Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Weinsteins have a new DVD label and a new name for Tom Yum Goong

Twitch and Kaiju Shakedown are reporting the launch of a new martial arts boutique DVD label by The Weinstein Company and Quentin Tarantino. It'll be called Dragon Dynasty and will feature the upcoming Ong-Bak 2 and something called The Protector, the new U.S. title for Tom Yum Goong.

Born to Fight will also get a Dragon Dynasty release (though it'll be hard to beat the Madman version I just picked up), as well as Sha Po Lang (SPL) (huh, the HK two-disc version is already excellent), Seven Swords and Dragon Squad. Other titles on the label will include 43 movies from Hong Kong's Fortune Star. Like Police Story? Maybe some Sammo Hung stuff as well? Anyway, I have it already.

There's some John Woo stuff: The Killer, Hardboiled, Bullet in the Head and A Better Tomorrow.

And some Jet Li action, including Fist of Legend and Tai Chi Master.

Oh, and now we see what they're doing with the Shaw Brothers titles they optioned, including Lau Kar Leung's 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Eight Diagram Pole Fighter and Heroes of the East, all starring Gordon Liu, Martial Arts of Shaolin, with Lau Kar Leung directing Jet Li, and one of Shaw's best movies of all, King Hu's Come Drink With Me, starring Cheng Pei-pei. And don't forget King Boxer, the movie that started the kung-fu craze in America back in the '70s.

"Each Dragon Dynasty DVD will possess a unique and carefully crafted identity, and will include many groundbreaking, informative and exclusive special bonus features such as rare behind-the- scenes footage, deleted scenes, out-takes, and specially commissioned documentaries and interviews featuring cast members, filmmakers and celebrity enthusiasts of Asian film," says somebody.

I'd be pretty excited if I didn't already own a lot of the titles already and wasn't wise to the tricks that the Weinsteins pull with Asian releases, like re-editing them, dubbing them and re-scoring them.

However, if they do anything with the Shaw Brothers titles, I hope they eliminate the ambient bird noises that Celestial added to their releases. Tweet.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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