Triple Threat – Blu-ray Review

Triple Threat

If you’re a fan of martial arts films then chances are you’ve heard of the names Tiger Chen, Tony Jaa, and Iko Uwais. Seeing these three actors in the same film, though? Well, needless to say, that the excitement level should be pretty high. However, unlike The Expendables which goes all-in with the action and maybe, Triple Threat fails to excite even with these three amazing martial artists.

Listen, I’m all for character development and story but there needs to be a balance between action and story. Unfortunately, Triple Threat doesn’t know how to balance those two things. So don’t expect to see a lot of epic martial arts action between Chen, Jaa, and Uwais. Much of the film sees Chen and Jaa in a cat-and-mouse game against the enemy mercenaries that are after them.

Uwais… Well, Iko Uwais is just there. He isn’t the badass martial artist that you see from his other films. Instead, he gets beat up a lot. In fact, all three of them gets beat up a lot. Even when they team up to take down the enemy, they get defeated rather easily. It’s a shame to see the three of them in a film to such disappointing results.

Be that as it may, Tiger Chen and Tony Jaa have palpable chemistry together. Their friendship looks genuine and it looks like they have fun on and off-screen. The biggest surprise, though, is Tony Jaa. Jaa has never been so charismatic and he plays the role with a ton of energy. This is a performance that I’ve seen from him before and it’s quite refreshing.

Overall, Triple Threat is a disappointing action film. That wastes the talents of the three main stars. In addition, there isn’t a lot of memorable action scenes which justifies the lack of badassery from the stars. Hopefully, if they ever make a sequel to Triple Threat that the film fully showcases the phenomenal talents of Tiger Chen, Tony Jaa, and Iko Uwais.

Movie Rating: 2.5/5 atoms

Video
Triple Threat - Tony Jaa

Triple Threat hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC video transfer. First of all, the picture contrast is good as there’s a nice depth to the picture. However, the brightness level is quite high. As a result, there’s a lot of bloom and loss of detail in these bright areas. Also, because of the brightness, the black levels are a lighter shade of black. Thus, there’s not a lot of shadow detail loss.

The film’s limited and natural color palette doesn’t quite pop from the screen. There are several instances where the color correction changes from one scene to another. It’s the same setting but there is a noticeable color change between each scene. Regardless, the skin tones do look natural. The best part of the video transfer comes from the detail clarity. Even though this isn’t an Ultra HD release, the details look incredibly crisp on the edges. Overall, this is a good video transfer.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

Audio
Triple Threat - Iko Uwais

Triple Threat hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. The level of immersion in this audio mix is so impressive to listen to. Every gunshot, blood splatter, and explosion splashes through the soundstage with such precision. Not to mention, the atmospherics and music fill up the entire soundstage which adds another layer to this awesome mix. The dialogue can be clearly be heard despite the amount of action in the mix. Overall, this a fantastic and immersive audio mix.

Audio Rating; 5/5 atoms

Special Features
Triple Threat - Celina Jade and Tiger Chen

Triple Threat has the following special features on the Blu-ray:

  • Interview with the Cast
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Trailer

The interview with the cast featurette is simply a promotional video where the cast simply just rave about everyone in the cast and the locations they’ve shot in. Eventually, the cast talks about their characters but it’s nothing that’s too in-depth.

Special Features Rating: 1/5 atoms


Overall, Triple Threat is a decent actioner that could’ve been so much more. When you have Tiger Chen, Tony Jaa, and Iko Uwais in the same film, there’s a certain level of expectation that comes with it. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t reach that level of expectation. The video has its issues but it’s still a good transfer. The audio mix is absolutely phenomenal with its level of immersion. Unfortunately, the special features are really lacking.

Overall Rating: 3/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Well Go USA Entertainment.

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