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"The Man with the Iron Fists" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

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 that you couldn't see in theaters.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Not Rated, 1 Hrs 36 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p, MPEG-4 AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and RZA
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: implied, but no nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Tarantino's name is evoked to make you think that this movie is going to be"fun" like Kill Bill, but it is only "presented by"…not "produced by". So in spite of high production values and a few big named stars (including a rather rotund Crowe), the story is part silly, part serious, with a lot of action. Ultimately, it all caves in with a thin plot line. At 1 hour and 10 minutes into the film, I started looking at my watch. This movie really did take too long to get to the point. RZA (apparently  some hip hop star)  fancies himself a movie director. Actaully, he loves Kung Fu movies and talked someone into funding this endevour. His music during some fights scenes really hurt the feel of the movie by using the "M*F*" and "N" words. Unfortunately, this really pulls you out of the film. RZA also mumbles his lines. In reality, he actually does mumble alot in his interview (he really needs to work on his articulation). Beware of films that self proclaim that they are "epic"…because they usually are NOT.

Technical

 

Picture and sound are both top notch. Wonderful details can be seen in the intricate costumes and set pieces. The fight sequences are well choreographed, but nothing we haven't seen before. Every thud, punch and explosion comes across with great clarity and impact. The low end is quite prominent throughout the film, so you can really show off your sub woofer to your friends. Too bad the movie plot wasn't up to these same standards.

 

Extras

The extras are a bit tight fisted with only: Deleted Scenes, A Path to the East, A Look Inside The Man with the Iron Fists, On the Set with RZA.