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1. Hurrah!tenia wrote: ↑Thu May 31, 2018 7:57 amAmazon.co.uk has a page up for a Police Story 1 & 2 Limited set, expected on Aug 20th.
2. Wait, where's the third one? Fortune Star announced 4k remaster of 1-3!
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Mirmax seems to still have the UK and US rights to Police Story 3
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What a shame as the third is superior to the second one, which feels like it took criticism of there not being enough plot in the first one to heart. Now it adds a dull plot and far less exciting action scenes.
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Ah, the bonus features weren’t up when I saw this earlier so I thought it might be pretty bare-bones. I know the idea that Jackie Chan films are actually comic masterpieces worthy of discussion among the greats has become pretty widely held, but I appreciated some label somewhere in the world putting it in their prestige collection to really speak to that, so I’m still a little sad it couldn’t continue, even if the Classics line has developed to probably be a better fit for it.
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My theory is that Eureka! is simply trying to increase the presence and respectability of the Eureka Classics label, which is why many of their recent releases (this, Iron Monkey, Flesh + Blood) are much meatier and even more attractive as movies than some of their MoC titles. No doubt if Drunken Master was released today, they'd be using that as a major hook for this effort.
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I also strongly suspect that Drunken Master was a testing-the-water one-off, but now that they’ve licensed loads of HK titles in the wake of its success, sticking them all into MoC might have raised eyebrows (to say the least).
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Be still my heart. I assume you can't say anything regarding potential upcoming titles but this a very exciting development.
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I also think it's a more nuanced way of releasing these titles, and to encourage pre-ordering. Note that all MoC titles include the booklet as standard, but Eureka Classics of late have 'first pressing only' booklets - taking a leaf ('scuse the pun) out of Arrow's and/or Indicator's book. By making the booklet limited, people may go for the set rather than two reissued discs later on (or perhaps a single Amaray set with the two discs and no booklet).What A Disgrace wrote: ↑Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:14 pmMy theory is that Eureka! is simply trying to increase the presence and respectability of the Eureka Classics label, which is why many of their recent releases (this, Iron Monkey, Flesh + Blood) are much meatier and even more attractive as movies than some of their MoC titles. No doubt if Drunken Master was released today, they'd be using that as a major hook for this effort.
They've done a similar thing for some MoC titles by adding a slipcover for first pressings, and especially in the last year. Obviously there's more of a built-in audience for MoC but Eureka Classics is a less established name, and though the titles will generally be more familiar with a wider audience, they're the kind of cult films that need a bit more of an incentive for the average collector. Arrow and Indicator do it quite often by making initial Limited Edition versions of films with physical perks (and occasionally extra discs). Curious that Eureka have only done so a few times (e.g. Shane, A Touch of Zen, Man With a Movie Camera).
I've said it in another forum but I really do hope they have at least one John Woo title lined up - most likely A Better Tomorrow, as it has been recently restored in 4K by Fortune Star. Some Ringo Lam and more Johnnie To would also be great (e.g. Running Out of Time) and of course more Jackie Chan stuff would go down well (especially Project A). I also saw A Chinese Ghost Story has been restored, and if they really wanted to compete with cult labels like Arrow Video and 88 Films they would do well to pick up something like that too.
But for me, Woo would be a priority. A severe lack of his early work on Western Blu-ray. Hard Boiled and The Killer would be the dream, however unlikely.
Also, if I were in charge of MoC, I'd put Woo under that banner...but let's wait and see what they do.
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I really like Police Story 2 but would generally agree that it is slower paced that the first and third, though still enjoyable as it does at least feature a few great set pieces including a spectacular explosion sequence and a great fight scene in and around a children's playground. Though the thing that I most remember about Police Story 2 is that Maggie Cheung's girlfriend character gets really badly treated throughout! I seem to remember there is the usual kidnapping aspect later on, but probably the worst thing that happens to her is early on when Jackie just absent mindedly holds onto the straps of her backpack as she is driving off on her moped, which causes her to get dragged off it! (It is the kind of thing that makes Michelle Yeoh's no nonsense mainland China partner in Police Story III: Supercop seem like a necessary counterbalance!)
(If Eureka are picking up a lot of Hong Kong titles, I would highly recommend they try to release The Heroic Trio (and potentially its sequel, though I have not seen that), as that stars Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung and Anita Mui together and is directed by Johnnie To!)