Hero Special Edition

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  • HERO: SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY (BLU-RAY DISC)

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Master filmmaker Quentin Tarantino presents HERO — starring martial arts legend Jet Li. This standout Special Edition, remastered and including an exciting new bonus feature, is a visually stunning epic where a fearless warrior rises up to defy an empire and unite a nation. With supernatural skill — and no fear — a nameless soldier (Jet Li) embarks on a mission of revenge against the fearsome army that massacred his people. Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, h… More >>

Hero Special Edition

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5 Comments
  1. I’m quite happy the DVD’s primary language is English, and I support the film maker by buying the product. It’s no slant to anyone that the primary language is English, because America’s primary language IS English. If you want to hear the movie in Mandarin, you may do so with the press of a button. Buy the DVD, support the film maker, and enjoy this great film, in English, or Mandarin!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Amazing film… a little slower paced than many of the other “martial arts” movies of its era, but flawless in its delivery. Some of the most beautiful cinematography I have ever seen. Elegant, fluid, poignant… We need more movies like this! A must have for any movie lover
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Some of these reviews made me laugh out loud, they were so ludicrous. Yes, I’m a techno-nerd too, with reference-quality A/V gear. But most of these hapless reviewers are really missing the point. By a mile. If I took this attitude, I’d never go to see a film again, listen to a concert or ever buy another BluRay. Get over it, guys and – by the way – FYI the vast majority of surround sound systems suck anyway- as anyone with the merest knowledge of phsychoacoustics could attest.

    So, let’s get down to basics and the things that do actually matter. My wife (who is Chinese) and I sat down in front of our Kuro Reference and had a great time. We listened to the ‘lowly’ 5.1 Putonghua track, of course, and were not bothered one whit.

    This is a great wushu epic with charismatic actors, stunning locations, decent CGI and – above all- fabulous cinematography.

    And the transfer to BluRay is decent. Not great, but way, way better than the ham-fisted debacle that was ‘Flying Daggers’.

    What more do you want?

    Lighten up, guys!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. By bringing HERO to American audiences, Quentin Tarantino and Miramax allow us to see a movie that is essentially a perfect example of its genre. Director Zhang Yimou (CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER) creates a sweeping epic that combines excellent action sequences, an engaging story of heroism and love, and aesthetic brilliance. The story follows a nameless warrior (Jet Li) on his quest to assassinate the fearsome king of Qin who destroyed his family. The king is attempting to unite the seven warring states of China but has made many enemies in the conquered lands. To protect against assassination attempts, no one is allowed within 100 paces of the ruler. The nameless warrior must get within ten paces though to execute a move that is guaranteed to kill his foe. To gain access to the king, the warrior brings the weapons of three great assassins, Sky (Donnie Yen), Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), and Broken Sword (Tony Leung). The story of how the warrior acquired the weapons and of his true intentions is slowly revealed, and then he must decide the fate of the king and of a united China.

    HERO is defined by its visual brilliance. It is a sequence of one beautiful picture after another. From sweeping desolate vistas, to lush wilderness, to the grandeur of the King’s palace, each of the movies’ scenes is characterized by its own landscape and colors. In one fight scene between Flying Snow and Moon (Zhang Ziyi), a forest blanketed with golden yellow autumn leaves is perfectly complemented by the rich reds of the characters’ robes. In another, Li and Leung battle on a perfectly still lake surrounded by misty peaks. Every landscape used is stunning in its natural beauty, and the film’s color palette is rich and complex. Windswept empty moonscapes are contrasted with the sequenced multitudes of the King’s Palace (think Bejing Opening Ceremonies). HERO as a film becomes a lesson in visual harmony and balance.

    HERO is also an action movie, though not in a “beat them up” kind of way. While there is no lack of martial arts in this film, including an amazing, and long awaited, scene reuniting Jet Li and Donnie Yen, the martial arts are very balletic with an emphasis on wirework. The result is a flowing action that compliments the visual beauty and story of the film. HERO is a subtle and harmonious blend of action, story, and cinematography with no aspect overshadowing another. The balance of HERO is further augmented by a lovely score featuring violinist, Itzhak Pearlman and traditional drummers, Kodo.

    HERO is a film that immerses the viewer in its vision and world. It is a movie to be absorbed by the senses and to be fully experienced moment by moment. It addresses issues of loyalty, love, and the true nature of heroism while it entertains with stunning displays of martial arts. It made me better recognize and appreciate the beauty in the natural world and in the human spirit.

    HERO is a rare film in that it is perfect within itself. It is quite simply, great art.

    For the Blu-ray release, Miramax is including a digital copy of the film to allow viewers to play the movie on the go via their computer. There are a couple of documentaries, including a nine minute “Close-Up of a Fight Scene,” interviews with Quentin Tarantino and Jet Li, a storyboard section comparing the film’s storyboards to that of the finished product and a twenty-four minute making of featurette “HERO Defined” where director Zhang Yimou gives insight into some of the challenges the cast and crew faced filming in such remote areas of China. Overall, the bonus features are exactly what one would expect and provide informative insight into the making of this epic.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. The Story line of the movie is good. I didn’t realize that I had seen this movie before. Still, it was nice to see it on blue ray.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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