Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 6th, 2015
BluRay released: April 14th, 2015
Approximate running time: 90 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 Thai, Dolby Digital Stereo Thai
BluRay Release: Well Go USA
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98
Vengeance of an Assassin was directed by Panna Rittikrai, a filmmaker who has worked in various capacities in the Thailand action film industry since the 1980’s. He is most known for his collaborations with Tony Jaa on films like Born to Fight, The Protector and the Ong-bak trilogy. Other notable films that he has worked on include, Chocolate and Raging Phoenix. Sadly, Vengeance of an Assassin would mark Panna Rittikrai’s final film as he would pass away on July 20th, 2014.
The narrative is as basic as they get and the characters have a one track mind and lack depth. Also there is predictability to the events which unfold, which is not surprising since this is arguably the most used premise in the history of action cinema. Are some of these short comings due to his untimely passing or did they complete the film before he passed away. Unfortunately I cannot find a definitive word on just how much of the final product is Panna Rittikrai’s.
Now for the good, the action set pieces range from good too exceptional. With this film’s final act feature the best moments like a fight sequence that takes place inside and on top of a moving train. Another area where this film excels and sets itself apart from Panna Rittikrai’s other film are its operatic gun battles. Needless to say there is never a shortage of action and bloodshed in this film.
From a performance stand point the cast are best described as adequate and this is a good thing, since they are mere props in the grander scheme of things. More importantly what they lack in gravitas performance wise they more then make up for with their enthusiasm.
Anyone familiar with the films of Panna Rittikrai are sure to thoroughly enjoy Vengeance of an Assassin, a film that has all of the ingredients that has since become synonymous with his cinema legacy, while those who have yet experience one of his films our bound to walk away slightly underwhelmed.
Vengeance of an Assassin comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This transfer does a great job retaining the intended look of the film. Details look crisp, black and contrast levels look strong throughout and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Thai and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Thai. Both audio mixes more then get the job done with the 5.1 mix offering the slightly stronger of the two range and depth wise. Dialog always comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. And then it comes to the action set pieces this where both audio really shine. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release are limited to a trailer for the film and trailers for other films also available from Well Go USA. Overall Vengeance of an Assassin gets a first rate audio / video presentation from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.