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Fist of Legend Blu-ray

United States
Jing wu ying xiong Vivendi Visual Entertainment | 1994 | 103 min | Not rated | Apr 20, 2010

Fist of Legend (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Cantonese: Dolby Digital 2.0
Mandarin: Dolby Digital 2.0
English: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 3.1 of 53.1
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
Based on 7 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Action100%
Martial arts61%
Foreign50%
Drama2%
63%
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Fist of Legend

 (1994)

Fist of Legend Blu-ray delivers great video and mediocre audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Infuriated by Master Huo's brutal defeat at the hands of a Japanese master, a young martial arts student returns from studying in Japan to seek ultimate revenge.

For more about Fist of Legend and the Fist of Legend Blu-ray release, see Fist of Legend Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jet Li, Siu-hou Chin, Yasuaki Kurata
Director: Gordon Chan

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Fist of Legend Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Dragon Dynasty Blu's got off to a rocky start with lamentable video presentations on both 36th Chamber of Shaolin and The Killer. Luckily, that trend reversed itself fairly convincingly with The Protector, which I half wondered might be due to Tarantino's involvement with that film. Fist of Legend has no Tarantino connection (at least officially, anyway), and yet we're offered a convincing, if not quite perfect, AVC encoded 1080p transfer (yes, 1080p--looks like Vivendi finally got the message) in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1. This is a very good looking transfer by and large, with beautifully saturated colors and a wealth of fine detail. Grain is completely natural looking, rather evident in some shots, but never distracting, and actually helping to give this transfer a very palpable texture. The source elements themselves have very minor issues, including passing flecks and a scratch or two. I noticed absolutely no post processing issues like edge enhancement or DNR. I'd say Vivendi is batting about .400 now with these Dragon Dynasty releases, with some points taken off for this film's source element damage, as minor as it is.


Fist of Legend Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Unfortunately, no lossless audio options are offered on this Blu. Instead we get Dolby 2.0 mono tracks in both Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as a repurposed English dub in Dolby 5.1. I toggled back and forth between all three of these and found I liked the Cantonese best, though both of the Chinese tracks are plagued by some synchronization issues. Obviously this was a multi-lingual production to begin with, so ADR was probably a must. Both of the mono tracks do have a bit of the boxy sound of films much older than a vintage 1994 movie, but overall fidelity is fine, if not mind-blowing. The English 5.1 mix is a bit more spacious, as might be expected, but I actually found it somewhat off putting at times. While the surround activity is fun in the fight sequences, for the other, non-action segments (and there are lots, despite the film's pedigree), the 5.1 just seemed too artificial, as if a lacquer of reverb had been slathered onto the stems. What's really missing here, from all three choices, is that "thunk"-worthiness on the low end that a lossless option provides. Even the fiercest punches here sound anemic, not a good sign in a film which relies on sound effects to deliver visceral excitement during an action sequence.

There has been some controversy that this release was "dubtitled" instead of "subtitled," but not having seen other releases of this film, I can say that the issue really didn't bother me too greatly.


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