Chinese Cinema on DVD/BD

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Luke M
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Re: Chinese Cinema on DVD/BD

#151 Post by Luke M » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:46 pm

L.A. wrote:Hong Kong Film Archive released their first Blu-ray in January, Ann Hui’s directorial debut The Secret (1979). HK Book City is probably the only place to order it :-k.
Is it common for blu-rays from Hong Kong to cost $135?

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#152 Post by L.A. » Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:05 pm

HONG KONG DOLLARS!!!!

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#153 Post by Luke M » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:43 pm

L.A. wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 7:05 pm
HONG KONG DOLLARS!!!!
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Re: Chinese Cinema on DVD/BD

#154 Post by swo17 » Wed May 08, 2019 3:04 pm

Discussion of Diskino releases moved here

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#155 Post by andyli » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:20 am

YIM Ho's Red Dust (1990) starring Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung and Han Chin is getting a digitally remastered blu-ray in Taiwan. Also coming next month is a 25th Anniversary Edition of Farewell, My Concubine.

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#156 Post by htdm » Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:47 pm

Thanks, I will definitely pick Red Dust up.

Also, CN Entertainment's English-friendly BD of Ann Hui's The Story of Woo Viet drops today. I'll be interested to see how the PQ compares to that of the French disc.

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#157 Post by Lemmy Caution » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:32 pm

Surface mail -- the cheapest mailing option from China -- usually takes 10-12 weeks to the US East Coast and 8-10 weeks to the West Coast. And if they delayed shipping things out for whatever reason -- out of stock or whatnot -- it obviously could take longer. 6 months is a little absurd though.
China surface mail is roughly 1/4 the price of airmail, with SAL (Sea-Air-Land) a 3 week delivery option priced in between the two.

The USPS stopped offering surface mail over a decade ago (canceled circa 2007, I think).

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#158 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:52 pm

Zhang Yongning (one of the producers of Stanley Kwan's Lan Yu) did a Q&A after a recent screening and said a restoration of the film⁠—derived from the original negative recently found in Thailand⁠—will be out on Blu-ray soon, possibly as early as November.

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#159 Post by L.A. » Wed Apr 15, 2020 1:39 pm

南洋三部曲 Nanyang Trilogy (2-disc Blu-ray edition) is a series of three Cantonese-language films produced by the Kong Ngee Company in 1957. Shot in Singapore and Malaysia, the films are 血染相思谷 (Blood Stains the Valley of Love), 唐山阿嫂 (China Wife) and 椰林月 (Moon Over Malaya). The films introduced urban perspectives and youthful idols of the time, led by 谢贤 (Patrick Tse Yin), 嘉玲 (Patsy Kar Ling) and 南红 (Nam Hung) that appealed to its younger postwar audiences.
Anyone seen these?

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#160 Post by L.A. » Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:13 am

Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute has produced a DVD collection including five films from ”Taiwan’s Lost Commercial Cinema” including The Fantasy of the Deer Warrior (1961), The Best Secret Agent (1964), Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters (1968), Dangerous Youth (1969) and Back to Anping Harbor (1972) with English subtitles.

TFotDW sounds a little bit intriquing, Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! and easternKicks.com have something to say about it.

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#161 Post by The Elegant Dandy Fop » Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:11 pm

The Fantasy of the Deer Warrior is quite fun and its use of costumes is quite imaginative. The Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters is excellent too. Do they ship this to the US?

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Re: Chinese Cinema on DVD/BD

#162 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:46 pm

Not through their store interface, there's a notice somewhere on the site that you can email them at service@mail.tfi.org.tw to talk about an international order. They also have English-subtitled releases of restored Taiwanese-language films by Lin Tuan-chiu and a new release of the city symphonies Taipei Morning and The Man Who Has a Camera (no subtitles needed on those). Their King Hu set is hard to recommend when all of the features are readily available on Blu-ray elsewhere, but AFAIK it's still the only way to get the restored Anger on disc.

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Re: Chinese Cinema on DVD/BD

#163 Post by L.A. » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:05 pm

Is this Blu-ray for The Winter of Three Hairs (1949) supposed to be a joke?

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#164 Post by htdm » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:04 pm

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#165 Post by lzx » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:45 pm

Directed by Mel Gibson, with cinematography by Christopher Doyle... Brilliant

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#166 Post by whaleallright » Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:34 pm

L.A. wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:05 pm
Is this Blu-ray for The Winter of Three Hairs (1949) supposed to be a joke?
Somewhat dubious attribution aside (the pirated Kino logo is a nice touch), I imagine this is an upconvert from a 60p MPEG, ripped from a VCD, that someone posted to a Geocities website ca. 1998?

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#167 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:22 pm

It got restored in 4K last year and 1080p copies of that restoration are circulating online; most likely the Blu-ray was converted from one of those. You can actually watch it legally on CCTV-6's YouTube channel, at least if you don't require subtitles.

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