The Weinstein Bros unveil their DRAGON DYNASTY with the help of Tarantino!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now the Bros. Weinstein haven't had the best track record paying the proper respect to Asian cinema, however it seems whenever Quentin Tarantino puts his name on one (HERO), the Bros will release the films relatively unfucked with. So, this announcement of the Weinstein's new label called DRAGON DYNASTY actually sounds like good news. Tarantino is reported to be holding their hands on their release slate, which includes ONG BAK 2, TOM YUN GONG (called THE PROTECTOR here), SPL, SEVEN SWORDS, BORN TO FIGHT and DRAGON SQUAD. More exciting, however, are the 50 Shaw Bros library titles they'll have control over. The only ones mentioned by Hollywood Reporter are John Woo's early stuff (HARD BOILED, THE KILLER, BETTER TOMORROW 1 and 2 and BULLET IN THE HEAD), but I imagine they got some crazy chop sockey '70s gems in that catalogue, too. I'd personally love to see a spruced up rerelease of the Hammer Horror and Shaw Bros team-up flick SEVEN BROTHERS VS. DRACULA.
So, as long as Tarantino has his name attached to these releases, I will be mega happy, especially about those Shaw Bros titles. Can't wait to see them open the flood gates here. What about you?
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May 24, 2006, 2:10 a.m. CST
by Julius Dithers
a live action smurfs movie, hurry up with Inglorious Bastards!
May 24, 2006, 2:12 a.m. CST
by Julius Dithers
That's first in Samoan, BTW. Big ups to Dwayne Johnson.
May 24, 2006, 2:22 a.m. CST
*cringe* Sounds like a god-awful direct-to-video flick starring Don "The Dragon" Wilson.
May 24, 2006, 2:49 a.m. CST
Seven swords is dope. Picked it up on DVD with english subs for $5 in Chinatown.
May 24, 2006, 4:38 a.m. CST
He's fighting for a fucking elephant!
May 24, 2006, 7:10 a.m. CST
Since Brian White & motormouth Logan were the backbone of Hong Kong Legend and their stellar Asian releases, this couldn't be better news.
May 24, 2006, 8:03 a.m. CST
They're good fun. And how the hell is "Shaw Bros." equated with 'early John Woo'? Especially those titles. What bout "Last Hurrah For Chivalry?" I don't care if QT personally packs each film himself - as long as the films are treated right, I'm good. And they better release "The Burning of the Red Lotus Monastery!"
May 24, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...yet another excuse for him not to finish a movie for the next five years. And when he finally gets around to doing one, it will just be a pastiche of all the titles mentioned above. He really has started to bore the ever-loving fuck out of me with all the talk about shit he's never going to get around to doing. The Vega Brothers, Inglorious Bastards, having a remotely original idea for a film...the list goes on.
May 24, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST
They can't exactly call it that can they!?! It's called Warrior King in the UK.
May 24, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST
By coincidence I just minutes ago finished watching my Korean DVD of Tom Yum Goong (saw it 3 times in Korean theatres), and yeah, "The Protector" is a lame, lame, inappropriate, lame title for this. Of course, in Korean the title was "Ong Bak: The Second Mission." Odd, since Ong Bak was the name of the stolen Buddha from "Ong Bak," and neither it nor any of the characters had anything to do with this one. And yet somehow, I coped.
Tarantino = super fan. Come back when you show some innovation, hairpiece.
May 24, 2006, 9:44 a.m. CST
by Nairb The Movie
I can get a copy of Flying Guillitine that works on my DVD PLAYER!!! HUAZZA!
May 24, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST
As long as I (finally) get 5.1 surround DVD versions of "Hard Boiled" and "The Killer" as a result of this deal, I'm a happy camper! BTW...when the hell is "Kill Bill - The Whole Bloody Affair" gonna drop? Come on, QT...you promised!
May 24, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST
This, Iron Fist with Ray Park, and a cinematic Kung Fu? Great. Now if only ASIA would get back to making decent chopsockey flicks.
May 24, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST
no love for Kung-fu Hustle?
May 24, 2006, 11:02 a.m. CST
You summed up everything I think about this worthless bullshit artist perfectly. I'm willing to bet he hasn't even written a single line of INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.
May 24, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST
But not what I would call a serious chop-sockey flick. By which I mean something that is a lot of fun to watch but deadly earnest in tone, and which favors real athleticism, but not precisely realism. The Once Upon A Time In China flicks come to mind.
May 24, 2006, 11:48 a.m. CST
Jeeziss Christo! Dont sound too good to me. At least maybe Quentin can reign in their propensity to fu%& up foreign properties. The jury is still out on this one. If they can drop a clean region 1 transfer of Chinese Super Ninja into the market all will be forgiven. I love that movie for nostalgia reasons....
May 24, 2006, 12:23 p.m. CST
I was noising you up with that Kung-Fu Hustle thing. It's kind of a paradoy... but still very enjoyable. This has got me Jonesing for some early Jackie Chan now... Why did I not bring Drunken Master with me? WHY?!?!?!
May 24, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST
Or is he just going to keep slapping his name on the posters because he happened to take a dump at the studio while they were filming? It's getting tiresome. Then again, I'd rather he do that than make another 2 hour movie that amounts to a whole lot of egotistical masturbation.
May 24, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST
QT taking credit for more movies he had jackshit to do with
May 24, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST
May 24, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST
his name on the box? (Harry tell us, you're his pal!) Cos if so why bother making a movie when your agent can just tell you the list of movies that want a 'presented by' or 'introduction by' and you can rake in the ca$h... Just saying is all. Wish it were me... BITTER!!!
May 24, 2006, 2:43 p.m. CST
Didn't the Wu Tang Clan buy the rights to a huge number of Shaw Bros. movies? Did they sell them to the Weinsteins?
