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Prepare for the ultimate in hard-hitting action and excitement as four Kung-Fu classics high-kick their way onto Blu-ray High Definition as part of the The Ultimate Force of Four Box Set, arriving in stores September 15, 2009, from Miramax Home Entertainment. This must own box set includes stunning new Blu-ray transfers of the martial arts masterpieces Hero, Iron Monkey, The Legend of Drunken Master and Zatoichi. Experience each film’s dazzling fight sequences and death-defying stunts with truly immersive high definition picture and sound that’ll put you smack in the middle of the action. Each Kung-Fu classic also steps up on Blu-ray with slick fighting moves, including revealing bonus features that will take fans behind its production.
New to Blu-Ray comes The Ultimate Force of Four, a box set containing four films that should be familiar to any fan of the kung-fu genre. Included are Hero, The Legend of Drunken Master, Iron Monkey, and The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi. All very different films, but all are classics in their own right.
If you are considering picking up this set, odds are that you are already familiar with all of these films. Starring legends of the genre such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li, etc. these films are a great showcase for the amazing martial arts and stunt work for which they are known.
Unfortunately, the Blu-Rays don’t have all that much to recommend beyond the films themselves. This is a pretty bare-bones set, and if you are looking for deep insight or behind-the-scenes information, you’re not going to get it. They all contain some brief interviews, a couple of quick behind-the-scenes features, and that’s about it. The picture is good, but nothing noteworthy. They don’t look all that different from their DVD releases, and there’s really nothing new on display.
Basically, you already know whether or not you want this set. You’re either a fan of the genre or not, and while it’s kind of neat to have all of these films in one place, there’s no real bonus to purchasing them in this box set.
Individual Blu-ray editions of these films will also be sold separately. The individual Blu-ray Edition of Hero includes a bonus Digital Copy (Please note: the Box Set version of Hero does not include a Digital Copy). Hero will also be available on a Special Edition DVD. Individual Blu-ray editions of Iron Monkey, The Legend of Drunken Master and Zatoichi will also be available. To experience Kung-Fu like never seen before with picture perfect quality and sound, buy one or buy them all this fall!