Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 22nd, 2012
BluRay released: July 3rd, 2012
Approximate running time: 118 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
Synopsis: A detective is given the task of apprehending a fugitive, who is hiding out in the Gobi Desert with his pregnant girlfriend. Unfortunately things go awry when two hit men involve themselves by trying to capture the fugitive so they can settle a score with them.
Though the western is undeniably a genre that is firmly rooted in American cinema. That has not stopped filmmakers from countries outside of the United States from putting their own spin on this genre. With the most notably foreign twist on this American genre being the Italian themed westerns made in the 1960’s, more commonly known as Spaghetti westerns. In more recent years there has been a few notable westerns to emerge for countries outside of the United States, like the South Korean western, The Good, The Bad and The Weird and the Chinese western, A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop.
What, Wind Blast lacks in narrative complexity, it more than makes up for with its first rate action set pieces. And while the action set pieces are the back bone of this film production. No film can survive solely on the shoulders of its action set pieces. With that being said, the colorful cast of characters which populate this film are another one of this film strongest assets.
Visually the film is filled with a tremendous amount of style and pacing wise things move along at a break neck speed. When it comes to the performances in this film it is hard to find any faults in them, there is an infectious enthusiasm that dominates every performance in this film. With this film’s most memorable performance coming from Francis Ng (The Bride with White Hair) in the role of a hit man named Mai Gao. Another performance of note is Nan Yu (The Expendables 2) in the role of Mai Gao’s accomplice.
Wind Blast comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. This transfer does a very good job retaining the intended look of this film. Black levels fare well, details look crisp, there are no problems with compression and DNR is kept in check.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in Mandarin. Though both audio options are in great shape. It is the DTS-HD 5.1 mix in Mandarin that really showcases the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack. Also the action driven moments always sound robust and take full advantage of the sound spectrum. Also included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (1 minute 31 seconds – anamorphic widescreen, in Mandarin with English subtitles), a ‘Making of’ featurette (25 minutes 5 seconds – letterboxed widescreen, in Mandarin with English subtitles) and a ‘Behind the Scenes’ featurette (23 minutes 40 seconds – 4:3 full frame, in Mandarin with English subtitles). The production related featurettes are on set footage heavy. Topics that are discussed in these extras include each actor talking about the characters they portrayed and screenwriter / director Qunshu Gao discusses more production related topics, most notably the look of the film. Also included with this release are trailers for other films also available from Well Go USA. Overall Wind Blast gets a strong release from Well Go USA.
Note: This film is also being released by Well Go USA on DVD.