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91






Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, Jang Dong Gun, Tony Cox, Ti Lung
Written & Directed by: Sngmoo Lee
Music by: Javier Navarrete
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 28, 2011







"East meets West"



Film Synopsis:

After a lifetime of training in swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat, the world's most dangerous fighter (Jang Dong Gun) flees his homeland to start a new life in the American West. But soon the hunter becomes the hunted, and now the legendary warrior must wage a fierce, all-out battle against a renegade gang of outlaws and pack of murderous assassins from his own past.



My Take:

I find that film's like The warrior's way usually find appeal with a select group who have the tolerance for repetitively mindless action and thoroughly contrived storytelling. As an action film fan I try to go into them with an open mind that favors action over plotline and hope for likeable characters that enliven the proceedings. This genre clash of martial arts and American western lore is as cliché filled as they come and features the lone warrior (gunman if you prefer) that is on the run from his past and comes to a sleepy western town hoping to start fresh and remain hidden. There he meets and befriends those who are in need of a savior to protect them from the villain that stalks them. He finds romance, friendship and inspires them. Ultimately he must confront his past while protecting his new found friends from its perils. The warriors way certainly isn't meant to be taken literally on either side of its genre lines. It is most definitely over the top and has a distinctive video game type feel at times. The action is slick although one sided in that it decidedly leans toward martial arts (which works within the narrative's construct). The film's paper thin plot delivers as one would expect but engages via a surrealistic visual platform that has its moments.

Jang Dong Gun's stoically inspired leading man is a perfect companion to the speaks softly but carries the deadliest samurai sword good guy role. The very reliable Danny Huston is dead on as the western heavy and Ti Lung in a martial arts movie is always a good thing. I didn't find Kate Bosworth's southern accent very convincing but she gets lots of close-ups so I let it slide. Geoffrey Rush is among my favorite character actors but I am not so sure he was the right fit here. That isn't to suggest that his performance was less than what you would expect from him though. Regardless his presence added some much needed credibility to the cast. So what does The warrior way have going for it? Ample high flying, slow motion, martial arts blood letting/interplay, slickly infused visuals and a relatively well placed cast. On the down side it comes wrapped in an overtly cliché ridden narrative that can be looked at as either cleverly satirical or untenably contrived. I see it as the former and opted to kick back and take it for what it was worth. In that light it got a higher rating than it would have otherwise and didn't make for a terrible way to spend and hour and a half.








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AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 94



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Video: 88


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The warriors way comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 32 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 Mbps.

This film intentionally uses a variety of visuals to convey the director's vision. Filtering is applied to create the chromatic aesthetic that represents the mood of select sequences throughout the presentation. The opening scenes are limited to shades of dark blue, gray and black with splashes of crimson red and reserved levels of contrast. When things shift to the western town the contrast gets a boost and the color range favors sepia tones and lifelike complexions. Flashback sequences lean more toward neutral colors and balanced contrast. Littered throughout are instances of enriched stages of color and purposeful stylization that set the thematic tone. The effects aren't always natural but work well. Whites are detailed with bright highlights and blacks are fairly deep with acceptable gradational quality in shadows and darkened areas. Images are cleanly rendered with very good to excellent detail that is easily discernible in close ups and mid-level distant camera shots. This film is shot almost exclusively against green screen backgrounds. Long range visuals aren't definitively resolved which affected depth perception during wide angle camera shots but I didn't find it to be a problem. The video isn't always razor sharp, but in all but a few instances, it consistently had defining structure and enriching clarity.

The high resolution DTS-HD MA audio is of reference quality and delivers the soundtrack's elements with aplomb. The high fidelity inherent in this lossless sound mix is readily apparent. Dynamic range is extended which rendered the film's action based sequences with definitive impact and energy. Dialogue is presented with clear intonation, full bodied texture, and excellent room penetration. The sounds of blazing guns, swirling objects and clashing swords are reproduced with sparkling clarity. Imaging is excellent as sounds are integrated with precision in an active surround mix that intelligently utilizes the entire system. During the fight sequences the listening position becomes immersed in a mixture of spatial and localizable sound effects that place you within the heart of the action. Low frequency detail is clean, well articulated and authoritative as all points of contact seem to resonate with palpable bass impact. This isn't a bombastic or overtly aggressive soundtrack but it's blend of intricate detail and room filling dynamics make it a first rate home theater experience.



