Raging Fire – Blu-ray Review

Raging Fire

When I reviewed the film in August, I said Raging Fire was “one part Hard Boiled, one part Police Story, and two parts Infernal Affairs. All of it leads to a total action extravaganza that also leaves you at the edge of your seat.” After another viewing of the flick, my thoughts on the film remain the same. Hong Kong cinema has always been a swiss-army knife of genres and themes, and Raging Fire combines them exceedingly well. It’ll make you laugh, cry, tense up, and best of all, leave you breathless. For my original thoughts on the film, click here.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Raging Fire - Donnie Yen

Video

Raging Fire hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. For Raging Fire, Benny Chan utilizes a lot of harsh contrasts with his lighting setups. Thus, the white areas can get too bright to the point of it blooming. Fortunately, that’s not a result of the video transfer but from the source material. The same can be said of the shadows as well. They’re a deep black with no crush in these areas. Similar to the harsh contrast, Benny Chan also loves to play with color filters in his light sources. The result is a bold and colorful display of colors in this video presentation. The picture is also incredibly sharp and devoid of any noticeable film grain. Cases of banding permeate much of the film. However, most of the banding is visible within some of the transitional fades.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

Raging Fire - Nicholas Tse

Audio

Raging Fire hits Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Raging Fire‘s Dolby Atmos track. The audio mix is full of action that matches the chaos onscreen. The gunfire matches the positioning of whoever is shooting onscreen. Yet, much of Atmos’ life comes from the finale shootout between Bong’s men and Ngo’s band of robbers. Chaotic sounds of gunfire and breaking glass fill up the soundstage effectively and surround you from all sides. There aren’t as many immersive, atmospheric effects to speak of. However, Nicolas Errèra’s score takes much of that real estate up. His synth-heavy score is separated and sounds dynamic and rich-sounding throughout. The dialogue is well-prioritized in the center channel and is distinctly audible the whole time.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Raging Fire - Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse

Special Features

Raging Fire‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Making of
    • Behind the Scenes 1
    • Behind the Scenes 2
    • Donnie Yen: Commentary
    • Nicholas Tse: Commentary
  • Teaser
  • Trailer 1
  • Trailer 2
  • U.S. Trailer

The first behind-the-scenes vignette is nothing but a montage of before-and-after visual effect shots of the final shootout between the Hong Kong police and Ngo’s men. The second part is a similar montage, but it’s a montage for the dirt bike chase sequence. Donnie Yen’s commentary features Donnie Yen talking about his relationship with Benny Chan and intertwined is behind-the-scenes montages of Yen at work. As you can imagine, the Nicholas Tse commentary is strictly the same.

Special Features Rating: 1/5 atoms


Overall, Raging Fire is the late Benny Chan’s finest film yet. The combination of hard-hitting action and crime drama leads to one of the best films to come out of Hong Kong this year. The video and audio presentation are solid, but unfortunately, the special features are entirely skippable. 

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Raging Fire is now available in stores on Blu-ray.

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

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