Monday, June 20, 2011
Johnnie To's Sparrow UK Limited Edition Dvd Box Set
Another of Johnnie To's personal projects, Sparrow was surprisingly picked up by Terracotta distribution for a limited cinema release in the UK. I say surprisingly as it's not a particularly marketable film to western audiences. Other than having the Johnnie To brand, it isn't an easy sell to what is perceived by the dvd companies as the usual buyers of Asian movies such as the Asian extreme crowd or kung fu fans.
I'm not sure how I missed this dvd release but in early May while the movie was still showing in cinemas Terracotta released a limited three disc edition of Sparrow. As well as the movie, a second dvd with the extras from the Hong Kong release and more importantly, as far as I'm aware the worldwide dvd premiere of Yves Montmayeur's documentary Johnnie got his gun. As an added bonus a cd of the wonderful soundtrack by Xavier Jamaux and Fred Avril is included as a third disc.
The film is scheduled to be released again in September as a normal release, I'm not sure if this means as a stand alone disc or with the documentary but will certainly be missing the cd. I already have the HK blu ray and I've previously posted about the soundtrack, so buying this was all about the documentary. Once I've had a chance to watch it I will post a review.