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Review: Black Coal Thin Ice (Well Go USA)


Black Coal Thin Ice
Black Coal Thin Ice
3.5 stars

Starring: Fan Liao, Xuebing Wang

Directed: Diao Yinan

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color
Mandarin Subtitles: English

Distributor: Well Go USA

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.


Audio Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality sounds pretty good with no distortions, Dialogue is clear and Gun Shots sound realistic.

Rating: 5 stars


Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is good not great thanks to darker scenes. Colors pop and well light sections are pretty sharp-looking. Darker shots you get more film grain then usual and one portion of running in the dark during a shoot out we got a ghosting effect.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: March 21, 2014 (China)
DVD Disc release Date: September 29, 2015 (USA)


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My Thoughts

Black Coal Thin Ice is Visually artistically shot with colors and camera angles. Story wise the film is heavy on the viewer with little dialogue throughout the film but did feel realistic. The story was good but I feel the film might be a little long due to the amount of Dialogue.

I liked the way the film was shot and at portions had me thinking about the shot as if I were a film maker. Yes the story is good but could get boring depending on your mood, action wise the film only had a few scenes of a shoot out and a few guys getting killed. Hey it’s not an action film I know but a little more of the killer taking an ice skate to at least one more person would have helped along with a little more dialogue and the film would be rated higher. Now The film gets good reviews and even won awards beating Boyhood at one and I’m not saying this is a bad film but for me its was OK.

What I enjoyed the most was the way the film was shot and how it looked. We get a little bit of action some plot twists and Mystery. Overall the film was a good watch and I did enjoy it just wished we got more Dialogue and a little more emotion but I assume that’s what the film was going for as it is Artsy in the way it’s filmed.

With that said I give the film a 3.5 out of 5 and I feel if your mood is good or If you like Stylized films and great film making, check it out.


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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.


My Setup

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