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House of Flying Daggers Blu-ray

United States
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Shi Mian Mai Fu Sony Pictures | 2004 | 119 min | Rated PG-13 | Jun 20, 2006

House of Flying Daggers (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-2 (17.84 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
Mandarin: LPCM 5.1
Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, French, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.1 of 53.1
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
Based on 14 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Action100%
Martial arts64%
Foreign57%
Adventure36%
Drama36%
Fantasy33%
Romance18%
87%
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House of Flying Daggers

 (2004)

Screenshots from another edition of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon / Curse of the Golden Flower / House of Flying Daggers Trilogy Blu-ray

Mei is an exotic, beautiful blind dancer, associated with a dangerous revolutionary gang, known as the House of Flying Daggers. Captured by officers of the decadent Tang Dynasty, Mei finds herself both threatened - and attracted - to the most unusual circumstances. Here, her heart and loyalties battle each other, amid warriors in the treetops and dazzling combat - the likes of which have never before been seen!

For more about House of Flying Daggers and the House of Flying Daggers Blu-ray release, see House of Flying Daggers Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Ziyi Zhang (Zhang Ziyi), Andy Lau Tak-wah, Song Dandan, Andy Lau
Director: Zhang Yimou

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House of Flying Daggers Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

The picture appears noisy, with less definition than we are accustomed to seeing on Blu-ray disc. Despite the 1080p, MPEG-2 encoding, the video appears more like a noisy, upscaled NTSC. Easily, the best attribute of the picture is the vibrancy of the color. But it seems that somewhere in production it went a bit overboard in bathing the forest scenes in green and in adding excessive contrast, which may have contributed to the impact of the noise. It certainly is distracting and hard to ignore, and that's coming from a reviewer who often appreciates a certain amount of video noise as giving the illusion of real film, if it gives the illusion of "undigitized" noise. As for the grainy elements, they did not necessarily appear to have that analog softness associated with film grain. Instead, I detected a digital element to the noise that was a bit "hard", as if sharpness had been overly applied. Granted, the problem would not bother most viewers, but for videophiles, it detracts from the enjoyment even during the most stunning imagery and action.

The climactic snowscape scene--particularly the sequence in slow motion--is a prime example. When the camera pulls in tight on the characters, the video problems are forgivable because each individual snowflake and details on the characters' faces and clothes are easily resolved. But when the camera pulls back to reveal the entire landscape, it's a mess. One can not discern the snow from the video noise. The depth and definition of the picture is all but destroyed. The poor quality compared to most 1080p productions is even more frustrating considering the gorgeous characters, colors, cinematography and countryside framed perfectly by Zhang's gifted eye. The heavy contrast, no doubt a choice during digital postproduction, at first glance serves to add vibrancy to the colors, but on closer inspection mainly flattens the picture and drown out important depth and detail. What should have been a gorgeous picture seemed noisy, flat and a bit blown-out.



House of Flying Daggers Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The lossless PCM 5.1 track, in Cantonese, emerges in superb definition that provides a solid soundstage. If only it could fix the problems with the picture. Dialog, sound effects and surround cues are rendered with good top-end extension. Nowhere is this more apparent than the famous opening scene set in an ornate brothel, the Peony Pavilion. The blind Mei participates in a sort of exotic dance routine called "The Echo Game". She is surrounded by drums mounted on sticks and must use the overly long sleeves of her ornamental clothing to repeat the drum strikes. Part kung fu, part ballet, Mei's moves echo each drum strike with flawless execution and audio cues. The viewer feels immersed in the scene more by the sounds than the picture.



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