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“The Man with the Iron Fists”

It goes without saying that RZA’s directorial debut was never going to hold a candle to mentor Quentin Tarantino’s chop-socky epic “Kill Bill,” but I still had high hopes for “The Man with the Iron Fists.” Unfortunately, the former Wu-Tang Clan member’s inexperience behind the camera is hard to ignore – whether it’s the incoherent script written with Eli Roth, the one-note acting (of which RZA is the worst offender), or the poorly edited fight scenes – and the end result is disappointing. The movie certainly feels like one of the classic Shaw Brothers kung fu flicks that RZA grew up watching, but that’s part of the problem – it’s a cheesy grindhouse film masquerading as a Hollywood action movie. Perhaps most distracting is the fact that, even though the story is set in 19th century China, the actors all talk like they just walked off the street. RZA reportedly had grand plans to turn “The Man with the Iron Fists” into his own four-hour, two-movie martial arts epic, but while that might have helped with the choppy pacing and disjointed story, it wouldn’t fix the many other problems plaguing the movie.

Blu-ray Highlight: With the exception of some deleted scenes that give you a better idea of what RZA was originally striving for, the single-disc effort includes a trio of brief production featurettes that aren’t worth your time. This is the kind of movie that would have benefited greatly from the addition of an audio commentary by its writer/director.

“Silent Hill: Revelation”

It took six years for someone to finally get around to making a sequel to Christopher Gans’ “Silent Hill,” and I’m not sure why they even bothered. The first movie was terrible on several accounts, and the same is true of “Silent Hill: Revelation,” although for slightly different reasons. Loosely based on the third installment of the popular survival horror video game series, it’s every bit as dumb as it looks. It takes nearly 40 minutes for the lead protagonist (Michelle Williams lookalike Adelaide Clemens) to even arrive at the titular town, and when she does, the story devolves into a low-rent haunted house movie where she ambles from room to room battling cheesy-looking monsters. Director Michael J. Bassett doesn’t skimp on the gore, but it’s more disgusting than scary, and the special effects look like something out of a Syfy original movie. But more than anything else, it’s just really boring, and though fans of the games might get a kick out of it, even they may be reaching for the eject button.

Blu-ray Highlight: The studio clearly knows how bad this movie is, because they’ve only included one extra on the disc and it runs a whopping three minutes. ‘Nuf said.

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