COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'The Grandmaster' Blu-ray Review

Updated: 03/14/2014 3:48 PM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Films
Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Films

I have always enjoyed marital arts, and I have also always enjoyed watching marital art films. 

One of my favorite martial artists ever is Bruce Lee.  I have seen all of his films and documentaries about him several times.  I just cannot enough of them. 

This past week I watched a review copy of Anchor Bay’s “The Grandmaster” on Blu-ray, and I really enjoyed it a lot.  It was full of action and had tons of amazing over the top fighting scenes. 

“The Grandmaster,” was inspired by the legendary kung fu master Ip Man, who was the person who trained Bruce Lee.

“The Grandmaster” was written and directed by Wong Kar Wai and stars Tony Leung,  Ziyi Zhang, Chang Chen, and Yuen Wo Ping.

I thought that the story was great and very exciting.

“The Grandmaster” is about the life of Ip Man(Tony Leung) who becomes the grandmaster of the martial art style Wing Chun.  The film has many flashbacks of Ip’s life showing us all of the events that led up to him being the grandmaster and also the events that made him leave for Hong Kong and eventually train Bruce Lee. 

It seems wherever Ip goes there are always many challenges that he must overcome, and they always involve some amazing fight scenes.   For example when Ip goes to Hong Kong to teach martial arts, there are other teachers that do not want him coming into their area to teach.  They confront him and Ip eventually wins, and they leave him alone.

I really thought that all of the martial arts scenes were very well done and very well-choreographed. 

I also really thought the camera angles and shots were outstanding and made each scene intense and very exciting to watch.

There are a few bonus features on “The Grandmaster” that are very entertaining to watch.  They feature:
- Audio Commentary
 - The Grandmaster: From Ip to Bruce Lee
- A Conversation with Shannon Lee, Daughter of Bruce Lee
- The Grandmaster According to RZA
-  Behind the Scenes

I really enjoyed Anchor Bay’s “The Grandmaster” a lot.  It was very exciting and full of action.  I thought that the story was great and very interesting.  The martial arts scenes were spectacular, and the bonus features were fun to watch.

I would highly recommend that you check out “The Grandmaster” if you are a fan of action movies, Bruce Lee, or want to watch a great and exciting film.

“The Grandmaster” is rated “PG-13” for violence, smoking, brief drug use and language.

Aaron Chalich is a entertainment columnist.