Sunday, October 2, 2011

Running Out Of Time Blu Ray Review

Running out of time is brought to blu ray by Kam and Ronson, whose record with older Hong Kong movie releases is poor. The releases of some more recent movies have fared better and I was intrigued to see how a 12 year old title would fare. The good news is, this release is a significant improvement on the myriad of dvd releases from around the world, and while hardly demo material the image quality is worthy of the upgrade. It does have a couple of issues, the image is not completely consistent for the entire running time with occasional fluctuations in brightness and sharpness suggesting a cobbled together print was used. For the most part though the contrast and level of detail are hugely improved and a nice amount of fine grain is present. I would say it looked better than a cinema showing of the film I saw. The print does show signs of damage with speckles and scratches showing up occasionally but nothing too serious.

More than the image, the sound benefits most from the upgrade, Raymond Wong's wonderful score finally sounds as magical as it always should have on the Cantonese Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack. On previous dvd releases the sound has been poor, even on the Mei Ah DTS remaster, here though it sounds rich and deep allowing the music, so pivotal to the film, to breathe.

The subtitles are not so great, they do the job but there are the usual sloppy mistakes regarding spelling and grammar that could so easily have been corrected. There are zero extras included on the blu ray, not even the trailer! It's a shame they didn't get the rights to the Tai Seng audio commentary from the French writers included on the region 1 dvd release. If you are a fan of the film, I can almost guarantee you will be thrilled with this blu ray upgrade, so what are you waiting for?

My review of Running out of time can be found here


Phantom of Pulp said...

You nailed it. The audio is a massive improvement, and the closest we'll get to hearing the score this clearly.

Picture is better, yes, although there are a couple of issues, as you mentioned.

Fingers crossed for A HERO NEVER DIES BR.

A hero never dies said...

Phantom, I was actually surprised even after reading your comments just how good the audio is on this disc. I can't imagine how fucking excited I'd be if the A Hero never dies disc ever happened, I don't think my brain could actually take it!

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