Netflix is ruining this film's reputation
I wish they would take the crap version off of Instant Stream, or at least put the long version up as an alternative.
I tell all my friends that Red Cliff is perhaps the best epic since Return of the King, that John Woo is a master action director and so on, but all they do is pull up the american version on Netflix and go "its not THAT good."
Someone even told me he thought the action in it was kinda bland and certainly not better than stuff in American movies.
In my opinion this movie should go down in history as one of the great epics. But too many people rate it as an average or below average movie because they watch the bummer version on Netflix.
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