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Any word on a HARD TARGET dir cut from Anchor Bay?


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#1 of 18 OFFLINE   Rollo Lee

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Posted September 20 2001 - 06:01 PM

Any word of a Hard Target director's cut from Anchor Bay or anyone else? I think time has been kinder to this film than a lot of other action flicks. I went from hating it originally to now rather liking it. "I come back, I cut me a steak." Who doesn't love that? Posted Image

Anyway, I happened to see John Woo's workprint version via bootleg tape and it was great! Expanded on the film in all the right ways (though the crowd-pleasing "oops" bit is gone IIRC). I would love to see a cleaned up anamorphic version of it with commentaries by Woo, Arnold Vosloo and Lance Henriksen (separate director & actors tracks though. Unless they're really good friends, there's too much butt-kissing when you put them in the same room).

Anyone else want to see this?

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#2 of 18 OFFLINE   Dmitry

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Posted September 20 2001 - 06:10 PM

Are you kidding? I'm all for it!
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#3 of 18 OFFLINE   Matt_Stevens

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Posted September 20 2001 - 06:28 PM

I have a VHS copy of the Japanese LD, which has the entire finale uncut, the way Woo wanted and it is uber awesome. Just fantastic action. Makes a huge difference. I wish the Japanese DVD was anamorphic. I'd buy it.

I don't really like the extra stuff in the workprint (it wasn't Woo's final cut) but I do wish they had kept in the stuff with Lance Henrickson playing the piano while scenes of game hunting were shown. just brilliant editing and great foreshadowing. Stupid Universal didn't get the scene.

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#4 of 18 OFFLINE   Tom-G

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Posted September 20 2001 - 07:38 PM

Is the region 3 DVD available with all of the excised footage added back in? I'd love to have this movie with all of the extra footage (which I've never seen, but heard it makes a big difference as previously mentioned).

All this plus a dts track on par with the laserdisc would be fantastic!

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#5 of 18 OFFLINE   Bleddyn Williams

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Posted September 20 2001 - 07:45 PM

I recently picked up the R4 version, which adds 4-5 minutes of material. Its not anamorphic, though - unlike the R1.

The extra footage does make a big difference, though, even if this isn't the full director's cut. Read about the additions here....
http://www.michaeldv....ail.asp?ID=879

Its only about $16 from ezyDVD in Australia.


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#6 of 18 OFFLINE   Matt_Stevens

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Posted September 21 2001 - 06:45 AM

PAL?

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#7 of 18 OFFLINE   Jose Q

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Posted September 21 2001 - 08:38 AM

For a moment there I thought you were talking about that Van Damme movie...

#8 of 18 OFFLINE   Matt_Stevens

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Posted September 21 2001 - 08:50 AM

We are. Posted Image

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#9 of 18 OFFLINE   Bleddyn Williams

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Posted September 21 2001 - 09:31 AM

Matt - if your "PAL?" comment was aimed at me, then the answer is yes, the R4 Australia version is PAL.

But that's not an issue for all us new Malata owners!


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#10 of 18 OFFLINE   Matt_Stevens

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Posted September 21 2001 - 09:54 AM

I can't deal with PAL on an English language movie. I just hear the speedup too easily and it drives me crazy. I have yet to be bothered with it while watching foreign language films though.

I am still hoping for an anamorphic Japanese DVD, so that I can view the finale uncut, in glorious 16x9. AND in DTS, since the film was one of the first DTS reelass.

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#11 of 18 OFFLINE   Chad Ferguson

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Posted September 21 2001 - 03:22 PM

I own the bootleg cut of this fim and all i can say is awesome! Woo at the top of his game and so is Van Damme. Why would Anchor Bay release this and not Universal? Also, what is the CHANCE(bad joke) that this will be released?

#12 of 18 OFFLINE   Tom-G

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Posted September 21 2001 - 05:58 PM

Matt, I don't own the Malata DVD player, but from what I understand the PAL speed up on that player is not noticeable.

I know what you mean, though. That difference with the PAL discs does grate on me (I own the Apex DVD player).

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#13 of 18 OFFLINE   Matt_Stevens

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Posted September 21 2001 - 06:05 PM

It's noticeable on the Malata or any other player. Trust me. Posted Image Why oh why can't the world all be on the same system? Posted Image

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#14 of 18 OFFLINE   Tom-G

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Posted September 21 2001 - 06:39 PM

Well that bites the big one! I'm with you, I wish the hell I could watch the R2 DVDs without the speed-up. I suppose I'll just have to move to England. Posted Image

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Posted September 21 2001 - 07:21 PM

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I suppose I'll just have to move to England.
Why? They'll still be sped up, you know?
 

 


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Posted September 22 2001 - 02:03 AM

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I wish the hell I could watch the R2 DVDs without the speed-up.
PAL framerate formatting results in a speed-up no matter where you live. DJ

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Posted September 22 2001 - 07:04 AM

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PAL framerate formatting results in a speed-up no matter where you live.
Ah, I did not know that! Damin, I assumed that if one lives in a country where the PAL format is used, that wouldn't be an issue. I also thought that speed-up was only noticeable when watching a PAL DVD on an NTSC set up. ------------------

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Posted September 22 2001 - 01:17 PM

Hey,
I'd buy one of those in a Second!

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