking for more of the same. Are most likely going to be disappointed with this film. And anyone who are not familiar with these characters are sure to get lost as The Storm Warriors does not have that much back story. These are just a few areas where this film is lacking when compared to its predecessor The Storm Riders.

Fortunately there are few areas where this films does really well, the action sequences and the performances from the entire cast. With the films stand out performance coming from Simon Yam (Full Contact, Naked Killer) in the role of Lord Godless. And while some may devalue his performance, when compared to Sonny Chiba’s towering performance as Lord Conquer the main villain from The Storm Riders. He does a very good job as this film’s main villain, especially when all things are considered like this film’s lack of character depth.

If you are looking for a film that has an abundance of action of sequences. And right off the bat this film jumps right in with a spectacular action sequence in which the heroes of this story, Wind and Cloud have their first of many confrontations with the film’s main villain Lord Godless. When all is said and done, The Storm Warriors like so many other sequels diverges too far away from what made its predecessor successful.

The BluRay:

The Storm Warriors comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels are strong and details look crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression or DNR.

This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD Master 5.1 Mandarin and a Dolby Digital Stereo Mandarin. This release comes with removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free. Both audio mixes sound clear, balanced and robust during more action oriented sequences.

Extras for this release include the film’s original trailer (1 minute 45 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), a teaser trailer (32 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles) and interviews with directors Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang (10 minutes 27 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), actors Aaron Kwok (4 minutes 49 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles),  Ekin Cheng (3 minutes 48 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), Simon Yam (5 minutes 13 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles),  Nicholas Tse (5 minutes 36 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles),  Kenny Ho (1 minute 39 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), actresses Charlene Choi (10 minutes 27 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), Yan Tang (1 minute 19 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles). Other extras include two behind the scenes segments “Montage” (3 minutes 36 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), “Return of a Thousand Swords” (2 minutes 24 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), 5 CGI demonstration clips, a ‘Making of’ featurette with comments from the cast and crew that has broken down into seven separate segments, “The Characters” (4 minutes 55 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), “Special Effects Production” (1 minute 33 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), “Wind Turns Evil” (3 minutes 5 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), “The Unsung Heroes” (4 minutes 15 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), “The Meeting of Cloud and Wind” (3 minutes 54 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), “Cloud’s Sword Style ‘BA’ “ (3 minutes 18 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles), “The Fight on the Cliff Top” (2 minutes 50 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Cantonese with English subtitles). The interviews with cast and crew cover the various aspects of this production, the characters, the story and the special effects. The main extra included with this release is a detailed and insightful audio commentary with Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan. Also included with this release are trailers for Raging Phoenix (1 minute 43 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD), Shinjuku Incident (1 minute 49 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD), IP Man (2 minutes 6 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD), House of Fury (1 minute 14 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Kung Fu Dunk (55 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), The Myth (1 minute 32 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), Fist of Legend (1 minute 30 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD), Robo-Geisha (2 minutes – anamorphic widescreen – HD), Robin-B-Hood (1 minute 39 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD) and Kill Zone (1 minute 27 seconds – anamorphic widescreen – HD). Overall The Storm Warriors get a solid BluRay release from Cine Asia.

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