1911: Fall Of The Last Empire

Featured In Issue 163, January 2012

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"1911" marks the milestone of Jackie Chan's 100th film, an epic tale of the "Fall Of The Last Empire." From the walls of the Forbidden City to the battlefields of China, the film details a key moment in modern Chinese history—the fall of the Qing Dynasty—and the violent rebellion that brought it down. With China split into warring factions and the starving citizens beginning to revolt, the ruling Qing court is building a powerful army to quash any rebellion. Revolutionary leader Huang Xing (Chan) decides he must act before the Qing army becomes too powerful...and leads an increasingly desperate series of violent uprisings against the powerful Qing court. (Gary Reber)

Special features include six deleted scenes (HD 08:55), a behind-the scenes-featurette (SD 29:38), and two trailers.

The 1080p AVC picture is gorgeously natural in appearance! The tone faithfully communicates an epic historical event with a perfectly natural color palette. Hues are rich and warm with, at times, a slight filtering effect to create atmospheric warmth. At times hues are bold, such as the display of reds. Black levels are excellent with deep, solid tones. Contrast is also excellent, with revealing shadow delineation throughout. Huang Wei's cinematography is wonderful and perfectly communicates with amazing resolution that reveals fine detail in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Dimensionality is excellent. This is a spectacular visual experience that is absolute reference quality! (Gary Reber)

The Mandarin Chinese DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is spectacular, especially during the fighting scenes, with aggressively directionalized surround envelopment that puts one in the midst of the battlefields. Atmospherics and sound effects also are well produced, with impressive low-level nuance and prominent presence throughout the soundfield. The .1 LFE channel is engaged appropriately to enhance battle events with tremendous transient attack and deep sub-25 Hz response. The music score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends effectively into the surrounds. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially and projects dimensional qualities. This is a fantastic soundtrack experience that sounds dynamic, with excellent fidelity and aggressive holosonic® surround envelopment qualities. (Gary Reber)