Once Upon A Time In China centers on the exploits of martial artist and doctor Master Wong Fei-hung (Li) who finds himself in trouble when he tries, in vain, to stop Western culture from influencing traditional chinese ways. Wong
Despite anamorphic treatment by Columbia TriStar, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits soft, smeared images. Detail, at times, can be nicely rendered. Colors touch oversaturation, with fleshtones appearing a bit orange, while, othertimes, hues are weak, with poor blacks. Contrast is a bit low, limiting detail. Overall, the picture appears quite hazy. Edge enhancement tops off the picture with a digital, ghostly edge. (Suzanne Hodges)
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