BD 129-130 Dragon Inn & A Touch of Zen

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Re: A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1969)

#26 Post by knives » Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:03 pm

Luckily I do have Lee Khan, I was referring to the same company's release of(I think)The Valient Ones. It seems they are legitimately OOP though. Really unfortunate since I've never really gotten into this part of cinema before so all of this newness is very exciting. Thanks for the Shaw Brothers suggestion though. I can't imagine how entertaining Hu's contemporaries were.

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Re: A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1969)

#27 Post by Torrente » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:34 am

Here is a comparison I found.

I was interested in getting the french release... but I had second thoughts...
Optimum's release seemed to be a pill of crap (confirmed by the comparison)
Then I read that the german release was anamorphic... but it doesn't seem to be in the correct aspect ratio...

I really think the Tai Seng is still the best (less cropping, no stretching, more natural colors etc), but I didn't see any screens from the german disc...
Could anyone point some screens to me or provide some screens of their own copy?

It would be so helpful!!!

I found those but in bad quality (it seems stretched too).

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Re: MoC Forthcoming, Wishlist and Random Speculation

#28 Post by rapta » Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:00 pm

rockysds wrote:Also seems that the hunt for Dragon Inn has been successful. Hope they can clear the upcoming resto of A Touch of Zen as well.
MoC on Twitter wrote:More News! Tickets for the @BFI LFF screening of DRAGON INN have now gone on sale to the public http://bit.ly/Xn9TKp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; #comingsoon
Saw this today and am very excited! Hopefully they will be able to clear A Touch Of Zen too, that's if StudioCanal don't still have the rights (they released the DVD...but that was 11 years ago). It could be okay though - I notice Arrow are releasing Michael Mann's Thief, and StudioCanal handled the UK DVD release of that in the past (about five years ago).

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Re: MoC Forthcoming, Wishlist and Random Speculation

#29 Post by SpiderBaby » Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:19 pm

King Hu on blu-ray and a possible blu-ray of 'Spring in a Small Town' from BFI next year just made my top 2 favorite releases of 2015 so easy. Best home video news I have heard all year.

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Re: MoC Forthcoming, Wishlist and Random Speculation

#30 Post by Orlac » Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:59 am

rapta wrote:
rockysds wrote:Also seems that the hunt for Dragon Inn has been successful. Hope they can clear the upcoming resto of A Touch of Zen as well.
MoC on Twitter wrote:More News! Tickets for the @BFI LFF screening of DRAGON INN have now gone on sale to the public http://bit.ly/Xn9TKp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; #comingsoon
Saw this today and am very excited! Hopefully they will be able to clear A Touch Of Zen too, that's if StudioCanal don't still have the rights (they released the DVD...but that was 11 years ago). It could be okay though - I notice Arrow are releasing Michael Mann's Thief, and StudioCanal handled the UK DVD release of that in the past (about five years ago).
I think it was Optimum alone rather than Studio Canal - ditto Thief.

King Hu on BD is really something - very few old school kung fu films have decent BD or even DVD releases.

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Re: Forthcoming: Dragon Inn

#31 Post by domino harvey » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:51 pm

From MoC's Twitter
Just to confirm: we will be releasing King Hu's mindblowing masterpiece DRAGON INN in 2015. 4K restoration. See it at LFF tomorrow!

Theatrical + Blu-ray/DVD to follow. Also: We will announce a new-new film shortly! Stay tuned in the days ahead.

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Re: Forthcoming: Dragon Inn

#32 Post by Orlac » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:54 am

I hope this is still on the cards.

How about a joint commentary wih Tony Rayns and Bey Logan?

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Re: Forthcoming: Dragon Inn

#33 Post by jsteffe » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:29 am

I saw the restoration of DRAGON INN at Bologna last year and thought it looked really nice! The MoC Blu-ray should be great.

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Re: Forthcoming: Dragon Inn

#34 Post by rapta » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:41 pm

jsteffe wrote:I saw the restoration of DRAGON INN at Bologna last year and thought it looked really nice! The MoC Blu-ray should be great.
It's getting a cinematic release in the UK this summer...I just hope they're showing it near me! I won't be too distraught if it doesn't though, as the Blu-ray will probably be one of the highlights of the year anyway (in a year full of highlights so far).

