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Old 10-26-06, 08:56 AM
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The Banquet HK DVD

The Banquet starring Zhang Ziyi is due out on November 4th in both single and double DVD sets. Being how the CD-Wow search engine doesn't always find something that's there, has anyone been able to find a link to either (preferably the 2-disc)? I'm sure prices would be cheaper than Yesasia.
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Old 10-26-06, 09:54 AM
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its a little too early for cd-wow. I'm sure in a day or two it will be there. Its happened with some of the other recent releases.
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Old 10-27-06, 07:09 AM
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The 2-disc Limited Edition is up now at CD-WOW. Price is $17.95 after discount link......very nice pricing when compared to Yesasia ($25.49).

For what it's worth, the new IVL Shaws are up too. I guess I should give up waiting for the recent HK DVD "My Name is Fame" and maybe pick it up elsewhere.
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Old 10-27-06, 08:33 AM
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Awesome. Thanks.
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Old 10-29-06, 08:23 AM
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So, how's the movie?
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Old 10-29-06, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Josh Z
So, how's the movie?
All of the reviews that I have read about this movie were lukewarm at best. At least it wasn't critically panned as "The Promise".
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Old 10-29-06, 11:36 AM
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The only review of this film I have found is this review.
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Old 10-29-06, 12:31 PM
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Regarding "The Banquet" at CD-WOW...

Originally Posted by flixtime
The 2-disc Limited Edition is up now at CD-WOW. Price is $17.95 after discount link......very nice pricing when compared to Yesasia ($25.49).

For what it's worth, the new IVL Shaws are up too. I guess I should give up waiting for the recent HK DVD "My Name is Fame" and maybe pick it up elsewhere.
I'm looking forward to ordering this one as well. Where does CD-WOW ship out of? Are they USA based or England? Usually I get most of my dvd's from YESASIA but this Wow place definitely has a price advantage. Help me out on this, do they ship Media Mail or 1st Class. Thanks.
Also, regarding the press reviews on THE BANQUET, there have been more positive than negative. For another take on this film one should visit the Canadian based http://www.twitchfilm.net and read their two reviews by both Todd and Mack:

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Old 10-29-06, 01:33 PM
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I'm looking forward to ordering this one as well. Where does CD-WOW ship out of? Are they USA based or England? Usually I get most of my dvd's from YESASIA but this Wow place definitely has a price advantage. Help me out on this, do they ship Media Mail or 1st Class. Thanks.
All my CDWow orders of R2-UK and R3 titles were shipped from HK via airmail and arrived here in NJ within a week.

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Old 10-29-06, 03:30 PM
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Is there English subtitles on the second disc?


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Old 10-29-06, 06:17 PM
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It seems like The Promise and The Banquet have the awesome trailer-bad movie syndrome. If it's better than The Promise, then it can't be that bad...im definitely buying it...
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Old 10-29-06, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by toddly6666
If it's better than The Promise, then it can't be that bad...
Trust me, there are many levels of awfulness above The Promise. A movie can be better than The Promise and still be quite bad.

That said, this one looks pretty interesting and I did like A World Without Thieves (then again, I liked Farewell My Concubine and that didn't mean anything).
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Old 10-30-06, 07:05 AM
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I've seen Banquet and I liked it.

*IT IS NOT AN ACTION MOVIE AT ALL* It is a Chinese rendition of Hamlet. Do not go into this movie thinking that you are going to see the next "Crouching Tiger" or "Hero". Consider you are going to see "Hamlet", and that is what you should expect. It's a 2.5 hour Shakespear play. It would be like a Nicole Kidman remaking Hamlet in terms of pacing The sets are nice to look at, and since they based the entire film on Hamlet there aren't many major plotholes. I'm guessing the reason it hasn't gained North American dist (or a buzz) is because of the fact it's not an action/kung fu film at all, and that seems to be the draw for Chinese films in North American right now. On a side note, Ziyi Zhang gives a fantastic performance, maybe her best yet. I reviewed it for this site;

http://www.cinephelia.com/movie_detail.asp?PK=302
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Old 11-02-06, 02:28 PM
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It's ok. Not as bad as the Promise, but it's no award winner. The biggest misconception about this, as a previous poster said, is that you see Zhang Ziyi and Yuen Woo Ping and think this is an action epic. IT IS DEFINITLEY NOT. There are extremely long "talky" sections where literally nothing happens.

I'll hold out for the R1 release to see if it warms up on me.
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Old 11-03-06, 03:36 AM
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compare with Korean version:


http://www.dvdasian.com/cgi-bin/dvdasian/23195.html
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Originally Posted by Gimbob
It's listed as uncut at 134 min. -- so the MegaStar version (131 min.) is cut?
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Originally Posted by cine
It's listed as uncut at 134 min. -- so the MegaStar version (131 min.) is cut?
According the Derek Elley's review in Variety when it was reviewed from the Venice Film festival it ran 129 minutes.
Camera (Technicolor prints, widescreen), Zhang Li; editor, Liu Miaomiao; music, Tan Dun; piano, Lang Lang; vocals, Teng Geer, Zhou Xun, Zhang Liangying; production-costume designer, Tim Yip; sound (Dolby Digital), Wang Danrong; action choreography, Yuen's Stunt Team; visual effects supervisor, Phil Jones; visual effects producer, Jiang Yanming. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (non-competing), Sept. 2, 2006. (Also in Toronto Film Festival -- Gala Presentations.) Running time: 129 MIN.

Maybe it has to do with Pal vs NTSC conversion??
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134 - 4% = ~129.

I'd think that whatever played at the Venice Film Festival would have been projected on film, though, not PAL video.
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Originally Posted by Josh Z
134 - 4% = ~129.

I'd think that whatever played at the Venice Film Festival would have been projected on film, though, not PAL video.
Good Point Josh Z!!! hmmm...we'll just have to wait to read any dvd reviews as they appear.
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CD-Wow just shipped mine.
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Old 11-03-06, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Josh Z
So, how's the movie?
I saw this about 10 days ago at the Hawaii International Film Festival. It was a complete madhouse! I had to actually sit in the 3rd row, and my sister in the 1st.

I enjoyed the story, and the cast was fine. It was way too much "wire fu" type of stuff and too violent for my tastes, though. I haven't seen "The Promise" to make a comparison.
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Old 11-06-06, 04:35 PM
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FYI, I just picked up the regular 2-disc edition of this movie at my local store. The only difference between this and the 2-disc limited edition is a photo book and the cool black cover. Otherwise the contents of the discs are identical.
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Is there English subtitles on the second disc?
I'll answer myself...

The bonus features are not subtitled in English.
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