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Now On Blu-ray: Bone Tomahawk, Dragon Blade Lead New Releases

28 December 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Headlining Blu-ray releases in North America this week, Kurt Russell stars in the sneaky Bone Tomahawk, which looks very much like a Western until it reveals its full palette of colors. Our founder and editor Todd Brown wrote: "Though certainly not without its flaws, Bone Tomahawk very much succeeds in demonstrating the unique voice of its massively talented creator," namely, S Craig Zahler. Less surprising is the large-scale action in Dragon Blade, teaming Jackie Chan with John Cusack and Adrien Brody; our reviewer Loic Valcechini wrote that it "might offer thrilling fights and beautiful shots - thanks to Tony Cheung's photography and the marvelous scenery - but over-emphasised sentimentalism eventually becomes nauseous." (Note that this one actually released last week.) The newest attempt at a...

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Film Review: ‘Dragon Blade’

26 February 2015 4:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A sumptuously realized war epic about Romans getting embroiled in Chinese military and architectural shenanigans on the Silk Road, “Dragon Blade” plays as recklessly with classical history as “300” did, but is far less butch and bloody, treating East-West friction with as much ambassadorial goodwill as an Unesco fund-raising ball. Toplined by Jackie Chan, with John Cusack and Adrien Brody chipping in substantial screen time, the $65 million megahit flexes China’s Brobdingnagian filmmaking muscle and sees Hong Kong helmer-scribe Daniel Lee stepping up from a uneven portfolio to execute a colossal entertainment with solid technique and terrific storytelling smarts. Already slated for a U.S. release, the pic grossed $54.8 million domestically in four days, making it champion of the Chinese New Year blockbuster coliseum. International play may be less impressive, but the film will still be profitable on ancillary.

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