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  • Eye for An Eye: The Blind Swordsman (Well Go USA) Blu-ray Review

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    Released by: Well Go USA
    Released on: November 28th, 2023.
    Director: Bingjia Yang
    Cast: Xie Miao, Nan Yi, Zhang Haosen
    Year: 2022
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    Eye for An Eye: The Blind Swordsman – Movie Review:

    Set in the Tang Dynasty, Eye for An Eye: The Blind Swordsman introduces us to Cheng (Xie Miao), a man who works as an official court sanctioned bounty hunter dubbed the 'Ghostkiller' and who makes a living for himself hunting down and doing away with wanted criminals. As Cheng is blind, he plans to use his reward money for an operation that will hopefully restore his vision.

    When he travels to collect payment for his latest job, he finds himself inadvertently wrapped up in a situation where a young woman named Ni Yan (Gao Weiman) is in trouble on her own wedding day, accused of killing her brother after he assaulted her.

    Cheng quickly figures out that this isn't the case and that there's more to her story than meets the eye. In doing so, he puts aside his work in order to take down those who would set up Ni yan and see that justice is served not for pay, but for personal reasons.

    The plot does get needlessly complicated in a few spots, introducing more characters than it needs to, but the basics of the story are, if not especially deep, well-established and make for solid footing off of which to stage the action that follows. Xie Miao makes for a good lead, his effortlessly cool performance is solid and while, like with many of the films that came before this one, it can be a bit tough to really believe that a blind man would move and fight the way that he does in this movie, it never matters. The story pulls us in and allows us to suspend our disbelief without too much effort.

    Quick in its pacing at only seventy-seven minutes in length, Eye For An Eye is far from the first movie ever made about a blind swordsman - there are dozens of Japanese Zatoichi films and then the Rutger Hauer starring Blind Fury – so it would be foolish to go into this movie expecting things to be completely original, because they aren’t. That said, the film is ultra-stylish and really nicely shot, benefitting from some top notch cinematography and tense action set pieces. The editing is overdone, occasionally resorting to the type of ‘slow motion in the middle of a movie’ tactics that The Matrix made popular and that have plagued action films ever since, and some of the CGI is more than a little dodgy (the fire on display towards the end looks like something out of a ten year old video game) but the movie does entertain.

    Eye for An Eye: The Blind Swordsman – Blu-ray Review:

    Well Go USA presents Eye for An Eye: The Blind Swordsman on a 25GB Blu-ray disc, with the feature using 21.85Gbs of space, in an AVC encoded 1080p high definition transfer properly framed at 2.35.1 widescreen and it looks excellent. The digitally shot feature is pristine, just as you'd expect, while fine detail is excellent throughout. Color reproduction is great throughout, while skin tones look nice and lifelike and there are strong black levels as well. No complaints, the movie looks great on Blu-ray.

    Mandarin and English language options are offered in offered in 16-bit DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio options with removable subtitles offered up in English only. For review purposes, the movie was watched with the Mandarin DTS-HD mix, and it's quite strong. The action scenes make the most of the surround channels while there's decent LFE action present throughout. The score sounds strong without burying the performers while dialogue remains nicely balanced. Mandarin and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo tracks are also provided.

    Extras are limited to a trailer for the feature and trailers for a few other Well Go USA properties.

    Eye for An Eye: The Blind Swordsman - The Final Word:

    Eye for An Eye: The Blind Swordsman is a pretty entertaining action movie, even if it isn’t perfect. The Blu-ray release from Well Go USA looks and sounds really strong, though the lack of extras is a bit of a bummer. Still, for fans of stylish action movies, this has a lot going for it and is worth a watch.



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