Took delivery of this today, after Edko snuck it out without much prior notice. I've been wanting to watch this film since it came out last year but as I live in the sticks I couldn't see it in the Cinema and there was no way I was going to download a nasty divx of a movie where part of the main appeal is its simply goregous sets. It was with some trepidation that I put the disk into my player this evening (after rushing the kids of to bed ) was I going to get another Hero or Crouching Tiger? Well, not quite, it is a good film, but it suffers a little in the pacing department as not enough happens in the right areas. Some of the fight scenes are a little weak as well, to short and my 3 year olds can hit harder than that. Its not got the fight scene repeatablility of something like crouching tiger or even the matrix. I do think the film will grow on you with repeat viewings, but its never going to be a critical master piece. Something the film and the dvd does excel at, is the simply draw dropping sets, from the opening brothel location to the bamboo fight location it is, one or two niggles over camera lens focus in a couple of scenes aside, reference material. It knocks hero into a cocked hat, lots of virbrant, bold but above all natural colours flawlessly transfered. I'm sure this disk will be my main system demo disk for some time to come. The sound (5.1 DTS & 5.1 DD) isn't as showy as on Hero, its much more subdued, let at the same time it manages to be expansive and a good test of how well intergrated your system is, esp. the sub. Do not expect anything like the over the top rain, wind or leaves from Hero. A word of caution, this film seems to be 30 frames per second NTSC (I think I got that right ) - the same as Hero, so if your player has problems with Hero (I think this is a progressive scan problem only) then you are going to have problems with this film - I had to set it to Auto 2 to get rid of some blurring that was apparent in fast moving scenes. I'm sure I'll get flamed for liking this film, I'm ok with that, but if you are going to flame me over picture quality, then please let me know what kit you are watching it on, and if you have calibrated it for audio & video with something like DVE or AVIA.