Plot: What’s it about?
Dolph Lundgren turns out yet another solid action flick, which turned out to be much better than I expected. Lundgren (The Punisher, Rocky IV) plays a warrior who must choose between his superiors and a young girl who is being forced into marriage she wants to escape. The warrior is the perfect fighting and killing force, but even he has a humanist side, and he opts to help the girl escape her situation. But in doing so, he must face those who not only trained him, but saved his life by adopting him and taking care of him. Before he can truly overcome those forces, he will have to take on the powerful warlord himself, Ruechang (Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa). Bridge of Dragons was created for HBO, but it still stands it’s own merit as an action movie. Lundgren is always good in these roles, and he is as solid as ever here. Hiroyuki-Tagawa (Mortal Kombat) plays the evil warlord to perfection, and adds a cool antagonist to the story. Also giving a good turn is Rachel Shane who plays the innocent yet dangerous princess who Lundgren tries to save. The production values are good, showing no signs of budget issues at all. If you like action movies, you should give this movie a try, you just might like it. I did.
Video: How does it look?
Since the movie was created for cable, the movie appears on this disc in it’s original aspect of 1.33:1, or full frame. The framing looks good, and they pack a lot into the space. The transfer itself is good, with vibrant colors, correct black levels, and no compression issues to deal with.
Audio: How does it sound?
Being an action movie, your surrounds will get some work, although not as much as you might expect. During the high action scenes, you’ll notice them, but any other times, the audio stays in the front. Still, a nice track for this movie, and it is more than adequate. Dialogue is solid, with no problems I could notice.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Some brief talent files are the only bonus features included.