SRP $39.95 2.35:1 DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 FOX/MGM

FOX/MGM has released "BULLETPROOF MONK" on Blu-ray.  Chow Yun-Fat stars as a monk charged with protecting a magical scroll from evil-doers bent on using its powers to rule the world.  It's time to find someone to pass on his responsibilities as a protector, and he seems to have found this in Sean William Scott. Yes, that's right "Stiffler" from "American Pie".  The semi-comic pairing of these two apparently wasn't enough for the studio, so a young beauty(former fashion model Jamie King) has also been thrown into the mix, with uneven results.  Some of the action scenes don't work at all, but Chow Yun Fat is so great in his role, that it's easy to forgive some of the film's infrequent flaws.  While uneven, "BULLETPROOF MONK" is never dull and keeps one's attention throughout.

FOX/MGM has presented a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with 2.35:1 aspect ratio intact. After a rough, grainy opening sequence, that barely improves upon the standard dvd presentation, the image suddenly picks up in quality.  Detail is generally impressive, often creating the 3-dimensional depth expected on Blu-ray.  Colors are solid and vibrant, however some close-up shots appear softer than we'd expected.  There is some infrequent dirt visible in several scenes.

FOX/MGM has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix.  It's an aggressive, fun mix!  Bullets and feet fly through the air and across speakers with excellent panning effects in many scenes.  There are plenty of loud bass moments, but equally as effective gently nuanced effect moments too!  The dialogue is always intelligible.