H D - S E N S E I
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Gary W. Tooze
Secret (aka 'Bu neng shuo de. mi mi') [Blu-ray]
(Jay Chou, 2007)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Edko Film Limited (HK)
Feature Runtime: 1:41:28
Feature film disc size: 22.1 Gig
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 27th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG4-AVC
• Theatrical Trailer
Product Description: Lun (Jay Chou) lives with his father, Chiu (Anthony Wong),
the music teacher of Tamkang Secondary School. Both of them are very good at
music and piano.
Having already proven his acting chops and box office draw with the blockbusters Initial D and Curse of the Golden Flower, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou makes his directorial debut with the romantic drama Secret. In addition to starring and directing, Chou came up with the original story and music for the film and he proves to be remarkably assured on all counts, making Secret one of the most pleasant surprises of 2007. While the director himself is still a relative newcomer to acting, co-stars Anthony Wong and Guey Lun Mei (Blue Gate Crossing) are both extremely talented actors, with Guey giving an especially captivating performance as the film's mysterious female lead. Chou also smartly plays to his own strengths by displaying his piano skills on screen and enlisting friends Yu Hao, Zhang Jie, and Devon of Nan Quan Mama as supporting cast. An affecting mix of puppy love, suspense, and wistful tunes, this sweet, subtle, and engaging film adds another notch to Chairman Chou's long list of accomplishments..
Excerpt from YesAsia.com located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
A pretty competent, if not brilliantly stellar, new Blu-ray from Edko. Jay Chou's Secret in 1080P looks very good balancing nicely between crisp detail and an occasional soft palette of colors. Image quality is fairly consistent and the film has scenes that can look quite striking. Although not displaying the extravagant attributes of some large budget production on dual-layered discs - I expect this looks accurate to the theatrical intent. Noise is quite minimal and I don't see any DNR used to compensate for deficiencies and the image is fairly smooth and unblemished. It's only real complaint would be that detail is a notch below what some have come to expect from a Blu-ray image - but it still towers above any SD counterparts. I suspect fans of the film will be impressed with the visual appearance of this Blu-ray.
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Audio & Music:
September 17th, 2008