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Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979) (Blu-ray) (1 Viewer)

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Before he became known as the master of the bullet-riddled heroic tragedy, John Woo sharpened his trademark themes and kinetic action choreography with this whirlwind wuxia spectacle. Unaware they are caught in a deadly game of deception, a pair of rambunctious swordsmen (Wai Pak and Damian Lau) join forces to help a nobleman (Lau Kong) in his quest for vengeance. Paying thrilling homage to his mentor, martial-arts innovator Chang Cheh, Woo delivers both bravura swordplay set pieces and a bloodstained interrogation of the meaning of brotherhood and honor in a world in which loyalty is bought and sold.

FILM INFO​

  • Hong Kong
  • 1979
  • 106 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Cantonese
  • Spine #1174

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

    • 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio and uncompressed monaural soundtracks
    • Alternate English-dubbed tracks
    • Audio interview with director John Woo
    • New interview with Grady Hendrix, author of These Fists Break Bricks
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by scholar Aaron Han Joon Magnan-Park

      New cover designed and illustrated by Alphaville

      March 14, 2023
 

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Hope this leads to them getting the rights back to Hard Boiled and The Killer.
 

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As I just wrote in another thread, what I really want for a John Woo release from Criterion is some sort of "ultimate edition" of Bullet in the Head.
 

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Hope this leads to them getting the rights back to Hard Boiled and The Killer.
Unfortunately those are with a property management company and rumor has it that they aren't interested in licensing out titles, they want to dump the entire Golden Princess catalog. Which is likely too much money for any boutique. Add to that there are a lot of titles in the catalog that just aren't marketable outside HK. (Although, if Criterion could afford it, they could just dump the unmarketable stuff on the Criterion Channel)
 

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