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Shamo Blu-ray

Hong Kong
Tai Seng | 2007 | 105 min | Unrated | May 26, 2009

Shamo (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.88:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Cantonese: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Cantonese: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Vietnamese: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
Mandarin (Traditional), Mandarin (Simplified), English

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

Playback
Region free

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Video 3.0 of 53.0
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Action87%
Martial arts56%
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Shamo

 (2007)

Shamo Blu-ray offers decent video and superb audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

After barbarically slaughtering his parents, 16 year old Ryo is sent to a prison for boys. Continually tortured by his fellow inmates, Ryo takes up karate training after a savage beating leaves him for dead. Returned to society after 3 years, Ryo catches the attention of the local triads for his natural ferocity and dedication to destruction. Convinced to enter underground, no rules fighting tournaments, Ryo easily demolishes the competition. Seemingly unstoppable, Ryo's inevitable confrontation with champion Sugawara may be his only chance for respect by the society that has so completely rejected him.

For more about Shamo and the Shamo Blu-ray release, see Shamo Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Shawn Yue, Francis Ng, Masato
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang

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Shamo Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Shamo arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Tai Seng Entertainment.

I have been nothing but utterly impressed with Tai Seng Entertainment's output thus far. I know that many of their releases are replicas of HK Blu-rays, but the US distributors have been adding plenty of additional audio options and supplemental features that make their discs very attractive.

Shamo, however, is the first disc that I have seen with Tai Seng Entertainment's logo that isn't truly impressive. The video presentation is still good, but most certainly not as stellar as I was expected it to be. Contrast and clarity for example vary quite a bit. Certain scenes in Shamo look exceptionally strong – with great contrast, clarity and detail – while others appear notably softer. I also noticed a small amount of digital noise, particularity during the second half of the film. This said, the color-scheme looks acceptable. Yellows, reds, greens, blues, blacks and whites look fine, but they are not consistently rich and well saturated. Macroblocking is not an issue of concern, though edge-enhancement is noticeable during specific scenes. Finally, even though there are a few of tiny specks popping up here and there, the actual transfer is healthy. (Note: Even though this Blu-ray release is marketed as being Region-A, it is in fact Region-Free. Therefore, you will be able to access its contents regardless of your geographical location).


Shamo Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are five different tracks on this Blu-ray release – Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Vietnamese Stereo 2.0. I opted for the Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and English Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks for the purpose of this review.

Even though there isn't a great deal of activity in the rear channels, certainly not as much as I've heard from some other recent Blu-rays of HK action films, there is enough in Shamo that will test the muscles of your audio equipment. For example, many of the fight scenes convey excellent surround movement, strong bass and pleasing high frequencies. Balance is also handled well. Furthermore, the dialog is crisp, clear and easy to follow (I must warn you, though, that there is some awkward dubbing throughout the film that some of you may find slightly annoying. This is, however, how Shamo was filmed). For the record, I did not detect any disturbing dropouts, pops, cracks, or hissings to report in this review.

The Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track appears to be identical to the Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track. I tested four different scenes where there was a good dose of bass and surround activity and found them all to be identical on both tracks. The dialog on the Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track is also as crisp and easy to follow as it is on the Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track.

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track (I assume an option available only on the US release courtesy of Tai Seng Entertainment) would be helpful only to those who do not want to use the English subtitles for the Cantonese tracks. I personally found it inferior to the Cantonese DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 tracks – the dynamic amplitude is notably weaker on the English Dolby Digital 5.1 track. For the record, Tai Seng Entertainment have provided optional English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles for the main feature.


Shamo Blu-ray, News and Updates



Shamo Coming to Blu-ray in May - April 13, 2009

Tai Seng Entertainment has announced that they will bring the action film 'Shamo' to Blu-ray on May 26th. Video will be presented in 1080p accompanied by a Cantonese 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. The special features for this release include a making of featurette ...


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