#9. Peking Opera Blues HKR Definitive Edition Blu-ray
In the wake of China's first democratic revolution, three beautiful, high-spirited young women from very different backgrounds cross paths in a common quest for liberation. Fateful circumstances find the three joining forces as they muster the courage and fortitude to become female warriors.
Tsui Hark's satirical commentary on Chinese Democracy, Peking Opera Blues, expertly weaves comedy, drama, and high-flying acrobatics into a lavish, colorful production, not unlike Chinese opera itself. The film's kinetic energy never slows down and propels each scene to the next, yet never loses sight of it's character's intertwined motivations. Truly worthy of it's many high praises, it remains an endearing classic of Hong Kong cinema, as well as a creative high point of Hark's illustrious career.
What makes our version special:
HKR is proud to present one of the best films in Hong Kong cinema history that has been sorely neglected and disrespected on home video up until now.
We've done everything in our power to rectify this injustice by restoring the video, syncing up the best sounding audio tracks and perfectly timing up brand new English subtitles from an accurate translation for a flawless presentation.
Restoration and Color Correction
Dirt, dust, scratches and broken frames were removed from the transfer and we applied some color correction to produce a more vibrant picture. Every DVD and Blu-ray release of this title was missing the opening and closing text that puts the film's narrative in historical context. Using a laserdisc reference, we fully restored this on-screen text to it's original condition. The result is that Hong Kong Rescue's definitive edition provides the first way to see this film completely uncut in nearly thirty years.
Our release includes a NEW line-by-line translation of all the dialogue to create the best and most accurate English subtitles available for this film.
There are two songs that play during the film, both sung by Sally Yeh.
The first, "Just Another Drama Play" plays during the opening of the film and during the credits. The second, "I Can't Escape", plays during a brief scene at around the 1 hour mark.
Both have been subtitled in English for the first time.
Great sounding audio:
Most audio tracks available for this film sound terrible, so we searched for a great sounding source for the original audio. Finally we found it in the Golden Cinema City laserdisc, a thirty year old release.
It sounds phenomenal, with dynamic range that modern lossy tracks can't match.
Disc 1 Features:
- Exclusive Restoration - Dirt, dust and scratches were removed and the uncut original theatrical version was reconstructed from two sources. The opening titles were restored as well.
- Restored Opening & Closing Text - The opening and closing text present on the original theatrical release has finally, after more than thirty years, been restored.
- Continuity Error Fixed - A strange continuity error towards the end of the film where the sky changes from gray to blue has been fixed.
- The most accurate subtitles - Completely rewritten and exclusive to HKR. Subtitles for the theme songs "Just Another Drama Play" and "I Can't Escape" have been created as well.
- Authored to the highest standard - Professional menus with seamless navigation and chapter and audio selection combine in a release that is polished in all facets.
Cantonese 2.0 LPCM (Golden Cinema City LD)
Cantonese 2.0 LPCM (Joy Sales HK DVD)
Cantonese Remix 7.1 DTS-HD
Mandarin Remix 5.1 DTS-HD
Asian Cinema Film Club Podcast Commentary
Disc 2 Special Features
A Fan's Collection - Ep. 2 – 18:25
Image Gallery – 29:01
The Restoration – 4:18
Tsui Hark Interviews – 36:09
Sally Yeh Interview – 7:44
James Wong Interview – 8:09
Mash Up Video – 5:06
What Is Peking Opera? – 55:18
Yin + Yang - Gender In Chinese Cinema – 1:19:00
Portrait of Lin Ching Hsia – 1:25:29
Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show – 27:17
Music Videos – 5:23
Sally Yeh Karaoke – 1:16:41
Wu Ma In Memoriam – 4:03
Chinese Cinema Promo – 5:38
Theatrical Trailer – 5:47
Hong Kong Rescue - 1:36
Total Length of Special Features: 7 hours, 5 minutes
- 2x 50gb Blu-ray discs packed to the limit
- These discs are region-free
- We ship worldwide