Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
- Original Hong Kong Trailer
- Quentin Tarantino Introduction
- Quentin Tarantino Wrap
Top Customer Reviews
This film is now part of the Criterion Collection and when Criterion's name is on a film release, you know that you're going to get a quality release.
So, what did Criterion do for this release?
VIDEO & AUDIO:
Criterion is known to making their final masters to what the director's had in mind. In this case, presenting the director's requested aspect ratio of 1:66:1.
The new high definition transfer according to Criterion was created on a Spirit 2K Datacine from a 35 mm internegative and a 35 mm interpositive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris and scratches were removed using the MTI Digital Restoration System and Pixel Farm's PF Clean. For a film that is nearly 15 years old, the goal for Criterion was not to give a crisp and clear picture but to make sure that the requested aspect ratio was successful and removing all the dirt and scratches that have plagued previous releases of the film.
Oh, and I just have to say that things that were cut out of the US VHS/DVD release are intact in this Blu-ray version. But as far as video quality goes, you will find the colors noticeable especially at the bar when you see the CD's in the jukebox spin and see the vibrant colors.
I have caught a few instances of color pulsing (due to the older print) and there were no artifacting.Read more ›
It is difficult to know what to make of the film at first. There are two stories, interspersed with each other in through the film, both love stories involving policemen, a deli shop, and women whom they would love. Unlike "Pulp Fiction," they do not meet up at the end, and the strangers remain strangers. There is no neat package. Rather, like Banana Yoshimoto's novels, they are linked thematically, with the same tale being told with different cast members, to see how each person finds their own ending, regardless of the beginning. While Yoshimoto is Japanese, and Kar Wai is Chinese, there is a similarity in Asian story-telling evident in "Chungking Express."
As to this DVD, while it is great to see Quentin Tarantino bring Kar Wai's films to a wider audience, I find his commentary a bit annoying and self-serving. Taratino makes some great flicks, and Kar Wai is an obvious influence on him, but he doesn't have the personality to comment on something so sweet and subtle as "Chungking Express." This is just a personal observation, however, and others may disagree.
Director Kar Wai Wong is a rising star of cinema, seeping to the public consciousness slowly and surely, becoming less of a "Hong Kong Director" and more of an important contributor to modern film.Read more ›
Made on the quick by Won Kar Wai as a means of rejuvenating his creative energy, *Chungking Mansions* originally consisted of three interlocking stories, but one met the axe (to resurface as its own film) to give proper attention (i.e. running time) to those that remained. Of the two stories, only the first has any relation with the Chungking Mansions: a hard-luck dame scours the sleazy corridors for drug-mules, and I must say that the general ambience of the Mansions is faithfully captured.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A masterpiece of filmmaking. There is a timeless essence to this movie. You at once feel the dystopia and utopia of the urban condition, as you enjoy an unconventional romance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mehmet V. Bozatli
great music and in film noir style. moves quickly and the pace keeps you at your seat. like the main characters a lot. a must see!Published 5 months ago by dvd man
|Topic||From this Discussion|
|Why does DVD cost more than the Blu-ray?||
Sometimes weird things like this happen when stores put things on sale. The List price is the same $39.95, Criterion says they remaster DVD's in HD so their DVD's and Blu-Ray's are the same price (expensive!). The markdown is something Amazon is doing I assume because the prices are determined... Read More
Feb 17, 2009 by Barry Vaughan | See all 3 posts
|Why has amazon stopped selling the blu ray?||
I haven't read anything about it being OOP. I ended up buying it off of Criterion's website for $31.96. It's currently in stock.
Dec 29, 2010 by The Lucid Pen | See all 2 posts
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > 4-for-3 DVD
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Foreign Films
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Romance
- Movies & TV > Indie & Art House
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Entertainment > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Entertainment > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Entertainment > Drama
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Entertainment > Foreign Spotlight
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Video > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Video > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Video > Drama
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Miramax Home Video > Foreign Spotlight