Bonus Features:


  • (HD) Behind the scenes montage - 2 minutes

  • 13 deleted scenes

  • Digital Copy Bonus Disc




Final Thoughts:

The warrior way is a genre blending martial arts action western that brings nothing new to either category. I didn't mind its purposefully cliché ridden plot, and enjoyed its high flying, slow motion, martial arts blood letting/interplay, and slickly infused visuals. If taken in more of a literal sense this would probably be a different film experience. Either way there is no denying the technical merits of its presentation on Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox. Its stylized visuals look terrific in high definition and the reference quality DTS-HD Master Audio sound rocks. This one could go either way so if your curious drop it in your rental queue and take it for a spin.









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Thanx Ralph for the heads up.
I never got a chance to see this at the theater and I was wondering if would be worth a spin.

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WTF? Kate Bosworth is in this? She sure does make some interesting choices in the roles she chooses.

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horrible movie. I dont see how this got 91 scores.
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Another pass for me.
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horrible movie. I dont see how this got 91 scores.

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FYI - The 91 is an audio/video rating only. I rated it 3 out of 5 for film, although I am sure you would find that too high as well.

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It's been released over here in another few I'll definitely looks very interesting.

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I was completely unaware of this film until reading your review, Ralph.

Looks like this one is worthy of a rental at least. Always nice to have a surprise disc you never knew existed pop up out of nowhere, especially when it happens to be a solid disc with great A/V!

I'll chime in with my impressions after I have a chance to watch it.

Thanks, great review as usual Ralph.

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I may have to give this one a rental. I have heard at least fairly decent things about Warrior's Way and now to hear it has reference audio makes me want to give it a rent even more. Thanks for the review on this one Ralph.
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Great action flick although i though the story was a bit too slow paced for me. 91? Hhmmm....
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any chance the 3d version will be out too?
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This movie was in 3d?
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Greetings,

FYI - The 91 is an audio/video rating only. I rated it 3 out of 5 for film, although I am sure you would find that too high as well.

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my bad. yes i do like the sounds and visual.
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I saw this film at the theater, and I had high hopes for this martial-arts western. Visually, there were moments that lived up to my expectations, but in the end I was left a little bored by the plot. The story telling seemed to drag on longer than necessary, and there was too much dead time in between the action scenes.

The CGI seemed a little cartoonish overall, but it actually worked for this film. Some of the action scenes were pretty cool! If you are a fan of action films, I'd definitely recommend a rental. It's worth checking out at least once...
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I liked it!...not enough to buy it but it went great with popcorn.
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Great action flick although i though the story was a bit too slow paced for me. 91? Hhmmm....

I enjoyed this one as well, but you're right, it was a little slow at times.

And Ralph is correct, Kate's southern accent was laughable, but at least she looked good while doing it.

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And Ralph is correct, Kate's southern accent was laughable, but at least she looked good while doing it.

That was the compromise her bad southern accent vs her eye candy. lol!
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I liked it!...not enough to buy it but it went great with popcorn.

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Not sure if it was low expectations but I thought it was rea lly well done. A little slow but I cared for the characters  and it all made sense. Was it a great movie? No, but MANY bi g name Hollywood movies can not even deliver on this level.  Reminded me of a Zach Snyder movie but with a little more se nsibility.

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I thought it was a visually exciting movie, short on story but good to look at;
did anyone see" Sukiyaki Western Django" --kinda like that but with a Zach Synder type look
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Rented it last night and it was pretty bad ass. The middle was a bit slow, but like someone said, you end up caring for the characters.

The fight scenes were bad ass and worth the price of admission on their own.

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Its a damn shame what they did to that dog. Its funny how we can see humans sliced and diced without any remorse....but kill a cute little puppy and it sticks you in the gut.
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I found this movie more enjoyable than the generally unfavorable reviews it was given (then again I am a Samurai junkie).

It was visually excellent by any standards, I believe and there was also some good LFE moments.
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I really enjoyed this one--kind of a kind of a "man with no name" with a sword. The AQ/PQ was excellent just as Ralph described. I got this from Netflix but may even consider buying it if the price is right. The movie is probably not for everyone, but neither was Sucker Punch--another movie I really loved.

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Watched this last night and thought it was a quirky and entertaining fantasy - a send-up of several genres. Haven't seen Kate Bosworth since Superman Returns and after the initial surprise of seeing her in this film (sorry Ralph I missed your review on this ) I thought she settled into the role quite nicely and did well with the action bits. Danny Huston ate up the scenery and Geoffrey Rush was okay but underutilized. My first exposure to Jang Dong Gun and thought he was good. If someone had told me that this was directed by Zack Snyder I would have believed them, although I enjoyed this movie a good deal more than Sucker Punch which I am still scratching my head over.

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