Entries tagged Zhang Ziyi
Sina.com has released a first trailer for Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster starring Tony Leung as Ip Man and Zhang Ziyi. The trailer is somewhat less colorful that Wong Kar-Wai’s former works, but let’s wait and see if his biopic about Bruce Lee’s master can beat Wilson Yips’s two films starring Donnie Yen.
Kommen wir zum letzten Tag der großen Geburtstagsaktion, bei der es diesmal ein kleines rotes Schmuckstück zu gewinnen gibt. Nämlich die koreanische Ultimate Edition (Fotogalerie) von Yimou Zhangs Hero (Ying Xiong).
Die Aufgabe für heute: Nennt in den Kommentaren eine alternative Nachricht, die Nameless (Jet Li) dem König hätte überbringen können/sollen/müssen.
Achtung: Heute habt ihr nur bis 21 Uhr Zeit eure Kommentare abzugeben, danach werden die Gewinner der Geburtstagsaktionswoche ermittelt und bekannt gegeben.
Second, almost four minutes long trailer for directors Sanping Han and Jianxin Huang’s take on the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, The Founding of A Republic (Jian Guo Da Ye) starring…well, almost every Chinese actor possible.
Well, good job Miramax! After several tries, a studio finally manages to release a Blu-ray Disc release of Zhang Yimou’s Hero where the picture quality doesn’t remind me of a mediocre DVD release just to neglect another important factor of the HD medium.
Audio: This is a flaw – the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 4200 kbps is wonderfully dynamic and strong – but it is only for the English DUB! The original Mandarin Chinese audio is relegated to a 640 kbps at 5.1. So, they give the DUB a lossless HD and the film’s original audio isn’t even rate DTS.
According to the review on DVD Beaver, Miramax only included a lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track for the dreadful English dub while the original Mandarin audio (as well as the French and Spanish dub) only got a lossy Dolby Digital track running at 640 kbps! Just for comparison, the over five year old Korean Ultimate Edition DVD release includes a full rate DTS track running at 1509 kbps!
Of course, many buyers of Blu-ray Discs rather look for the improved picture quality possible on the medium to show off their new shiny HDTV set than the ability to enjoy lossless audio tracks but when Miramax is asking for a premium price for this release (44.99US$ MSRP, currently 29.99US$ at Amazon.com), they should also offer premium quality! For me (and I hope I’m not the only one) this means to include the original audio in the best quality possible!
[via AVS Forum]
Normally I wouldn’t write an entry about the trailer for Jian Guo Da Ye (The Great Cause of China’s Foundation/Founding of the Nation), a tale of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China but it somehow amazes me how the producers managed to convince about every Chinese superstars to wear a uniform and smirk into the camera. I clearly recognized Andy Lau, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei and Tony Leung but couldn’t find names for some other familiar faces. I think I saw John Woo (1:21) and Chow Yun Fat (1:11) but they don’t even appear on the cast listing…
Jian Guo Da Ye will open on October 1st to celebrate the People’s Republic 60 anniversary.
Here’s something nice for you steelbook lovers from our friendly neighbours in the UK. While Sony Pictures USA decided to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon only as a part of a Blu-ray Trilogy Box together with House of Flying Daggers (cut) and Curse of the Golden Flower (Code A) on July 14, British film lover can enjoy Ang Lee’s masterpiece on Blu-ray without the extra weight (film wise), over a week earlier (UK release is on July 6th) and in a sweet steelbook package.
At the moment only the Jersey based retailer Play.com shows the steely package but I think/hope that other retailers will offer this edition as well since the product description says nothing about this being an Play.com exclusive.
Update: Someone in the German Cinefacts forum got his steelbook from dvd.co.uk today, so I guess it’s available everywhere. Update²: Amazon.co.uk also ships steelbooks.