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The Infernal Affairs Trilogy (Infernal Affairs 1 / Infernal Affairs 2 / Infernal Affairs 3) (Special Collector's Edition Box Set)


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  • Actors: Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Eric Tsang
  • Directors: Alan Mak, Wai-Keung Lau
  • Writers: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
  • Producers: Baoping Ma, Chin-Wen Huang, Daniel Yun, Ellen Chang
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 338 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000LXS6H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Infernal Affairs Trilogy (Infernal Affairs 1 / Infernal Affairs 2 / Infernal Affairs 3) (Special Collector's Edition Box Set)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

(Action/Foreign) Directed by Wai Keung Lai and Siu Fai Mak, IA 2 is the prequel and IA 3 is the sequel to the highly successful original Infernal Affairs, the movie on which Martin Scorcese based his recent hit, The Departed, on. In Infernal Affairs 2, Yan is assigned to be an undercover cop in the the triads while Mings joins the police force. Infernal Affairs 3 explores through an intricate interlacing of stories what happened before and after Tony Leung's character's death

Customer Reviews

We enjoyed the film very much because there are a lot of surprises.
Fura
Theres was a lot that I loved in this film making me overlook the faults, mainly that it went on a little too long and could be overly dramatic at times.
Clinton Enlow
It is one of the greatest movie, like Godfather, you haven't seen in these years!
N. Hsiung

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Flipper Campbell VINE VOICE on February 19, 2007
Format: DVD
Great to see the "Infernal Affairs" series getting some attention in the States, but it's a big disappointment that the first (and best) film in this set is the same Miramax disc that came out a few years ago. Exactly. The DVD looks good enough, but a bit flat. No doubt the images could have been vastly improved: with all that metal and glass and the high-tech toys you'd think the visuals would sparkle. The other titles are welcome upgrades, however.

As for "The Departed," just consider them different movies. I prefer "Internal Affairs" because of its originality and the surprise factor, but your mileage may vary.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Enigma on February 16, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You are doing yourself a great disservice if you ignore the Infernal Affairs trilogy in lieu of The Departed, which valiantly attempts to combine the trilogy. The IA movies masterfully weave together a great story about a triad boss and the cop(s) trying to bring him down. It's well acted and filmed. In the trilogy the story is allowed to unfold in the span of a few years allowing the characters to develop and not be 1 dimensional.

IA and IA2 are definitely more thrilling and action packed on the level of the old Eastwood, McQueen, Bronson movies, meaning no one has superpowers, no one flies, and there's no CG work. It does have a very good cast led by Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. IA3 has a little less action and shows the other side of some scenes. It's a little slower to start, but it grows to a satisfying end.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Clinton Enlow on February 12, 2007
Format: DVD
So on the same day The Departed hits shelves American audiences finally recieve the original Hong Kong trilogy on DVD. So is it worth the purchase. Definitely in my opinion but don't watch it if you're interested in seeing The Departed. I like Scorsese's adaptation good enough (not enough to call it best picture of the year which it will probably walk away with {at which point does he credit the original filmmakers with his first oscar}) but watching this series before hand it took away some of the suprises that were relevant in that film.

So how are these films not compared to their American counterpart? Well the first one hits all the right notes as suprisingly slick an intelligent thriller. I don't get all of the religious ideas that the filmmakers used in writing the script but you can't deny the power of the filmmaking and writing put forth. Theres a nice back and forth and when the suprises that ruined The Departed they are rather well timed for the perfect emotional payoff. The acting is great, and I didn't even mind the comic relief from Chapman To as one of the gangsters. And to bolster the acting writing that makes the characters deeper than they'd be in a lesser film. I will also say the darker ending in which things don't go as planned for the hero also gets higher marks in my book.

Infernal Affairs II is a prequel that was made directly after the original showing how the policeman was recruited to be a mole and spy on his uncle, a mobster trying to hide his doings and avenge the murder of his father by Mob boss Sam and the soon to be police mole Ming. Theres was a lot that I loved in this film making me overlook the faults, mainly that it went on a little too long and could be overly dramatic at times.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By New York Bargain Hunter on March 8, 2007
Format: DVD
This set was incredible years ago when I watched it in the order it supposed to be watched. It is sort of like Star Wars going backwards but it also makes lateral moves as well. I am not sure how the order is on these DVDs but the original one jumped around a lot. I bought the original DVDs in the order that they came out and had them imported from Hong Kong years ago and it is one of the best movies I have seen coming out of Hong Kong in a long time. I do not want to compare the departed because it is sort of a joke to copy a movie then not acknowledge it. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good crime/suspense/thinker film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. J. Snyder on March 8, 2007
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Finally, one of the greatest series in Hong Kong cinema has made it to our neck of the woods. I've been waiting awhile for an American distributor to pick this up and give it the proper treatment. Over a year ago I saw the series for sale in NYC (chinatown), and for some odd reason, passed it up. I thought I would have to make the trip back to East coast to get it, but thanks to Dragon Dynasty (and the fact that "the Departed" did so well), I've finally got it. It's sad that the "Infernal Affairs" series had to get the "Hollywood" treatment of a big-star remake just to get noticed, but oh well, better late than never, right?

This is an amazing series that showcases some of the best talent that Hong Kong cinema has to offer. Wiether it be from it's directors, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, or it's amazing cast, that includes Andy Lau (Fulltime Killer), Tony Leung (Hard Boiled), Francis Ng (the Mission), Eric Tsang (Gen-X Cops), Leon Lai (Seven Swords) and Anthony Wong (Time and Tide), just to name a few. It's a definate must have for all us fans of Asain cinema. Or a for those of you not familiar to this side of the film world, it would definatly make a great introduction to it.

With the original, and it's superior prequel and mind-bending sequel, this trilogy will take you much deeper into the mythology of the characters and it's story, than the American remake even came close to. So, for all you fans of "the Departed", check this out and see how it all began (and truly ends).
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