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« #15 : April 25, 2013, 05:22:02 AM »

What? It's already on BD? It's just being released in theaters here.



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« #16 : April 25, 2013, 05:41:17 AM »

Dude, I said the HK blu. Yeah, it just came out there. I thought for sure that it would be the longer (130 minute) version, but I'll have to wait and see for sure. I'll let you know.



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« #17 : May 02, 2013, 09:34:45 AM »

HK Blu in da house!



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« #18 : May 03, 2013, 11:12:12 AM »

The Grandmaster (2013) - 6/10. Blu-ray. Ip man gets Wong Kar-Wai'ed. The style-to-story ratio in this must run about 100:1 and, although the images are ravishing and a treat to watch at first, the whole thing becomes very wearing as it goes along. This is partly because the fight scenes all have a sameness about them--there are two kinds of fight scenes, interior and exterior. The interior scenes are always dark. The exterior scenes are always dark too, because they are set at night, usually when it's raining or, for variety, snowing. One thing I enjoy about Ashes of Time Redux is the bold colors, but here the colors get drained every time there's a fight (I'm guessing its easier to cut shots together that way). Occasionally there are striking colors, in between fights, but a lot of the film comes off as monochromatic (kung-fu noir!). The worst thing, though, is that much of the storytelling is relegated to intertitles, as if this were a silent film. The story isn't all that interesting anyway (and we've already seen other versions of it), but matters are made worse by our having to constantly stop and read about what has or is about to happen.



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« #19 : August 23, 2013, 01:28:37 AM »

An article detailing the differences between the HK and Weinstein cuts: http://www.film.com/movies/wong-kar-wai-the-grandmaster-ruined-by-american-cut

Irony of ironies: WKW used OUATIA music on the soundtrack; the Weinsteins seem to have given the film something of a Ladd Co. re-edit.



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« #20 : August 23, 2013, 11:08:38 AM »

The Grandmaster - 7.5/10
The original cut. A unique biopic that meshes melodrama and martial arts together with rapid editing. Lots of OUATIA moments and homages in the last act (OUATIA music along with an original [or so I think?] Morricone-esque score. Also very similarly shot opium sequence, dream-liked transitions, and an image reminiscent of an aging Noodles in the mirror). It can be overly stylized and difficult to follow, but definitely warrants a viewing. I'll be watching this again because it has potential to be a truly great film on repeat viewings. Not WKW's worst though not his best either.

If I were to rank WKW (haven't seen any of them in a while) it'd go kinda like this:

1. Chungking Express
2. As Tears Go By
3. In the Mood for Love
4. Days of Being Wild
5. Fallen Angels
6. The Grandmaster
7. Ashes of Time Redux
8. Happy Together

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« #21 : September 03, 2013, 04:48:32 PM »

Interesting WKW interview here: http://www.slantmagazine.com/features/article/interview-wong-kar-wai

I'm starting to think I need to see the U.S. cut. . . .



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« #22 : September 23, 2013, 10:23:17 AM »

This is worth reading: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/

N.B. The link doesn't seem to work in Explorer, but I have no trouble getting there in Chrome.



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« #23 : October 10, 2013, 05:17:29 AM »

November 26 for the US Blu. The runtime is 108, despite what amazon says.



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