Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Five Star's Legend Collection truly legendary

More than a year has passed since I first heard about Five Star Production dipping into its storied vaults with plans to release a line of its remastered classics.

The DVDs are out now, and over on Thai 101, Rikker offers the third in his series of Thai movies on DVD with a look at The Legend Collection.

The name of the DVD line is not an exaggeration. Some of the films in this series are regarded as masterpieces. Among them are Euthana Mukdasanit's Butterfly and Flowers, which continues to elude me, and The Story of Nam Poo and Vichet Kounavudhi's Luk Isaan (Son of the Northeast). There's also movies by Piak Poster, Sakka Charuchinda, Narong Charuchinda and the recently departed Bhandit Rittakol.

In all there are 70 titles so far, which Rikker has helpfully compiled on a spreadsheet.

None have English subtitles. And I am unaware of any plans by Five Star to license the masters to English-speaking territories, though many of the titles would make a fine addition to any specialty label's collection.

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