Special ID Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release
Zi Long has been an infiltrating cop in Xiong’s Hong Kong mafia clan for many years. The failure of his recent negotiation on behalf of Xiong with the other three local clans makes Xiong suspicious of Zi Long’s identity. Xiong sets to wipe out every undercover in his gang. Sensing the danger, Zi Long requests an end to his undercover career from his supervisor Sir Zhang. However, Zhang sends Zi Long to Mainland China to infiltrate a business of “Special Identity” trading instead. The business is run by Xiong’s best protégé Sunny who was Zi Long’s previous buddy in the gang. Zhang promises to reinstate Zi Long’s Police identity in conclusion of the mission once Sunny’s business is broken down. Zi Long agrees, joining local Police Officer Lei Peng and Fang Jing in the force.
For more about Special ID and the Special ID Blu-ray release, see Special ID Blu-ray Review published by Jeffrey Kauffman on May 13, 2014 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.
People signing on for any given Donnie Yen action picture know pretty much what they're going to get, namely a
hardscrabble, taciturn hero fighting unbeatable odds and—well, beating them. Special ID places this all within the
well worn Asian cinema (and elsewhere) trope of a disillusioned undercover cop pretending to work for the local crime
syndicate, and finding it increasingly difficult to navigate between his "professional" (whether undercover or not) and
private family lives. Special ID's narrative flow may not be as coherent as some of the best in this burgeoning
subgenre, but the action elements are well staged and will probably provide just enough of an adrenaline rush to make
this acceptable for Yen fans.
Films as varied (and at times as iconic) as Infernal Affairs (the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and New World have already proven what a potent storyline this basic setup can be, but ironically that's exactly
what ails Special ID the most: it's lacking originality and it simply comes off worse when compared to other films
that ply the same territory. Special ID is brisk and eventful, and contains a couple of great set pieces, but there's a
pretty empty vacuum of this story that is more middling than special.
Special ID is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Well Go USA with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.34:1. This is a
really fantastically sharp and almost crystalline looking high definition transfer of native high definition elements from the
Red One camera. Though often skewed to a cool color palette, with lots of teal blues and even almond yellows thrown into
the mix, fine detail pops nicely throughout. Contrast appears slightly boosted at times, giving some scenes an almost
effulgent (albeit fluorescent) glow.
Original language and English dub options are available in both DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0. While fidelity is excellent on the
5.1 tracks, there's a somewhat surprising emphasis on the front channels that tends to work against the film's action elements. The score and
some foley effects due echo through the surrounds, but this is at times a surprisingly restrained mix. There are no issues of any kind to report.
Yen fans should find enough here to keep them engaged, but this is second tier Yen at best. The basic storyline has been told many times
before, and at least some of those times, better. The film is breathless, stuffed with action, and well staged, and the Blu-ray boasts impressive
Texas-based distributors Well Go USA have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Clarence Ford's latest film Special ID (2013), starring martial superstar Donnie Yen, Andy On, Jing Tian, Zhang Han-Yu, Frankie Ng, Collin Chow, ...
Texas-based distributors Well Go USA have revealed that they are planning to bring to Blu-ray director Clarence Ford's latest film Special ID (2013), starring martial superstar Donnie Yen, Andy On, Jing Tian, Zhang Han-Yu, Frankie Ng, Collin Chow, and Ronald Cheng. ...