Movie Review: OPERATION RED SEA (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

OPERATION RED SEA (Hong hai xing dong) was directed by Dante Lam from a screenplay by Ji Feng and stars Zhang Yi, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing, Du Jiang, Jiang Luxia, Yin Fang, Wang Yutian and Simon Yam.

Set amid militant unrest in a fictional Middle Eastern country, it tells the stories of a ship’s crew and an assault team as they rescue Chinese citizens and foreign refugees, resolving a potential nuclear crisis along the way. When a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials is hidden under the cover of a violent coup, only the Chinese Navy’s elite Jiaolong (Sea Dragon) Assault Team have the deadly skill and precision needed to take on the situation. A massive box office hit, the film is China’s first modern naval film and a celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the party’s 19th National Congress.

Operation Red Sea follows this elite group of soldiers that go into hostile territory in a foreign land to take down a sinister terrorist threat before it carries out its destructive plans. There’s also a couple of civillians that help out on this dangerous mission as they all go in to rescue some hostages as well as take out the enemy. What they discover when they start contronting the terrorists is that the mission isn’t going to go as planned and they all end up getting separated and find out that they’re severely outnumbered in their fight. Now that the group is broken up into small numbers, the soldiers continue to fight and try to stop any hostile attack from their enemy. In the end, this brave group of soldiers are able to complete their mission and stop the terrorist threat but it doesn’t come without sacrifice.

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 also features its own individual artwork. 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, Operation Red Sea was one of the most exciting war movies that I’ve witnessed in a long time. The action-packed adventure takes place in present day and deals with this elite military group that takes on a terrorist organization that has a sinister plan that has already been put in motion. The story was interesting because it deals with hot topics we see in the headlines and the director did a great job capturing the heavy emotions and brutal intensity that this movie possesses. The locations were all spot on for the story and so were the impressive addition of ships, weapons and artillery – because there’s plenty! The movie features some impressive action scenes and stunts that look so realistic so needless to say there’s some impressive special effects used. There’s also some graphic violence that holds nothing back when it comes to blood and gore so just be warned, this isn’t for the faint of heart. This movie is the Chinese equivalent to U.S. classics like Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down and is a must watch for any war movie fan. Operation Red Sea will make its U.S. debut when it arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack on July 24th.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 139 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Mandarin DTS-X / Mandarin DTS Headphone:X / Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: Chinese and English

Special Features: The extras include eight deleted scenes, a short teaser, two Chinese trailers and the U.S. trailer.


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