In "The Swordsman," after failing to protect and prevent the downfall of the King, the best swordsman in Joseon (Hyuk), blinded in the coup, leaves and lives in seclusion with his daughter in the mountains. His daughter seeks to find a treatment for him. When she is captured and taken away by a slave trader, he has no choice but to unsheathe his sword once more. (Gary Reber)
Special features include upfront previews.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent with a very natural color palette and no exaggeration, except for instances of purple and blood reds. Fleshtones appear natural. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks on the robes and hats of the nobles. Shadows are revealing and white level highlights are rendered in natural lighting. Resolution is revealing of fine textural detail throughout. The imagery is clean, especially during shots of wide vistas. This is a fine visual experience with haunting imagery. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel Korean soundtrack is dynamic sounding with robust surround energy that fully envelops the soundfield and is often aggressive with sound effects. The orchestral score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage, as well as aggressive surround extension. Bass extension in the music is powerful and rhythmic. Atmospherics are natural sounding throughout. The sound effects associated with sword blades are realistic and accentuated, as well as thunder and rain, and rifle fire. The sword fights have sounds of blade hitting blade, accompanied with panning and discrete placement. The Korean dialogue is rendered cleanly along with English subtitles. This is an effective holosonic® soundtrack presentation. (Gary Reber)