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Red Cliff II [Blu-ray]
(John Woo, 2009)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Mei Ah
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 46,876,340,248 bytes
Feature Size: 43,733,563,392 bytes
Average Bitrate: 41.27 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 27th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio Chinese 6144 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 6144 kbps / 16-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 2856 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2856 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD Audio Chinese 2140 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2140 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), none
• Interviews (not English-friendly)
Description: The East Wu forces set up camp on Red Cliff, directly across Cao Cao's (Zhang Fengyi) camp and his naval stockade. When Cao's soldiers fell ill to a plague, he sends the infected bodies across the river, infecting many of the allied force. In return, Zhou Yu (Tony Leung) hatches a plan, resulting in the execution of Cao Cao's two top admirals. However, Cao still plans to attack. While at Red Cliff, the East Wu generals plan to attack Cao's naval stockade with fire. Who will emerge the winner of this battle of wits?
After breaking box-office records with the 2008 release of
Red Cliff, John Woo concludes his epic Three Kingdoms adaptation
with Red Cliff 2. Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Infernal Affairs)
and Kaneshiro Takeshi (Perhaps Love) return as Zhou Yu and Zhuge
Liang, and Zhang Feng Yi (Farewell, My Concubine) acts up a storm
as the power-hungry Cao Cao. Chang Chen (The Go Master), Vicki
Zhao (Painted Skin), Hu Jun (Infernal Affairs 2) and
Nakamura Shido (Fearless) lend support, with Taiwanese model Lin
Chi Ling taking on an expanded role as the beautiful Xiao Qiao, and
Mainland actor Tong Da Wei joining the cast as one of Cao Cao's
Red Cliff II on Blu-ray from Mei Ah looks just as strong as Red Cliff part 1 meaning it is of reference quality. Visuals exhibit pristine foreground detail at times, while colors are un-embellished and true, contrast excellent and the image has no artificial gloss. Technically it is dual-layered with the feature taking up over 43 Gig of space and the bitrate is towering. Fans will not have to be concerned over Mei Ah watermarking - as I couldn't detect it throughout the entire presentation. The impressive image is obviously perfectly clean and very fine grain is visible. Really, I have no qualms about the way this looks in high-definition. We are talking 'demo' quality here.
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Once again demo material and comments I wrote about Red Cliff part one hole true - "We run the gamut of high-end options with three original Mandarin language track choices, LPCM 7.1, TrueHD 7.1 and a DTS-HD Master - also in 7.1. I tested all three eventually settling on the LPCM option (for no specific reason.) Each mix sounds exceptionally strong filling the room with effect noise. Like the image - this audio is flawless with impressive range and solid depth. Red Cliff II is filled with demonstrative sound and it really comes through clean and tight - energetically separated when called upon and even some nice subtle surround touches. Dialogue is clear and consistent. There are English, or Chinese (both traditional and simplified) optional subtitles available." the disc is region free - as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player.
There are some interviews - but, alas, nothing English friendly. There is also a Still Gallery and trailer.
April 22nd, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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