Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Running Out of Time BR & Other Matters

We've all been making do with sub-standard dvd's of Johnny To's Running out of Time for, well, quite some time. The HK version, which has been run through my machine more than a dozen times, has a barely audible sound mix and soft, jittery pictures. Not a great print element, either.

Be frustrated no more because Fortune Star's Blu-Ray is something special. The print element is surprisingly clean with only speckles here and there. It's never distracting. The quality of the transfer is high, the images crisp, the blues holding their own as blues often don't.

High praise, of course, must go to the distributor's recreation of the soundtrack. Finally, Raymond Wong's incredible score can be heard in all its sonic glory clearly and with a great deal of body and oomph.

If you've never seen the film, I envy you the experience of watching it for the first time. If you're already a fan, step right up and snag this stellar release from KAM and Ronson/Fortune Star.

Perhaps Milky Way will provide us with an equally gorgeous print element for an A Hero Never Dies Blu-Ray?

While on the subject of extraordinary film scores, I must point you towards the Avex Trax (Japan) release of Lee Dong June's score for Tae Guk Gi (aka The Brotherhood of War aka Brotherhood; 2004).

It's a big, sumptuous, emotionally transporting work.

The CD features some cues not found in the film and the music used in the trailer.

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