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Old 11-12-01, 08:03 PM
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Damn fine HKL news

Holy crap - I dont believe that this was missed. Damn, this is some good news! I found this on


Hong Kong Legends' domination of the huge (and growing) UK market for martial arts cinema is virtually complete following the inking this week of a major deal with Golden Princess, arguably the last independently held prestigious catalogue of classic Hong Kong movies.

The result of more than a year of negotiations gives the much respected UK label access to another vast library. Seventeen carefully selected gems have initially been agreed on a long term licence, covering all rights including theatrical. Naturally, HKL intends to weave its 'magic' over every new title in preparation for each sumptuous DVD release: every film will be painstakingly restored frame-by-frame with soundtracks digitally remastered and Special Features sourced and/or created to make each release a genuine collectors' item.

The line-up is sensational. There are several universally acknowledged masterpieces from director John Woo including The Killer, his personal favourite Bullet In The Head, Once A Thief and A Better Tomorrow 2. In addition there's Ringo Lam's classic City On Fire, which Quentin Tarantino freely admits was the blueprint for Reservoir Dogs, and a string of great movies by Once Upon A Time In China director Tsui Hark including all three of the much demanded A Chinese Ghost Story series and A Better Tomorrow 3. A full list of titles is attached.

This major deal is another important element in HKL's plans. Since the label's launch 18 months ago it has gone from strength to strength, building an unparallelled brand reputation among DVD collectors. HKL has expanded into the Benelux countries and will continue this expansion with further announcements in the near future.

The Golden Princess deal brings the total HKL catalogue of potential releases to over 200 movies, representing virtually all the best Hong Kong productions ever made. Having just completed the deal, neither label manager Brian White nor parent company Medusa Communications' executive director Steve Rivers can confirm plans regarding DVD scheduling or possible theatrical releases for any of these new titles.

The titles are:
1. The Killer
2. Bullet In The Head (Kabong's note: yes they know about the longer version)
3. A Better Tomorrow 2 (Kabong's note: HKL does not own the rights to A Better Tomorrow)
4. A Better Tomorrow 3
5. Once A Thief
6. City On Fire
7. Prison on Fire
8. Prison on Fire 2
9. A Chinese Ghost Story
10. A Chinese Ghost Story 2
11. A Chinese Ghost Story 3
12. The Swordsman
13. City Wars
14. Peking Opera Blues
15. Triads: The Inside Story
16. The Big Heat
17. Tiger on the Beat
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Old 11-12-01, 08:05 PM
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This is indeed great news but alas, we've already covered this topic here:

Thanks though.
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