May 24, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
The Protector is not only a lame name for TOM YUM GOONG, it's already the name of a Jackie Chan movie - the one where he's with Danny Aiello in the US. Any Shaw movies released by Wu-Tang are bootlegs - the Weinsteins bought these rights while they were at Disney, and apparently all the Hong Kong productions they had came with them when they left Disney. Why would anyone want 5.1 sound on movies that were made in mono? The multi-track elements to do that sort of a remix justice don't exist anymore - film preservation in Hong Kong, aside from the Shaw Brothers, is a very new development. There have already been versions of THE KILLER that were remixed into 5.1 - all sounded like total ass, worse than mono, just like 99% of all HK 5.1 remixes. The history of remixing HK films from mono to multichannel is a horrifying and ugly thing - let us never forget the first DVD version of A BETTER TOMORROW (in both the US and Hong Kong), with the music from FORREST GUMP and SPEED tossed into the mix. No - I'll be pissed if I don't have at least the option of watching it in the original mono mixes. That, of course, assumes any of these will be worth watching in the first place. Notably absent from the press release about this was anything about original languages, uncut status, or subtitles. And I don't trust any of these fucks any further than I can throw them. Ever seen a picture of Harvey Weinstein? I don't think I could throw him very far. Blind faith in these assholes is a fool's game.
May 24, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
the topic, just here to, warn everyone to stay away from natural city. what a complete waste of time, celluloid, caffiene, anything that was put into it, it was wasted. i willkeep it as an example of how NOT to make a film. if they really loved this in KOREA, it is even worse than Matt and Trey said it was.
May 24, 2006, 4:51 p.m. CST
Because I want my friggin' walls to shake when Chow Yun Fat starts popping caps in people's asses! That's Home Theatre 101! Troll!
May 24, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST
is this waco TX or something? creepy.
May 24, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
If you knew dick-all about the 5.1 remixes of Hong Kong movies, then you'd know that usually they're tinny with no low end and a hollow metallic echo vaguely reminiscent of a low-bitrate RealAudio clip. My very first DVD was the Mega Star release of A CHINESE GHOST STORY - I thought my receiver or perhaps my DVD player was broken, the 5.1 sounded so bad. My SLP-mode VHS tape had better sound. Then I put in my second DVD, ENTER THE DRAGON, the first release. MUCH better - because Warner Bros. saved more of the production materials, making a real 5.1 mix possible. You want CYF to rattle the windows? Then you want the original mono, with your receiver set up to cross the low end to the subwoofer even in the absence of a LFE channel. Tweak EQ if necessary. Troll? Don't make me laugh. I eliminate trolls on contact like Raid or a bologna sandwich in Nilbog. Check out the 5.1 on Fox's OPERATION SCORPIO DVD - that's a remix by the same Fortune Star who'll be providing Weinstein Company with their 5.1 tracks. Be afraid. Very very afraid.
May 25, 2006, 6:18 a.m. CST
What happened with that Uncut-in-two-pieces Kill Bill edition?
May 25, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST
It boggles the mind that the 2-disc Special Edition versions of KILL BILL Vols. 1 & 2 don't even have a street date yet, let alone the uber-mega Whole Bloody Affair Edition. I guess Target will have to keep the vanilla editions at $14.99 for quite a while longer...
May 25, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST
by Wesley Snipes
I don't want a remixed mono-to-5.1 track for Hard Boiled. I want a brand new, over-the-top, wall-shaking Hollywood-quality 5.1 audio track with rocking sound effects. Yes, include the original mono too, of course, but HB is one film that absolutely demands a new hi quality surround sound track.
May 25, 2006, 6:16 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
Shock. Gasp. The Weinsteins announced a release and then failed to make good on it. That's unprecedented, I tells ya. Seriously, for special editions of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, unless there's some sort of special voodoo specifically regarding those films in their severance deal from Disney, those films are still at Miramax with the rest of the Miramax library, and any responsibility for a special edition lies with the new guys running that unit now. As for the NC-17 rated THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR - I'd love to see it, but that may be a sad case of certain big mouthed people writing checks that their asses couldn't ultimately cash. I suspect that even though it's not technically the same film as KILL BILL 1 & 2, it's close enough for there to be possible legal problems in releasing it. After all, if the Weinsteins in their Miramax days said I can't buy a copy of the uncut and subtitled version of FONG SAI YUK from an online retailer because it infringes on their exclusive US rights to the film, even though their version is cut, in English, and called THE LEGEND - in effect making it a different movie - how can they then release an uncut, longer version of KILL BILL without infringing on Disney's copyright in a very similar fashion, unless there's something very specific in their walking papers from Disney covering KILL BILL? Seems like pretty much the same thing to me. Karma is a mean motherfucking bitch like that. Too bad we're the ones who suffer.
May 25, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
That was supposed to say KILL BILL VOL. 3: KILL BILL'S LAWYER
May 26, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST
Seven Swords is amazing. Dragon Squad has some good action and a shitty story. But the Weinsteins are bound to fuck them up. Hell, though the have the rights there's no guarantee they'll release them within the next five years.
May 26, 2006, 6:09 p.m. CST
Not only did they re-edit the film, they never released an UNCUT version of the film(which is becoming the trend now with Hollywood; release it quickly on DVD, then many months later release a balls-to-the-wall UNCUT/UNRATED version on DVD just to piss off the hungry and rabid fanboys like Harry Knowles, Moriarty, et al) I had my UNCUT version of HERO on DVD after a trip to visit my in-laws in China in 2004. Where to get it? Not from your local retailer or through Tarantino! Mail order or take a trip like I did. Another trend that piss this immortal ape off to no end is the retitling of films that come from "the Far East coast." THE PROTECTOR my hairy monkey ass indeed! For shame.
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