August 04, 2006


There's been a lot of backing and forthing over the special features on the Weinstein Company's SHA PO LANG DVD, KILLZONE. First there were special features, then they seemed to be getting pulled back. Now, Brian White, formerly of Hong Kong Legends, and currently the head of post production at TWC and the gentleman who actually puts these DVDs together, has gotten in touch and given us the lowdown on what's definitely going to be on the KILLZONE disc and why these changes have been made. I'm turning the rest of this post over to Brian:

16:9 Anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TVs (With no alterations or cuts)
Dual Language Format (Cantonese with re-mastered English Subtitles and English Dubbed)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio tracks (Cantonese & English)
DTS Audio track (Cantonese)
A feature-length audio commentary with Hong Kong Cinema Expert, Bey Logan

Born to be Bad: an exclusive featurette with incomparable martial arts legend, Sammo Hung
First amongst Equals: an exclusive featurette with legendary leading man and action-director, Donnie Yen
Echoes of Darkness: an exclusive featurette with prolific co-star, Simon Yam
A Dragon Rising: an exclusive featurette with explosive lead-villain, Jacky Wu
A Man Apart: an exclusive featurette with visionary director, Wilson Yip
Anatomy of a scene featurette: Alleycats (With optional commentary by action director, Donnie Yen, and Bey Logan)
Anatomy of a scene featurette: Challenge of the Masters (With optional commentary by action director, Donnie Yen, and Bey Logan)
Kill Zone: A 'making of' documentary
Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer
US Promotional Trailer
4 x Hong Kong TV Spots
Fully animated interactive menus

I would also like to pick up on a few concerns that your readers may have concerning the specification change:

1. Audio Commentary: We are naturally disappointed that Donnie's schedule did not allow him to engage in the recording of the feature-commentary, but he has been incredibly supportive of this project and has provided one hour of audio commentary for the two 'Anatomy of a Scene' featurettes, as well as a great 'to camera' interview, which is the backbone of the 40 minute 'First Amongst Equals' featurette.

2. Never Before Seen Footage: Far from being cancelled, the "Never Before Seen Footage" content has now been dramatically expanded. Each of the featurettes on the DVD showcases a significant amount of previously unseen 'behind-the-scenes footage', including rehearsal footage for a Donnie Yen fight sequence that was cut from the final print of the movie. The two 'Anatomy of a Scene' featurettes are composed entirely of Grade A behind-the-scenes footage:
Alleycats features Donnie Yen fighting Jacky Wu in the alleyway sequence and Challenge of the Masters showcases his climactic battle with Sammo Hung. If you want to get an insight into just how amazing and talented these guys really are, you need to check this out!

3. Breaking News / Hong Kong Press Conference footage: I had to make a decision to pull this off the disc to make room for all the new exclusive behind-the-scenes footage we recently uncovered. I am convinced the fans will find the replacement content much more compelling, as a good proportion is action-based, and gives a fascinating insight into how the fight sequences were created for this movie.

4. Martial Arts Demonstration By Jacky Wu: This has not been cancelled; the footage has been incorporated into Jacky's A Dragon rising featurette instead.

5. Anatomy Of A Scene Featurettes:  both featurettes definitively include an optional commentary by Bey Logan and Donnie Yen in the finalized specification.

Here's the finalized cover art for the disc as well.


August 4, 2006 at 10:50 AM in News | Permalink


fuck me in the ass!

this is awesome

and don't fuck me in the ass, i was kididng about that.

Posted by: quadshock | Aug 4, 2006 11:03:08 AM

That's more like it!

Posted by: Peter Martin | Aug 4, 2006 1:27:10 PM

Also, just a quick correction: Brian White does the post-production for the Asian Dragon Dynasty DVD titles only, not for the whole Weinstein Company line.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Aug 4, 2006 2:32:04 PM

That's not too different. It's still got the same horrible cover and even worse title. Windy, Bey Logan only commentary on the film. The press conference is on the HK version anyway. I can't believe Donnie, of all films, couldn't find a way to do the commentary on this one. Not saying anything about the disc, but shame on him. Truly.

Someone should get in touch with Hkflix because they were told of the changes by the manufacturer. Someone is not communicating.

And for heaven's sakes it Wu Jing! Jacky Wu? Please.

I'm still getting mine, but I think I'll give it to my friend. She hasn't seen this yet. If only they'd just sell the featurette disc I'd be somewhat excited.

Posted by: Screaming Mimi | Aug 4, 2006 3:44:47 PM

Wish someone had asked how the $#%@ they decided that KILL ZONE was an acceptable title. No alterations or cuts - does that mean that the print still carries the English title SPL? Oh well, at least they're talking fairly openly about the release.

Posted by: Rhythm-X | Aug 4, 2006 6:13:18 PM

Also, note the Criterion-style spine number. Now what's "2"?

Posted by: Rhythm-X | Aug 4, 2006 6:14:56 PM

When an ordinary man stepped into a digital pit of angry fans, and attempted to defend an extraordinarly poorly renamed film, he stepped into:


Posted by: Simon Abrams | Aug 7, 2006 10:18:22 AM

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