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The Eight Hundred Blu-Ray
« on: March 25, 2022, 03:22:41 PM »
The Eight Hundred Blu-Ray
Studio: Shout Factory 
Release Date:2020 
Rating: Not rated
Film:3.75/5 

Plot – Based on the true story of the defense of Sihang Warehouse in 1937 Shanghai by Chinese troops during the Battle of Shanghai. 


My Thoughts – This is a realistic war movie based on events I had no knowledge of. This was also the 2nd highest grossing movie worldwide in 2020. The story of 800 Chinese soldiers holding this warehouse (which still exists today) against an onslaught of 20,000 Japanese troops is something like their Alamo. Strangely, the battle took place in full view of the protected Shanghai International Settlement across a river, with French, British and Americans watching from nightclubs, bars and dance halls. At 2 hours and 29 min., this is a long movie, but exciting right up to the end. I also found that you got to know many of the characters ( and there are quite a few ) and felt a connection to them as you watched their struggle to survive.


Video- 4.5/5 This is the first Chinese film shot entirely on IMAX cameras. The picture is overall very sharp and detailed. Colors can be muted at times, which fits the period and gritty battle sequences. Overall, a very good looking Blu-ray.

Audio 4/5 – DTS HD 5.1 audio track. Good surround use, and decent if LFE / bass. Very realistic war / battle soundtrack.


Conclusion – another extremely interesting foreign war story based on true events. Recommended for war movie buffs.


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Re: The Eight Hundred Blu-Ray
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2022, 04:32:46 PM »
Thanks, Craig, sounds very interesting. Anyone with some history knowledge knows in general how brutally Japan acted in China in the 1930s but some of the specific stories aren't known well here. Even with 2020 being an off year, incredible that this was the 2nd highest grossing movie worldwide.

Edit: I looked up just out of curiosity and noticed that the #2 movie worldwide for 2021 was another Chinese film, The Battle at Lake Changjin. However as that one was commissioned by the publicity department of the CCP I think I'd pass!
« Last Edit: March 25, 2022, 04:38:23 PM by Paul Heroy »

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Re: The Eight Hundred Blu-Ray
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2022, 05:53:46 PM »
Thanks for the review. This looks very unusual and very interesting.
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