Ready to feel the juice of the Jaa...times three? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray "Ong-Bak Trilogy" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The Jaa gets judged below!
Title: "Ong-Bak Trilogy"
Cast: Tony Jaa, Mum Jokmok, Sorapong Chatree
Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment
The Flick: "Ong-Bak – The Thai Warrior"
By far the purest of the trilogy sees a young Tony Jaa playing a babe in the woods from a small village in the big city looking for the dirtbag who stole the head of the precious Ong-Bak statue. In the midst of this modern day tale he of course gets into multiple memorable fights and scraps, featuring some of the most visceral and thrilling martial arts battles captured on film.
The Flick: "Ong-Bak 2 – The Beginning"
A prequel in name only sees the grizzly and sweaty Jaa in 15th Century Thailand fighting to find the folks who killed his parents. Best of this outing is the various tests and level Jaa’s character goes through proving his worth in various traditional Asian fighting styles. Not so good is the heavy-handed dramatic elements that peek here with a shameful cliffhanger that forces the fan to go to part three. More Jaa buttkicking from elephant tusks please!
The Flick: "Ong-Bak 3 – The Final Battle"
Least favorite sees Jaa getting the stuffing kicked out of him for the first ten minutes of the film! (But he’s Tony Jaa!) So much setup, so much angst and so much exposition leads to less and less of the good stuff we’ve become accustom to. (Namely Jaa showing the bad guy fists of fury!) With much down time here, this is for those who only require a little Jaa to fill their kick to the face cravings.
Best Feature: On the first film, the featurette Live Tony Jaa and Stuntman Performance shows the magnetic Jaa doing the work for real in front of a big crowd – he’s the man!
Best Hidden Gem: Tony Jaa – though not exactly hidden – is the glue that holds this sometimes thin set together.
Worth the Moola: The first film is a must, but for the Jaa junkie go ahead and splurge!