Sunday, January 07, 2007

[DVD] Exiled (Fong Juk) (2006)

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Continuing the focus on Hong Kong actor Francis Ng, who was in town this week to promote his new movie, the local production One Last Dance, I actually bought this DVD in the hopes of getting it autographed, during the talk at the National Library. I guess I could have, given an extremely remote opportunity, but chickened out. Anyway you can read more about the week in an earlier summarized post, with press conference videos, interview segments and a talk.

Nonetheless I've watched this movie last year, and it was quite fun, especially the countless of standoffs amongst the characters, and the awesome soundtrack comprised of mean guitar riffs. You can read the review of the movie here, which I will not repeat in this post, though somehow I liked the movie a lot more, having watched it again, and repeated some of the gunfire scenes just to admire the way it was shot (pun not intended). That's one of the bonus of watching it on DVD, though the major plus point is that you can enjoy it in the original language intended - Cantonese.

The Code 3 DVD by Scorpio East comes with 3 language tracks. You can choose the Mandarin Dolby 2.0 track, or I'd recommend either the Cantonese 5.1 or 2.0 tracks. I say again, nothing beats watching a Hong Kong movie, in Cantonese. The Mandarin dub sometimes sound funny, especially when you've heard the actor's actual voice before and cannot fathom someone else voicing him over. For those who cannot understand the languages, you can opt for the English or Mandarin subtitles, which are pretty accurate translations. Visual transfer is brilliantly crystal clear, and I suppose it should be since it's not from a film which is dated or from the archives.

3 other movie trailers are included in the DVD besides Exiled's, with One Last Dance (in Mandarin with English subtitles), Protege (an upcoming crime drama starring Andy Lau, written and directed by Derek Yee), and Battle of Wits (also starring Andy Lau).

The only extra in this edition is the Making Of, which is in Cantonese, with Mandarin subtitles only. Contains interviews with the cast and director Johnny To as they talk about their characters, and the philosophy behind the movie, on fate, friendship, love and brotherhood, interspersed with clips of the production process. Naturally it contains crucial scenes and key revelations, so watch this only after you've watched the movie. The Making Of clocks in at 12 minutes.

The DVD autostarts the movie, so make your menu selection swiftly to avoid hitting on the menu button to get back to setting it all up again.

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