Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

 When I reviewed the movie in August, I said that “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is an absolute blast. It’s a breath of fresh air that works as a stand-alone story, but it also feels like a crucial element for the future of the MCU.” After watching Shang-Chi over and over again, I still feel the same way about the film. So far, Marvel’s Phase 4 is reminiscent of the first phase of the MCU. There’s been a lot of hits and misses, but Shang-Chi is easily the cream of the crop. For my original thoughts on the film, click here.

Movie Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Tony Leung and Fala Chen

Video

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The black levels look phenomenal and are a consistent inky black throughout. With the picture brightness, the lights and white areas are brilliant and beam off the screen. It’s a nice contrast to the pitch blackness of the shadow areas. Even in the various nighttime scenes, all the fine details in the shadows are still visible. Also, the vibrant neon lights of Macau and the rich, colorful world of Ta Lo are beautifully represented here in this Ultra HD release. Of course, out of all the vibrant-looking colors in the film, it’s the red that stands out the most. Also, many of the fine details are represented well in this mix. From Shang-Chi’s final hero suit to the fine-looking knits on Wenwu’s suits, you can see it all.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Tony Leung, Meng'er Zhang, Simu Liu, and Awkwafina

Audio

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ Dolby Atmos track. The audio mix is not particularly immersive. However, it’s dynamic in its movement, and the ten rings’ power showcases why you invested in the Atmos format. As the ten rings move across the screen, the sound effects also move seamlessly across the soundstage. Not to mention, the movement of the wind as Li and Ying Nan use their Ta Lo powers whooshes all across the soundstage.

There’s not a lot of quiet moments where you’ll hear any atmospherics. Yet, for a brief moment, as Wenwu moves through the enchanted forest, you can pick up on the nature noises subtly coming through. Joel P West’s stellar score has rich and full-sounding instruments going through the soundstage well. At the same time, the subwoofer comes alive when the tanggu (Chinese drums) appear in the score. When it comes to the dialogue, it’s well-prioritized and crystal clear from the center channel. However, when the Dweller-in-Darkness begins to corrupt Wenwu’s mind with the voice of Li, you can clearly hear her voice move throughout the soundstage.

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Michelle Yeoh

Special Features

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • Building a Legacy
  • Family Ties
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
    • They’re Waiting
    • Take a Shot
    • Apology
    • I’m Here
    • Pep Talk
    • Greatness
    • Escape Tunnel
    • Two Sons
    • Postcard
    • Just Friends
    • Do It Yourself
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Destin Daniel Cretton and Co-Writer Dave Callaham
Features Assessment

“Building a Legacy” is a featurette that briefly focuses on the different facets of the film’s production. These include the comic book legacy of Shang-Chi, the stunts, costume & production design, and visual effects. As the name suggests, “Family Ties” takes a look at the film’s complex themes of a fractured family, which dates all the way back to the character’s comic book origins. With the Gag Reel, you know what you’re going to get: Fun and laughs.

The deleted scenes are simply extended or alternate versions of the ones in the film. Not to mention, they expand on the backstory and development of some of the main characters. Both Destin Daniel Cretton and Dave Callaham are newbies to the world of audio commentary, so there are a few times that they struggle to figure out what to talk about. Regardless, the duo still divulges a lot of production secrets and stories.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Overall, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of the best things to come out of Marvel’s Phase 4 so far. Thankfully, the video and audio presentation matches the quality of the movie. The special features are a bit lacking, but the audio commentary is worth a listen.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now available in stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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