Dragons and witches and Keanu Reeves... oh my!
"47 Ronin" arrives on Blu-ray and I’m not sure what kind of audience will be interested in a film based on an event from the 18th century involving samurais. Tanking upon its release late last year, the word "reimagining" gets thrown around a lot on the Blu-ray when the filmmakers discuss the Reeves-starring vehicle.
While the film looks beautiful (its initial release was in 3D and included here too), ultimately "47 Ronin" is a shallow re-creation of history with incessant CGI.
The real question is whether the special features make up for such a tepid film. With five such features on the Blu-ray, the answer is a resounding no. Four deleted scenes don’t add much to an already-convoluted story, and the remaining four bonus materials are basically promo segments.
"Keanu & Kai" shows Reeves practicing his samurai moves and, say what you will about his acting ability (wooden as ever in "47 Ronin"), the man worked his ass off during the film’s production. You can see this too in the featurette entitled "Steel Fury: The Fights of 47 Ronin." Reeves does know how to swing a sword.
In "Re-Forging the Legend," producers, actors, and director Carl Rinsch harp on the re-imagining aspect of the film. That’s all the more apparent with "Myths, Magic & Monsters", a look at the over-involved special effects. You’ll see why "47 Ronin" was such an expensive take on a historical tale.
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