Here is my latest laserdisc arrival, and it's simply awesome. A French limited edition John Woo box set featuring Hard Boiled and Bullet in the head. I've already shared my Japanese release laserdisc of Hard Boiled here and I have the UK version too so I wasn't overly interested in having another version, so the reason for snapping this up other than my never ending search for cool Hong Kong crap (not that I need any other reason than this!) was the Bullet in the head laserdisc.
The only laserdisc release as far as I knew was released in HK in a cut version so it would fit on one disc, I found this French version trawling ebay. After a little research I found it was released in Germany as well as France on laserdisc. The interesting thing about it is that it's listed as running 132 minutes in PAL format. If this is correct this is a longer version of the film than has been released outside of the Hong Kong special edition dvd from a few years ago. It could be a mistake of course but I will be watching carefully for any differences on this version. I will post back with my findings.
Regardless of if it's a different cut or not, it's a really cool box set, with separate sleeves for each film and an oversized booklet on Woo and the two films (all in French of course). It just goes to show, the French were treating Hong Kong cinema with the respect it deserved way back in 1993, not just more recently. Mine is number 182 of 2000.