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The Sorcerer and the White Snake Blu-ray

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Bai she chuan shuo / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Magnolia Pictures | 2011 | 96 min | Rated PG-13 | Apr 09, 2013

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.38:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
Mandarin: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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The Sorcerer and the White Snake

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The Sorcerer and the White Snake Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

Fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul.

For more about The Sorcerer and the White Snake and the The Sorcerer and the White Snake Blu-ray release, see the The Sorcerer and the White Snake Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam
Director: Siu-Tung Ching

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The Sorcerer and the White Snake Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Sorcerer and the White Snake has an odd visual aesthetic for 2013; on one hand, it's filled with CGI—outdated, texture-less CGI—and on the other, it was shot on very grainy 35mm stock. The digital/analog combo definitely adds to the are you sure this film isn't from the 1990s? vibe. Magnolia's 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer at least seems true to source, although that source is a little grubby-looking. I even noticed occasional white specks on the print, which is rare for a relatively new theatrical release. Overall, the image is a bit on the soft side—with the heavy grain structure obscuring what might otherwise be fine detail—but from a normal viewing distance this isn't really an issue, unless you're watching via projector or on an extremely large screen. Color is more immediately striking, with a dense grading of generally warm tones and splashes of intensity, like the red gown on the "ice harpy" at the beginning of the film. Contrast is balanced well, and there are no issues with overpowering black levels or wonky skin tones. Likewise, noise reduction and edge enhancement are kept out of the equation here, and I didn't spot any obvious compression or encode problems. Do note that the film was originally released in post-converted 3D in China, but Magnolia has opted not to do a 3D Blu-ray edition here.


The Sorcerer and the White Snake Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Magnolia has included two audio options, the original Mandarin and an English dub, both in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. (As you'd probably expect, the dub is goofy and stilted, so I'd recommend sticking with the default track.) Though not quite up to the fantasy epic sound design standard set by the Lord of the Rings movies, this is a fairly full-bodied mix that makes good use of the surround speakers in just about every scene. Ambience is quiet but welcome—hear the clamor of the village festival, wind rustling through bamboo trees, bubbles gurgling underwater, lapping waves—and there are occasional cross-channel effects during the more intense, action-oriented sequences. Mark Lui's score also spreads out across the soundfield, with Chinese violin and flute vibrating up front while orchestral instrumentation swells in the rears. Everything is clear and dynamically solid, and the dialogue rests at the top of the mix, always easy to understand. The disc includes English, English SDH, English Titles and Text, and Spanish subtitles.


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Magnolia Pictures has detailed the Blu-ray release of action director Ching Siu-Tung's The Sorcerer and the White Snake. Based on the Chinese legend, "Madame White Snake," the film tells the story of a holy warrior (Jet Li) who must battle a thousand-year-old creature ...


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