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Monday, January 23, 2012

1911: Collector's Edition Blu-Ray Review

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1911: Collector's Edition Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Dexterous martial arts legend Jackie Chan reaches his 100th film milestone with this historical drama set in the year 1911, as the Chinese public begins to revolt against the Qing Dynasty that has ruled the country for 250 years. As the child emperor takes the throne and his mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen), clings to power, famine sweeps the land and warring factions clash in battle. Meanwhile, the "New Army" beings targeting rebels and the desperate leaders of the Qing Dynasty begin putting the country's future at risk through rampant trading with foreign countries. When Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) returns home from studying modern warfare in Japan, he finds his homeland consumed by strife. Realizing that the only hope for the future is for China to take up arms and topple the Qing Dynasty, Huang enters into an epic battle that threatens devastating consequences for the common people. Bing Bing Lee, Jaycee Chan, and Winston Chao co-star

Review: This movie represents the landmark 100th film for Jackie Chan.  The historical drama is a rare look into China's past.  Chan plays an unlikely role as a revolutionary that helps to create an environment of revolt.  The Qing Dynasty may fall, but the consequences for the citizens could be deadly.  This one is full of drama, political action and intrigue.  Its a fantastic example of Chinese cinema at its finest.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Bonus Footage, B-Roll Footage and Trailers.  The film is available in both English subtitles and English dub!

Interest Range: Historical Drama