Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate 3D

Featured In Issue 170, October 2012

3D Picture5
WSR Score3.5
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Hark Tsui
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Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate is a story of power, pleasure, and revenge. Vigilante general Zhao (Li) is determined to restore order to the royal throne by tracing down corrupt officials, including Ye, an incredibly determined eunuch. Ye and his soldiers are on their way to the new Dragon Inn, where they hope to find a runaway pregnant palace concubine and a tough swordswoman who have sought refuge there. As a legendary sandstorm lays hold of the region, fighters, treasure-seekers, and assassins alike will find themselves in the midst of a powerful, unforgettable showdown of good vs. evil. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a two-part making-of featurette (Part 1 HD 04:48, Part 2 HD 9:16) and a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 32:21), interviews with the cast and crew (HD 20:21), and the theatrical trailer.

The 2.40:1 1080p MVC 3D appears to be photographed in native 3D by Widescreen Media Pte Ltd (Singapore), with stereoscopic post-production effects. The sense of depth and perspective is impressive. The elaborate production design with spectacular texture detail is simply breathtaking in 3D! One cannot feel but as an invisible visitor to the proceedings. The color palette is purely natural, with rich and warm hues and perfectly natural fleshtones. Contrast is extremely well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is exceptional with amazing detail nuanced in the finest depiction of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The 3D presentation is exceptional in the portrayal of natural dimensional scope and depth, which enhances the realism of the storytelling. There is no evidence of artifacts, such as ghosting crosstalk, to mar the 3D experience. This is another outstanding 3D presentation that is engaging and thrilling to experience. Amazing! (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel Chinese soundtrack is masterful in terms of its dimensional scope and dynamic breath. The entire soundfield is ignited, for an impressive holosonic® experience. Dialogue is naturally rendered, though, spatial integration is seriously wanting. The orchestral music score is sweeping, with a wide and deep soundstage presence that aggressively extends into the surrounds. Atmospherics and sound effects, as well as Foley, are emphasized, especially the sound of sword blades during the intense battle scenes. Dynamics are good, though, the deepest .1 LFE energy is lacking to deliver the sonic impact that one would expect during the battle scenes. Still, this is an immersive, enveloping sonic experience, with effective directionalized dimensionality. (Gary Reber)