I noticed the recently-restored A Touch of Zen is showing at this year's Cannes, and I hope Eureka can get their hands on it (that's if StudioCanal don't still have distribution rights, as they released it on DVD in the past). Would truly make for a great MoC title to go alongside this one!

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Re: Forthcoming: Dragon Inn

#35 Post by Aunt Peg » Wed May 06, 2015 8:23 am

It would be great of MoC could acquire Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye Dragon Inn as a special feature of the Dragon Inn Blu Ray release.

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Re: Forthcoming: Dragon Inn

#36 Post by StevenJ0001 » Wed May 06, 2015 11:35 am

Aunt Peg wrote:It would be great of MoC could acquire Tsai Ming-liang's Goodbye Dragon Inn as a special feature of the Dragon Inn Blu Ray release.
That would indeed make a great double (although I wouldn't demote Tsai's film to special feature status)--I would be ecstatic to get Goodbye Dragon Inn on Blu. Who has the rights, I wonder?

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Re: Forthcoming: Dragon Inn

#37 Post by rapta » Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:14 am

As expected seems the release date for DRAGON INN in a Dual Format Edition is September 28th...

Pre-order: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0105X91RO/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#38 Post by Orlac » Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:59 pm

Pre-ordered!

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#39 Post by Jack Shaftoe » Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:21 am

Midlands based folk can see the remaster of Dragon Inn in a cinema at Derby QUAD in August: http://derbyquad.co.uk/film/satori-scre ... -inn-12a-s" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#40 Post by jazzo » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:53 am

The amazon.co.uk listing for this has NTSC in parentheses following the title, which I find bizarre, and am fairly certain is just an error.

It does make me wonder, however, if this has no region coding, which would be amazing. Anyone hear anything about this, because there's currently nothing there as far as I can see.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#41 Post by tenia » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:57 am

jazzo wrote:The amazon.co.uk listing for this has NTSC in parentheses following the title, which I find bizarre, and am fairly certain is just an error.
It actually wouldn't be the 1st MoC DVD to be NTSC.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#42 Post by Zot! » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:34 am

I believe MOC reps have confirmed that their preference is NTSC to guarantee appropriate running time and eliminate the need to conform masters, and that UK technology is typically multistandard and viewers can accomodate either. Region coding is a separate consideration from the video standard being used, though MOC have been critical of region locking in the past, even when their hands are tied.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#43 Post by jazzo » Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:49 am

Thanks for the info. All sounds it might be very good news!

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#44 Post by David M. » Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:56 am

All recent MOC DVDs are in NTSC.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#45 Post by MichaelB » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:22 am

The overwhelming majority of MoC DVDs are NTSC going back something like a decade. Off the top of my head, the last PAL one was Colossal Youth, for the sensible reason that it originated in PAL in the first place.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#46 Post by Banasa » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:59 pm

New documentary and interview material to be announced soon
Better hurry and announce them as the release is out this month with little to no real fanfare.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#47 Post by L.A. » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:39 am

From Facebook:
The Special Features for our forthcoming release of King Hu's DRAGON INN have been announced as follows:

• New 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Archival newsreel footage from the film’s première
• Trailer
• Hostel Forces, a new video essay by critic David Cairns
• 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring vintage writing on the film by critic Tony Rayns; a testimonial about King Hu by Tsui Hark; an analysis of Hu’s style by Edmond Wong; the eight characteristics of “the inn” in King Hu’s films and archival images.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#48 Post by Der Spieler » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:04 am

Also:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances the release date has had to be put back until 26 October 2015. We apologise for this delay."

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#49 Post by What A Disgrace » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:59 am

That's kind of disappointing.

I don't care when it comes out, as I won't be able to get around to watching it until next year, but the extras seem slack for what should be a major release, which is becoming all too much a characteristic for Masters of Cinema and Criterion alike. Things must be getting very tight.

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Re: BD 129 Dragon Inn

#50 Post by tenia » Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:14 am

Same here.

The extras are unfortunately quite disappointing (except if the Cairns feature is a fascinating hour long special feature). Dragon Inn is a marketing high point in MoC recent line up, it’s sad that this time again, the “many more to be announced” turned out 1 week before the original release date into a trailer, a few minutes from the premiere and one piece of analysis.
Not that it’s not enough, but looking at other independent outputs like Arrow’s, Criterion’s or Carlotta’s, it feels slim.

I sincerely hope their “ultimate Dziga Vertov Man with a Movie Camera” release won’t go through the same limitations there.

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