USHE Press Release: Jet Li's Fearless (DVD & HD-DVD)

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ONE OF THE GREATEST ACTION STARS OF ALL TIME IN HIS FINAL MARTIAL ARTS EPIC FILM

JET LI'S FEARLESS
>>From the Producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero and the Choreographer of The Matrix and Kill Bill

A New Unrated Version of the Ultimate Action Experience Available On DVD and HD DVD/DVD Combo December 19, 2006 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal City, California, November 6, 2006 - The world's foremost martial arts superstar steps into the role of the most famous fighter in Chinese history when Jet Li's Fearless comes to DVD and HD DVD/ DVD combo format on December 19, 2006 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Jet Li, the acclaimed star of the films Unleashed and Hero, marks his farewell to the martial arts genre in Jet Li's Fearless, an epic masterpiece that powerfully combines unparalleled fight sequences and masterful storytelling. The film is inspired by the larger-than-life accomplishments of the martial arts icon and founder of the Jingwu Sports Federation, Huo Yuanjia. With explosive fights scenes by legendary action choreographer Yuen Wo Ping (The Matrix, Kill Bill), the new Unrated Edition of Jet Li's Fearless contains some of the most hard-hitting hand-to-hand combat ever captured on film. A can't-miss experience for dedicated action fans, the DVD is the only place the film is available with English dubbing as well as in the original Chinese with English subtitles.

A high-powered, action-packed adventure from producer Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero) and director Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason, The Bride with White Hair) Jet Li's Fearless is based on the heroic real-life saga of fighter and national hero Huo Yuanjia. Set in China at the turn of the last century, Huo's transformation from an arrogant and ruthless young fighter to a wise and thoughtful master defined the true spirit of martial arts and inspired his nation. Fans of extreme action and spectacular martial arts sequences will delight in the exclusive extras and bonuses packed into the DVD. The DVD is priced at $29.98 and the HD DVD/ DVD combo format is priced at $39.98. Preorder close is November 14, 2006.

JET LI'S FEARLESS SOARS TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Critics across America praised the extraordinary and visually stunning combination of acting and fight choreography that make Jet Li's Fearless one of the greatest martial arts epics ever. The film is "visually awesome," and "a defining film for the martial arts star," according to Bruce Westbrook of The Houston Chronicle. Michael Wilmington of The Chicago Tribune says Jet Li's Fearless is "thrill-packed action! The movie keeps roaring right along!" William Arnold of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer declares the film is "exhilarating!" and raves, "Jet Li keeps us riveted!"

SYNOPSIS
Inspired by the story of a real-life hero, Jet Li's Fearless is a thrilling masterpiece from action superstar Jet Li. When an ill-advised fight destroys the reputation of a renowned martial arts champion (Li) and his family, his difficult path to redemption will bring him face-to-face with the most ferocious fighters in the world. Orchestrated by Yuen Wo Ping, the legendary choreographer of The Matrix and Kill Bill, this sensational, riveting epic is being described as "astounding" and "visually stunning with brilliantly executed fight sequences" (Pete Hammond, Maxim).

For more information please visit: www.jetlisfearless.com

CAST & FILMMAKERS
Director: Ronny Yu
Written By: Chris Chow, Christine To
Produced By: Bill Kong, Jet Li, Ronny Yu, Yang Buting
Director of Photography: Poon Hang Sang
Film Editors: Virginia Katz, Richard Learoyd
Costume Designer: Thomas Chong
Music By: Shigeru Umebayashi
Cast: Jet Li, Nakamura Shidou, Sun Li, Dong Yong, Nathan Jones

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
UNRATED DVD
Street Date: December 19, 2006
Pre-Order Close: November 14, 2006
Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $29.98
Selection Number: 31683 widescreen, 31864 full frame
Running Time: 1 Hour 43 Minutes
Layers: Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Unrated
Technical Info:
Unrated DVD
* English Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
* Mandarin Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
* Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

HD DVD/DVD COMBO
Street Date: December 19, 2006
Pre-Order Close: November 14, 2006
Copyright: 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $39.98
Selection Number: 30283 widescreen
Running Time: 1 Hour 43 Minutes (rated); 1 Hour 44 Minutes (unrated)
Layers: Side A-HD-30; Side B-Dual
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: Side A (HD)-Unrated; Side B (SD) PG-13 and Unrated
Technical Info:
Side A (HD)
* English Audio Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
* Mandarin Audio Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
* Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
Side B (SD-Rated and Unrated)
* English Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
* Mandarin Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
* Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
 

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I didn't see any mention of a Director's cut of the film. This film was trimmed a bit from what I understand. I will probably pick this up but will also be looking to other regions for a director's cut.

Matt
 

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I'm curious why this is being called an "Unrated" version? It appears to be the same length as the theatrical release.
 

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How would this film compare with my two Jet faves, FIST OF LEGEND and ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA? I just might want to be picking up this DVD if this even somewhat approaches the greatness of those two...
 

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Jeffrey -
I don't think you will be disappointed. Jet gives a great performance and he director Ronny Yu rarely disappoints me. This character has a lot more depth than many of Jet Li's other roles.

My only negative comment about the movie is that the camera work sometimes seems out of place during the action scenes. A little too much like the Matrix.
 

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Is it true that the R1 DVD of Fearless only has English dubtitles (i.e. CC for the English dub), rather than true English-translation subtitles?

If so, this is very disappointing, and somewhat careless. What could have been so difficult about including one more subtitle track with the theatrical subtitles?
 

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