"Shaolin Soccer" -- soccer via "The Matrix"

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  1. Brad_V

    Brad_V Second Unit

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    You know, I always wondered when someone was going to use "bullet-time" technology for something really worthwhile....

    But, until that happens, there's "Shaolin Soccer." Being in the U.S., this is the first I've heard of the movie, even though it's been available through Asian distributors for awhile now. I guess Miramax plans to release it in U.S. theaters (or at least to video stores) next spring.

    Stephen Chow(?) is a kung-fu comedy guy, and he wrote and stars in the movie. Pulled-off-the-street soccer players who learn the ancient ways and powers of the Shaolin monks/priests to defeat an evil team-owner and win a soccer championship. Plenty of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-type flying, soccer balls kicked so hard they develop flames behind them and create whirlwinds on the ground, etc.

    I just finished watching it without subtitles, and even not understanding half of what was going on it was still funny. The Bruce Lee-ish goalie is great stuff.

    Just thought I'd post a heads-up for anyone who likes this kind of off-the-wall stuff and hadn't heard of it before. It's definitely... different. And fun.
     
  2. Michael St. Clair

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    What is the best way to buy the original version with subtitles? The US theatrical version is going to be edited...
     
  3. Adam Tyner

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    Out of stock at HKFlix and TektickerDVD, unfortunately, and seems unlikely to return anytime soon. The currently available DVD is really great.
    I wrote a review a while ago at http://dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=3007 . I apologize in advance for the low quality of the review, but it's positive, at least...
     
  4. Jason Whyte

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    This movie is absolutely insane. It makes no bloody sense whatsoever, and yet is so funny and so wild that you swear the Soccer Balls were made by Acme. [​IMG] Nothing really much happens in the film aside from a few kung-fu soccer games, and the visual effects range from good to downright awful (some of the worst I've seen in a major-budget film in over ten years), but really, how can anyone resist this movie? Insane, I tells ya! [​IMG]
    I viewed a similar DVD to what Adam has, but it doesn't have DTS, but a Mandarain 5.1 and a Cantonese 5.1, and very poor english subtities. If Miramax ever did a theatrical issue of this stateside, it would most likely be dubbed and cut to pieces.
    Jason
     
  5. Matthew Eagin

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    I got my copy from http://www.hivizone.com several months ago and there's no indication on their website that they're out of stock, so you might try that. Definitely a fun movie, though.
     
  6. Larry Seno Jr.

    Larry Seno Jr. Supporting Actor

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    "Out of stock" means muscled by Disney. Hivizone wont sell you this film as they wont sell you any film that Miramax now has the rights to. They also list Legend of Zu as in stock and won't sell it.
     
  7. Brad_V

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    check out dddhouse.com . They have the VCD version for six bucks and the DVD version for 10 bucks.
     
  8. Dharmesh C

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    Get the R3 version!!! DTS will blow your socks off!!!!
     
  9. Adnan Sheikh

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    I bought the region-free version from yesasia.com, but I think it's out of print now. It's got both DD and DTS. I was pretty surprised at the quality of both video and audio; I guess I was expecting something cheap and more VCD-ish.

    This is one fun movie...really great. I would say the Matrix stuff is pretty minimal (even a little distracting), but there's so much funny and impressive action that you quickly forget about it.
     
  10. Jeff Kleist

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    Shaolin Soccer is NOT OOP. DDDHouse.com lists it as in-stock right now, and doesn't appear to be stopping it anytime soon

    The official DVD is R0 and contains DD/DTS Cantonese tracks and English subs.
     
  11. Matthew Brown

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    This may interest everybody.
    http://www.aintitcoolnews.com/display.cgi?id=12267
    They chopped and dubbed. The very beginning is cut. The whole story of the Coach changes with this.
    Get the import. As Jeff mentioned, it's DD and DTS. Be skeptical of Ebay auctions claiming special editions with fancy packaging.
    Matt
     
  12. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    If your version has no subs, it's a bootleg

    If it's in a digipack (cardboard) case, it's a bootleg

    It should say "Universe Laser & Video" as the distributor.
     
  13. Derek Faber

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    Hivizome does have it. I just ordered it there.

    $11 dollars for an uncut and subbed version.
     
  14. Jeff Kleist

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    According to AICN, they removed the oh-so-not essential to understanding the character relationship prologue, and the cool credits

    WHY!!!???????????????????????????????/

    And of course they dubbed it and won't include the Cantonese on the DVD

    Screw you Miramax, I have the HK DVD _I_
     
  15. NickSo

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    Hehe, i wonder how it would be like to step into your guys' shoes and watch this movie without understanding Cantonese [​IMG]
    I know chinese, so i understood it (though im so americanized i read the subtitles to fully understand it).
    Great movie though [​IMG]
     
  16. Jason Whyte

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    Yeah and you live in Vancouver, Nick. [​IMG]
     
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    Just ordered my DVD copy from DDDHouse for a fraction under 10 pounds (of which a hefty part was postage).
     
  18. NickSo

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    Jason: [​IMG] trust me, if you heard me speaking, you would never guess im chinese [​IMG]
     
  19. Jeff Adkins

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  20. Matthew Brown

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    That small cut changes the character arc of the coach. The story is just as much about his redemption as it is about mixing kung fu and soccer. This will also affect how his relationship with the coach of the Evil Team is perceived.

    Please don't look for logic when trying to figure out cuts made by Disney.

    Matt
     

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