Movie Review: MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

MASTER Z: IP MAN LEGACY was helmed by legendary action director Yuen Woo-Ping from a screenplay by Edmond Wong and features a stellar cast that includes Max Zhang, Tony Jaa, Michelle Yeoh, Liu Yan, Xing Yu and Dave Bautista.

After his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi, makes a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. It’s not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.

This fourth installment/spin-off in the franchise follows Cheung Tin Chi (Max Zhang), a single father who ends up coming to the aid of Julia (Liu Yan) and her friend Nana (Chrissie Chau) when a local gang is harrassing them. This gets him him in big trouble with Tso Sai Kit (Kevin Cheng), the king pin who puts a hit out on Tin Chi who ends up having to fight his way out of a deadly ambush when the gang invades his own home. Tin Chi is able to escape with his son but their home is left in flames so he asks Julia for some help. Julia and her brother Fu (Xing Yu) give Tin Chi and his son a roof over their heads as well as a job at Fu’s bar.

The streets are filled with drugs and corruption and when it ends up crossing over into Tin Chi’s world, he decides to do something about it. It all points back to Tso Ngan Kwan (Michelle Yeoh), the leader of an organized crime family who’s vowed to go straight. So if she’s gone straight, then who’s behind the drugs? Well, Tin Chi and his son befriend Owen Davidson (Dave Bautista), a local restaurant owner who’s also operating a drug smuggling ring and he’s about as deadly as they come. What happens is, not only does Tin Chi have to confront and battle it out with Ngan Kwan but he finally discovers that his new friend is behind it all. Tin Chi goes after Owen in a violent battle royale where he gets a little last second assistance from Sadi (Tony Jaa).

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features a character from the movie. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Master Z: IP Man Legacy ended up being another exciting entry/spin-off in this long-running martial arts franchise that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. First of all, this movie is packed with a stellar cast of familiar faces that action fans all around the world will definitely recognize. Secondly, Master Z: IP Man Legacy is maxed out with some edge of your seat action scenes that include well-choreographed martial arts and stunts. Usually, when a franchise makes it to the third or fourth sequels it begins to slow down or completely fizzle out but this one here is one of the best action movies I’ve seen recently. It has a good story, interesting characters and an insane amount of action which makes this fourth entry in the IP Man franchise a hit. Max Zhang is fun to watch as the likable hero and Dave Bautista sells it as the merciless big brawler. Master Z: IP Man Legacy is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 108 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition q6x9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Cantonese and Mandarin Dolby Atmos / English and French (Dub) DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: Cantonese and Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 / English and French (Dub) Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English, Mandarin and French

Special Features: The extras include a Behind-the-Scenes featurette and trailers.

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