05. Aug, 2004 19:52 (HKT)

Movies: Dawn Of The Dead Unrated Director's Cut - IVL's Surprise One-Armed Swordman Trilogy Box and more inside!

When there's no more place in hell - the dead will walk the earth. Horror action par excellence delivered with the remake of Dawn Of The Dead, the Exclusive and unrated Director's cut that is yet to be released outside of Asia. This version comes in Anamorphic Wide Screen and is otherwise the same version that will be released in the USA in October. That's good news for our fellow importers. Read more about this title below on this page.

IVL, postponing The New One-Armed Swordsman from it's digitally remastered version roundup - it was planned to be released before the other two One-Armed Swordsman movies - came in for a surprise and put the three One-Armed Swordsman into a box. "If we are releasing all three titles on the same day, why not release them as a Trilogy Box Set?" they might have thought. The news were sort-of provided on 20th of July but the box still came in for a surprise today.

We were able to get a few copies of the standalone titles (they officially do not exist but some distributors seem to have broken up the boxes), some of them are on sale out now - hurry if you want to get a specific one, there will be no restock. Head over to our, not complete but ever growing, Shaw Brothers category. Especially The One-Armed Swordsman is seen as a mile stone in Hong Kong Martial Arts movies and probably has put director Chang Cheh in the position any other Martial Arts movie Director had to compete with.

  • One-Armed Swordsman Trilogy (3 DVD Box-Set)
  • The New One-Armed Swordsman [cancelled]
  • One-Armed Swordsman [cancelled]
  • Return Of The One-Armed Swordsman [cancelled]

    We also had some Shaw Brothers movies released today, though the list is small.
  • The Singing Thief
  • The Informer

    These titles are shipping within our usually anticipated time frame of 1-5 days.

    Other releases of the recent days include the long awaited relaese of the Korean Samaritan Girl, a story about two girls raising money for their trip to Europe thru prostitution. The film won a silver bear in the Berlin Annual Film Festivals and left mixed emotions among our team members. Sure worth a bite are Kelly Chen in Johnnie To's latest, Breaking News and Cecilia Cheung in One Nite In Mongkok, a movie about the life and gangs in Mong Kok (should you not know, Mong Kok is an almost overpopulated area in Hong Kong).

    Not to miss, after the strong dark colored movies mentioned above, Love Is A Many Stupid Thing, a comedy set against Infernal Affairs and not as bad as the title would believe us to. Quite good actually, thanks Wong Jing.

    Before we get back to our movie of the week, we have to announce that the Ghibli DVD Box Set was unfortunately delayed and is set to be released on 19 of August. We'll keep you informed.

    Movie of the Week: Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

    Whilst we were actually looking for the standard version of the movie as distributed by news channels, we found it to be the exclusive directors cut. Being the same version as the yet-to-be released version in the states and in Europe (althought, probably heavily cut in the latter), it, even without being an Asian movie, makes our choise easy.

    Zack Snyder's remake of the 1978 original is rated 7.3/10 on imdb, which alone makes it worth a second look.

    Taken straight from imdb:
    A young female nurse, named Anna, is caught in the middle of a world-wide chaos as flesh-eating zombies begin rising up and taking over the world and attacking the living. She escapes into the streets and is rescued by a black police officer, named Kenneth. Together they find shelter in a mall along with a group of other survivors. For a while everything is ok, but pretty soon, they start running out of food, the power goes out, and the dead keep finding ways to break through their defenses. Realizing they're sitting ducks, they make a plan to head for an island by using two armored mall shuttle busses to get across the sea of zombies.
    Dawn Of The Dead (2004) is available for US$19.90 to ship within 24hrs. Check below for a list of extras.

  • Unrated Director's Cut

    Bonus Materials:
  • Director's Commentary with Director Zack Snyder and Producer Eric Newman
  • Attack of the Living Dead
  • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy of Exploding Heads
  • The Lost Tape: Andy's Terrifying Last Day Revealed
  • Special Report: We Interrupt The Program!
  • Undead Scenes with Commentary by Director Zack Snyder and Producer Eric Newman
  • Raising the Dead
  • Shaun of the Dead Trailer

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