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January 10, 2007

THE PROTECTOR DVD REVIEW

The Protector key artI'm not a big fan of Tony Jaa's TOM YUM GOONG and somehow THE PROTECTOR was even worse. The idea of watching it again hurts my soul and makes black water drip out my ears. So Running Man, a frequent commentator here, has taken pity on me and done a deep, technical, comprehensive, exhaustive review of the disc, comparing it to all other versions of the movie in existence now or in the future.

Go read it and please try not to think about how many brain cells he lost by exposing himself to the toxic fumes radiating off this disc.

January 10, 2007 at 09:19 AM in DVD Reviews | Permalink

Comments

Okay, as much as I love beating up on the Weinsteins, let me say that Tom Yum Goong was a film that could have benefited from their intrusiveness. That film was like a few set pieces with more ridiculousness than a Chuck Norris pic.

Harvey, call up Tarantino and chop up that film some more (just leave the HK stuff alone).

Posted by: glenn | Jan 10, 2007 1:54:20 PM

I was actually hoping the re-edit would help TOM YUM GOONG as well, since I don't think it's a great movie and it could have benefitted greatly from having the fat trimmed. But the re-edit that was done was so artless that I was really disappointed.

Mind you, half the re-edit was done by the sales agent so you can't blame the Weinstein Company for it. They received damaged goods.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Jan 10, 2007 4:44:49 PM

"Okay, as much as I love beating up on the Weinsteins, let me say that Tom Yum Goong was a film that could have benefited from their intrusiveness. That film was like a few set pieces with more ridiculousness than a Chuck Norris pic."

I think if it just had more rdiculouness of a Chuck Norris flick it would have still made a better movie.

I also agree that altering Tom Yum Goong would have made for a better movie. However, that does not mean in any sense of the word that ANY chopped of version of Tom Yum Goong is better than Tom Yum Goong because The Protector is an abomination on all levels.

So no, what Harvey did to this movie did not improve it at all. It was worse.

What would have improved this movie was smart changes. Not random hacking.

Posted by: the running man | Jan 10, 2007 7:16:43 PM

Great comparisons. You know, I have yet to hear a Bey Logan commentary track, and after reading the comparisons, I'm not sure I'll ever want to.

The first re-edit, which I call the "international cut" was asked for by international sales agent TF1. It was done by director Prachya Pinkaew.

Anyway, no amount of editing can help this become a better movie. It's like trying to use Photoshop to improve an image that was bad to begin with. It is what it is - insane Thai action cinema. Making sense is secondary to an action hero who leads with his elbows and knees.

Posted by: wisekwai | Jan 11, 2007 2:15:45 AM

"It is what it is - insane Thai action cinema. Making sense is secondary to an action hero who leads with his elbows and knees."

Amen, many a HK classic suffers from the same weaknesses.

Posted by: daniel | Jan 11, 2007 8:17:00 AM

Grady, you had to remind me of this movie? I had already put one of the worst of 2006 behind me... Fortunately, Tears of the Black Tiger (out now!) was kept fairly intact before Magnolia picked up after languishing in Weinstein land for years.

Posted by: EDouglas | Jan 13, 2007 9:33:39 PM

wow you have serious problems when it comes to reviewing movies, not trying to sound smart here at all but seriously this is one of the best martial arts movies i've ever seen granted the editing in the protector was aweful but the original tom yum goong was amazing tony ja's unlimited skill against countless enemies and that fantastic 4 minute fight scene, if for nothing else that should grant this movie a fantastic review.

Posted by: Hateshi | Jan 21, 2007 2:43:39 PM

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