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The Children of Huang Shi is a very well told, finely acted and all around beautiful looking film by director Roger Spittiswoode and his cinematographer Xiaoding Zhao.

 

 

The Children of Huang Shi
— The Limited Edition Series —

(2008)

Genre(s): Drama, War
Twilight Time | R – 125 min. – $29.95 | July 17, 2018

Date Published: 07/21/2017 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Writer(s): James MacManus and Jane Hawksley (written by)
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, David Wenham
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 36.9 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


In 1930s China, British journalist George Hogg (JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS), an American nurse named Lee (RADHA MITCHELL) and a Chinese partisan leader named Chen (CHOW YUN FAT) join together to rescue 60 orphans. Together, they lead the children on an amazing but dangerous journey over snow-covered mountains and harsh desert terrain in search of a safe haven.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.5/5


This comes with an 8-page booklet. The only features included are The Challenge of Huang Shi (11:48; SD) making-of featurette and the Original Theatrical Trailer (1:52; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 3.75/5


The film makes its debut on Blu-ray where it is presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. As with most Twilight Time releases, it’s likely little if any restoration was done, not that it necessarily needed it being it’s only a decade old. Even so, the rich (and gritty) locale comes across rather nicely with good detail throughout and does appear mostly clean.

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track (as well as a 2.0 option) which is fine, outputting clear enough dialogue levels primarily through the center speaker and there are some ambient noises that do give the track some modest depth.


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, The Children of Huang Shi is a very well told, finely acted and all around beautiful looking film by director Roger Spittiswoode and his cinematographer Xiaoding Zhao. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time offers up good video and audio transfers and a so-so selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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