Man With The Iron Fists, The

Featured In Issue 175, March 2013

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Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With The Iron Fists, an epic action adventure inspired by classic kung fu movies. When the emperor's gold is hijacked, every kung fu warrior, assassin, and hired gun in China will battle to claim the fortune. Starring Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe, RZA, and Lucy Liu, The Man With The Iron Fists Unrated Extended Edition includes jaw-dropping martial arts action not seen in theatres. (Tricia Spears)

You have the choice of watching either the theatrical version (HD 01:35:16) or the unrated extended version (HD 01:47:26). Special features include five deleted scenes; the featurettes A Look Inside The Man With The Iron Fists (HD 02:01), A Path To The East (02:27), and On The Set With RZA (HD 05:11); BD-Live; D-BOX® Motion Code™; and upfront ads. Also included is the DVD and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is sharp and clear, with excellent picture quality. The color palette is richly and warmly hued, with strong primaries that really pop. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Contrast is perfectly balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine and nuanced detail exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The imagery is pristine and absolutely satisfying. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1 soundtrack perfectly matches the killer antics with an intense bone crushing tenacity that sonically choreographs the bloody kung fu action. The sound is dynamic, with atmospherics and sound effects that are hard hitting and dimensional. Sound effects are aggressively positioned and panned throughout the soundfield. The intense action is enhanced with pulsating deep .1 LFE bass that extends to sub-25 Hz. The music score is nicely recorded with an expansive frontal soundstage presence that aggressively extends to the surrounds. Dialogue, while ADR driven and not always well integrated spatially, manages to stay intelligible and above the loudest action sequences. The narrative presentation is uncharacteristic but is intelligible. The sonics are hyper-intensified with full-on SPL energy, which makes for an exciting holosonic® experience. (Gary Reber)