Chocolate (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

As her mother’s medical bills continue to mount, a young woman decides to do whatever it takes to make sure she is given the care she needs. A look inside one of her mother’s private diaries yields a list of debtors, who were involved in some shady dealings in the past. The daughter sets out to collect, with plans to use the collected funds to pay off the medical bills and keep her mother in the best possible health. When some of the debtors seem reluctant to cough up, the young woman puts her martial arts skills to use and gets the cash the hard way. As she pummels her way through the list of people from her mother’s past, will she stumble onto secrets that might be better left unknown?

I was interested in Chocolate based on the involvement of director Prachya Pinkaew, who also helmed the action epics Ong-Bak and The Protector. And from an action standpoint, Chocolate lives up to the reputation of those films and then some, with some of the most memorable set pieces in recent memory. I was dazzled by some of the martial arts and stunts on showcase, some of which are simply breathtaking. This is the real deal too, not computer generated or the like, which serves to make the feats all that more impressive. The story is basic and never tries to do more than be a foundation for the action, which works well and allows those scenes to shine. I do think some elements are derivative, but there is ample creative presence to be found. In short, Chocolate is a movie all actions fans should check out.

Video: How does it look?

Chocolate is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer looks great, with above average depth and detail, but isn’t quite in the upper tier of high definition titles. The image is clean and clear, with some scenes that pop off the screen, though not all look that impressive. The sole issue here is some minor noise in a couple scenes, but these concerns were small and didn’t distract at all. The colors look natural and contrast is spot on, while flesh tones are accurate as well. This looks great and I am sure all audiences will be pleased.

Audio: How does it sound?

The original Thai soundtrack is preserved in a DTS HD 5.1 option, which proves to be an awesome treatment. Of course, the action scenes are where the audio shines, with intense presence and powerful impact. A good fight sequence can be greatly enhanced by a skilled sound design, which is what we have here. But not just the action benefits, as the entire movie has solid presence and atmosphere. The dialogue is clear and never suffers, while the music is alive and well also. This disc also includes DTS HD 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 English tracks, a Dolby Digital 5.1 Thai option, and subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes a brief behind the scenes featurette.

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