Plot: What’s it about?
At the end of The Bride with White Hair, we were left with some unanswered questions, which pointed toward a potential sequel. This is that sequel of course and since I don’t want to ruin the suspense for anyone, I won’t talk about the specifics of this storyline, as it could spoil the first film for first timers and I wouldn’t want that. This film picks up right where the original leaves off, so those answered questions are looked at, rest assured. Of course, some characters return to continue their stories and also, some new faces pop in to keep things fresh. So while I won’t go into detail as far as the storyline here, expect it to follow similar paths as the original film, with some new twists and turns tossed in, to keep it all honest. I love how well the two pictures fit together, forming one single storyline, as opposed to two isolated, but connected ones. This was a good choice in the case of this sequel, since it followed such a strong movie, to start with.
So does this sequel live up to the standards set by the original? I think The Bride with White Hair 2 comes very close, but falls a shade short of the original flick. But that doesn’t mean this is a bad movie, as it is quite good and stands up very well, but the original was a true masterpiece and that made it hard for this film to compare. The storyline is well written and unfolds in a solid manner, with no real problem points to discuss. The returning characters seem to be fluid in terms of consistency, while the new performers mesh well, so no speed bumps to report in that realm. The visuals keep pace and once again, the production design is outstanding and that goes a long way here, to be sure. The film is directed by Ronny Yu (The Phantom Lover, The Bride with White Hair) and David Wu (Spy Games), but the dual helming scheme never falters, the film is cohesive and always seems to be well directed, in my opinion. If you liked the original film, then this offers more of the same and as such, comes highly recommended. This title wasn’t given the same treatment as the original, but this disc is still great, by standard edition rules.
Video: How does it look?
The Bride with White Hair is presented in a 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. As always, an anamorphic edition would have been welcome, but this treatment still offers a great experience. A little edge enhancement is obvious at times, but the image looks strong also, with a cleaner than expected print used. The colors are bright and vibrant, with no bleeds to speak of, while flesh tones look just as they should, whether natural or otherwise. Just as smooth is the contrast, which has deep, rich black levels and no visible detail loss to report. I’d love to have this flick in an anamorphic transfer, but even as it stands, this visual presentation should please fans.
Audio: How does it sound?
This release is loaded with audio options, with 2.0 surround tracks in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English all included. As usual, I recommend the original Cantonese language track and since I don’t speak that dialect, I enable the English subtitles. I don’t think anyone will be let down by the audio here, as the surrounds see plenty of use, to be sure. As was the case with the original film, the soundtrack here is quite immersive and kicks when it needs to, leaving me with no real complaints. The dialogue is clean and crisp also, with no volume errors to discuss.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some talent files, as well as theatrical trailers.