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.

7 comments:

Wes M said...

I was reading up about this film after your post and it sounds really good, I have to get this. I'm determined to watch my MOC Blu of Mad Detective at the w/end...

A hero never dies said...

Wes, if you like how it sounds then you should love it, it's very whimsical, despite having many of the gangster tropes To does so well. If you do like it, I'd also highly recommend Throwdown which I reviewed a while back.

Daniel Thomas said...

i like 'sparrow'; they were actually filming the umbrella sequence one day when i went to visit my mate at milkyway. got to meet simon yam, who was a super nice bloke...

A hero never dies said...

Tell us more Dan, an inside man @ Milkyway!

A said...

That's a pretty impressive set. Has the company that released that released anything else of interest?

Daniel Thomas said...

I know Martin Chappell - the Sound Design king of Milkyway - here's an interview I did with him back in the days of KFCC - http://www.filmsmash.com/blog/martin-chappell-interview-1.html

I visited the Milkyway building a couple of times - it has a staircase and a goods lift which will be extremely familiar to anyone who has watched Johnnie To films and the middle floor was still in the guise of the police station from 'Mad Detective', which Martin was working on at the time.

Only got to see Martin for a long lunch on my last visit, and when he left me he was dashing off to meet up with Tsui Hark's people to see about doing the new Dragon Inn movie. He'd already done the sound for the Cannes teaser reel at this point and was going to go and chat about doing the whole thing.

A hero never dies said...

Fantastic interview Dan, really enjoyed it thanks for the link. Very cool you got to do that!

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