PictureColour of the Loyalty has a strong and detailed 1.78:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. Although not quite as good as you would expect from such a recent release - with such a high bit-rate - it is still mostly excellent. The softness is only occasional, as is the sporadic light grain and there is no sign of edge enhancement or other digital artefacts. The detail is good overall, with particular clarity on face-shots and the colour palette - whilst sometimes slightly faded - is mostly blessed by that familiar Infernal Affairs green-blue clinical tint, giving it a nice edge. The blacks are also solid and the transfer is generally good.
SoundColour of the Loyalty also gets two solid tracks in its original Cantonese language - a DTS 5.1 and a Dolby Digital 5.1 effort, along with a dubbed Mandarin alternative in Dolby 5.1. Again the DTS variation manages to take the lead, but the tracks are all largely good in quality. The vocals are presented solidly from the fronts and centre speakers and the occasional effects - whether footsteps or gunshots - all offer some fuel for the surrounds. The music soundtrack is one of the better I have come across in Asian thrillers recently, largely avoiding Hong Kong ballads in favour of a subtle score that perfectly suits the mood. It even prompts some nice bass action from time to time. Overall the two main original language mixes are both solid efforts, the DTS - as always - having the slight edge in terms of power. There are also both traditional and simplified Chinese subtitles, along with the aforementioned terrible English ones.
ExtrasIn the way of extras all we get are two theatrical trailers - only one of which has English subtitles and both of which give away the end scene - and a 'databank' of merely listing the lead cast and crew members and summarising the story.
VerdictColour of the Loyalty, despite its jumbled title and some awful subtitles, is a thoroughly enthralling new crime thriller. More Godfather than Infernal Affairs, it offers some interesting variations on the standard theme and brings together an older generation stalwart like Eric Tsang with a potentially new Chow Yun-Fat, Shawn Yue. If you like your thrillers then this is well worth your time, with a great picture and a good soundtrack. It is only marginally let down by the lack of extras but it is seriously affected by the poor subtitling. Apart from that, I wholeheartedly recommend this release.
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