Jackie Chan’s latest movie is full of epic spectacle that’s worth seeing in HD on Blu-ray. Bleeding Steel features scenes in Sydney, Australia and the streets of China. Particularly, a fight scene atop the Sydney Opera House provides a stunning backdrop for Chan’s acrobatic fights.
It’s always a little odd watching these newer Hong Knog movies on Blu-ray because we’re so used to watching older imports on Bootleg third generation VHS cassette. Even DVDs still looked scratched and dirty. Not anymore.
Bleeding Steel is a flawless new release transfer with golden lit nighttime action and clear daytime shots. A few sequences bear white digital noise but you’re not going to see a better presentation of a Jackie Chan more.
The Blu-ray fortunately has the Mandarin soundtrack so you can watch the original language with subtitles. The theatrical/VOD release only had the English dub, which is also available if you prefer.
Unfortunately, the outtakes reel is not included, not even as a bonus feature, nor is Jackie Chan singing the end titles song. The decision to omit that staple of Jackie Chan movies from the U.S. release is baffling, but maybe the U.S. rights only included this cut.
It’s still worth seeing Bleeding Steel to see how Jackie Chan’s still got it, and finally figured out a way to combine his moves with modern day visual effects.