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A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop
review by Zach B.
MPAA Rating: R (Some Violence)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Starring: Sun Hoglei, Xiao Shenyang, Yan Ni, In Dahong, Cheng Ye, Mao Mao, Zhao Benshan
Screenplay by: Xu Zhengchao, Shi Jiaquan
Based on the motion picture "Blood Simple"
Directed by: Zhang Yimou
Retail Price: $38.95
Features: Creating A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop, Theatrical Trailer
Widescreen 1080p High Definition, Chinese DTS-HD Master Audio
5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene
Selections (16 Scenes)
Released: February 1st,
Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop"
is presented in a 1080p high definition transfer, with an aspect ratio
of 2.40:1. This is another visual stunner from Zhang Yimou, and this
transfer does not disappoint. Colors are warm and bright, especially
the jade greens and reds. Detail is superb, especially the threads you
can see on the costumes and designs within the sets. Fleshtones look
accurate, and the film also really shines in exterior shots of the
orange landscapes. The image itself is mostly clean too, althought
there is some shimmering. The picture quality is very sharp here, and
it's impossible to be anything but drawn in.
"A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop"
is presented in a Chinese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. One thing is clear: this track is loud.
The more action-packed aspects of the movie are incredibly discrete, be
it swords swinging, gunfire and explosions. Sound effects such as
horses galloping and even characters putting items on furniture make an
impression. The sounds do have bombast at times, and as a result, that
.1 LFE does its job well. Dynamic range is excellent, and dialogue is
always clear and easy to hear. When called for, this can be a pretty
English subtitles are included.
The center piece is Creating A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop.
Essentially a series of behind-the-scenes footage focusing on different
aspects of the production, when taken together they pieces total 2
hours. For an overview of making a movie like this, it can be
interesting: there are your usual pieces that focus on the actors, the
script, casting and the director. But there are also pieces on the
actors challenging themselves on the set, the first day of shooting,
the styling of the costumes, dancing and make-up and much more. Some of
these mini-documentaries are better than others, and since a lot of it
is edited footage from the set and production, it can be dry at times.
It was smart to present each topic as a small morsel, so for those who
want to learn more about the movie — or just one aspect over the other
— can take it in bit by bit.
Also included is the film's Theatrical Trailer.
have to hand it to Zhang Yimou: it takes a certain audacity to remake a
Coen Brothers movie, let alone make it into something very unexpected.
Not all of "A Gun, A Woman and A Noodle Shop" works, but you have to
admire Yimou making this movie his own. The film is gorgeous and sounds
wonderful on Blu-ray, and the 2 hours worth of on-the-set footage and
interviews gives a well-rounded overview of the film. The movie will be
best enjoyed by those who are familiar with "Blood Simple." With that
in mind, this is worthy of a rental for novelty's sake.