Jet Li stars in "THE ONE," now available on blu-ray from SONY. While its sci-fi premise has great potential, huge plot-holes, drag it down from being a great sci-fi/action film, like "THE MATRIX" to a much lower standard, but ultimately entertaining, nevertheless. Li plays alternate roles of the same person. In the overriding idea, parallel universes contain any number of alternate versions of the same person existing in another. Gabriel Yulaw, an evil villain, has the ability to cross-over dimensions, and is systematically killing his alternate versions, somehow allowing himself to obtain the power that once resided within their individual being, and thus growing more powerful. He's figured out that there are a total of 124 versions of himself and after killing 123, he only needs to kill "Gabe Law, an LA cop, to complete his goal for total power. Trying to prevent Yulaw from achieving his nefarious goal, are two space-travelling cops, played by Jason Statham and Delroy Lindo. What starts off as compelling, becomes silly and redundant less than half-way through, but "THE ONE" still manages to remain entertaining, mostly due to the many great fight scenes. And, of course, Li, being the main reason to see the film, holds his own pretty well, in spite of the script's limitations. An added plus, Carla Gugino, has never looked hotter than she does here.
SONY has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. The image is flawless! In scene to scene comparisons with the dvd, the level of depth is simply amazing to see! Not just with the sets and clothes, but also in regards to facial imperfections(perfections, as with Ms. Gugino)and more. Colors are deep and solid, without a hint of oversaturation, and the inky blacks provide depth in the typically darker scenes, that is all too rare to find on blu-ray so far.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. While it's not as aggressive as one might expect from an action/sci-fi film, it gets the job done well, and the fight scenes, making up the best parts of the film, employ full use of bass, panning and discrete effects, as well as a great soundtrack to liven things up with an ecstatic intensity. The songs, often with deep bass, come close to overshadowing dialogue at times, but the overall mix is well balanced, and the fidelity is terrific.
The exact same features found on the dvd, have been carried over here, including the lackluster audio commentary. However, the animatic comparison is actually worth checking out.