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The Banquet (Blu-ray)

Released on 03 May 2010

Featuring: Ziyi Zhang, Daniel Wu & Xun Zhou

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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Following in the footsteps of breathtaking martial arts extravaganza's House Of Flying Daggers and Curse Of The Golden Flower, the team behind multi-award winning smash Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon bring you this century's most astounding epic!

A spectacular, dazzling and bloody re-imagining of Shakespeare's legendary Hamlet, The Banquet is an epic tale of revenge, violence and betrayal.

Locked in a loveless marriage Empress Wan (Ziyi Zhang) is desperate to keep her forbidden love for Prince Wu Luan (Daniel Wu), from a family divided by cruelty and oppression. When the Emperor suddenly dies, his conniving younger brother Li takes up the throne forcing Wan to marry him. Convinced that this is the only way to protect all she loves from being destroyed by this new power hungry tyrant, Wan agrees.

But Wu Luan refuses to see his love snatched away through such evil, greed and deception. After repeated attempts on his life amid furious confrontations with the new Emperor's imperial assassins, Wu Luan resolves to return to the palace and take revenge for himself, his beloved and a nation in the grip of a murderous madman.

Featuring astonishing career-topping action from the infamous Yuen Wo Ping (Kill Bill, The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and a cast featuring some of Asia's most acclaimed cinema icons, The Banquet is like no other epic you have ever witnessed.

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 Visually stunning

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Unlike the DVD incarnation of this 2006 production the Blu-ray is in the proper 2.35 aspect for all of the 2 hour and 10 minute running time thats a full 5 minutes longer than its DVD counter-part and instead of the choice of digital stereo and 5.1 surround sound Blu-ray has DTS-HD master audio or digital stereo and the signal type is MPEG 4 AVC which shows this spectacular visual delight in the best light.

Everything about this film is impressive from the lighting to the costume design and all the departments in-between Zhang Yimou the man who gave us The House of Flying Daggers and Hero comes up trumps again with the Asian take on Shakespeares play Hamlet as with the bards story this movie is about the complex relationships and passionate characters.

The Banquet in 1080p resolution is a feast for the eyes with mind-boggling ballet like choreographed fight sequences which are interspersed with floods of crimson spatters of blood with deeply satisfying clangs of the swords and other weaponry coming from the surround speakers and dazzling landscapes which using everything from water being splashed by the running horses to the bright colours of the silk costumes to create the atmosphere of the piece.

For those who admire of Zhangs work (I count myself amongst them) the look and feel of The Banquet will not disappoint as it maintains the running themes of the previous movies stunning martial arts spectacular use of landscapes and costumes all this comes together and over loads the senses which looked impressive on DVD but now in its Blu-ray incarnation it tests both your system for sound and vision not to be missed if you are fan of this director highly recommended.

 SPECTACULAR - EVEN BETTER ON BLU RAY!!!

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This film is spectacular and breathtaking! Based loosley on Hamlet, The Banquet is an epic tale of revenge, violence and betrayal.

Ziyi Zhang is wonderful as usual and the chhoreography ios dazzling!

It's amazing how director Feng Xiaogang can go from one of the best war movies made in recent times 'Assembly' to a great martial arts / love story in The Banquet!!

FIVE STARS!!

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ActorsZiyi Zhang, Daniel Wu, Xun Zhou, You Ge, Ma Jing-Wu, Xiaoming Huang, Zhonghe Zhou, Zeng Qiusheng, Xu Xiyan, Liu Yanbin, Ma Lun, Xiang Bin & Chunyu Zheng
DirectorFeng Xiaogang
Certificate15 years and over
Year2006
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesMandarin - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish
Duration2 hours and 10 minutes (approx)