Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Johnnie To's Throwdown Coming To Blu Ray


In my review of Johnnie To's Throwdown (Read it here) I said how eagerly awaiting a blu ray release I was, well it's due to be released on the 9th of August and my order is in already. It's a little bit of a risk I suppose being a Kam & Ronson disc but the fact it's a relatively recent film means it should be a high quality release. I'm hoping the bump to high definition will be fantastic for this already gorgeous looking movie. Cheng Siu Keung's photography is some of the best I've seen in a Hong Kong movie and those wonderful colours should really pop.

Once the disc arrives I'll post a verdict on the quality of the blu ray, fingers crossed it does this wonderful movie justice!

15 comments:

mr c said...

Another Johnny To film that slipped through the cracks for me which sounds like i might enjoy! Maybe, i'll wait on your verdict with the Blu Ray before I pick this up on any old version.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I haven't seen this one either. Will have to keep an eye out for that disc.

A hero never dies said...

Mr C. The film is pretty off kilter but if you get into it's vibe you should love it! The thing that makes me think the blu ray should be really good is the excellent quality of the Tai Seng dvd.Welcome to the blog and thank you for commenting!

A hero never dies said...

Bonjour Tristesse, In case you haven't noticed I'm a huge fan of Johnnie To and Throwdown is one of my favourites of his movies. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Welcome to the blog and thanks for commenting!

Wes M said...

Memo to self - Must watch Mad Detective at w/end !!

A hero never dies said...

Have you seen many To films Wes?

Wes M said...

Exiled is the only one I've seen, I have yet to grab some time to watch the Mad Detective Blu. I know, embarassing... I'll just get my coat...

A hero never dies said...

Exiled was a great place to start! I'm a little jealous Wes that you (potentially) have so many great films of his to discover. Hope you love them as much as I do!

Wes M said...

I was reading up on Throwdown and it sounds really great, I'm definitely gonna see that...

So Mart, how about a Johnnie To Top 5 For Beginners, if you please !

A hero never dies said...

Right Wes,

1. The Mission - Exiled was a pseudo sequel to this. Along with Chungking express my favourite Hong Kong movie.

2. Election 1 & 2 - Maybe cheating putting them together but they were originally to be one film I believe. Fantastically absorbing look at the politics of the triad world. Excellent cinematography, scoring and acting in both.

3. Throwdown - I'm sure you've read me review linked above!

4. A Hero never dies - The film that gave this blog inspiration, I've been working on a review of this film for months and I just can't quite get it right. A Sergio Leone inspired Heroic Bloodshed spoof/melodrama with a fucking huge performance from Lau Ching Wan in the cowboy hat that is my avatar. Most people either love it or hate it!

5. PTU - Incredible cinematography lights up this deceptively simple tale of a cop losing his gun and the attempts of him and his colleagues to retrieve it over the course of a night.

It's really hard to leave so many of the others out Wes, The Longest nite, The Odd one dies , Sparrow , Vengeance (terribly underrated) and Running out of time which is a much more mainstream blockbuster style movie but that has plenty of To moments and another great Lau Ching Wan masterclass. That's without even mentioning Mad detective!

Wes M said...

Fantastic stuff Mart... Now just to track down the best versions of all those films. Luckily I have the MOC Blu of Mad Detective and the MegaStar Blu of Exiled to start off with...

A hero never dies said...

The blu ray versions of the Election movies, PTU, Sparrow and Vengeance are all pretty good. A Hero never dies and The Odd one dies don't currently have anything approaching an acceptable dvd release anywhere in the world.

Mark Ayala said...

Throwdown is one of To's best! The scene in the end among the plants with the cityscape in the background is one of the most gorgeous scenes in any contemporary Hong Kong film. There's a weird sense of humor running through the film too with the cute would-be nightclub singer.

I hope the Blu-Ray ends up looking good. I have Mad Detective, Exiled, Vengeance, Election 1+2 and Sparrow and each one sports a fantastic image (with no special features aside from the MoC's Mad Detective). Still need to pick up PTU and Running on Karma to complete the To films on Blu-Ray.

And Wes, The Mission is a must see. It's a crime film about friendship, like Exiled, and made almost on the fly. I'm pretty sure it's one of To's features where he had a basic idea and just started filming and coming up with everything on the way filming in sequence. It has a freewheeling, loose, almost independent film style to it.

A. said...

The Mission also lacks a strong DVD with English subtitles.

A hero never dies said...

Mark, Another Throwdown fan, excellent! The scene you mention is beautiful. The whole film is gorgeous, some of the best night photography of HK captured for me.

Don't forget Breaking news from your list of To blu rays, although it isn't up to the standard of his best, I still feel it's a little underrated.

The Mission was made pretty much like you say, but it has a surprising amount of depth, due to the sharply drawn relationships between the characters. It also has style to burn and some of my favourite action sequences from anything.

A. Yes, it still doesn't have a decent english subbed dvd available.

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