Jet Li's Fearless [Blu-ray]
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`Fearless" is inspired by the life of Huo Yuan Jia, real-life Chinese martial arts master. Jet Li plays this legendary figure, whose martial arts style and fearless fight helped the people in China regain their pride in the early 20th century when China was intimidated and humiliated by the growing Western and Japanese powers.
Well, so much for the history. Now, let's talk about actions. In `Fearless' Jet Li has shown his best performance since the days he did `Once Upon A Time In China' playing the role of Wong Fei Hung, another legendary hero in China, and the fight scenes (choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping) are all fantastic, sometimes visceral, and sometimes graceful, and always powerful. Good and smooth editing and gorgeous production designs also help greatly to create the background.
[JET LI'S PHILOSOPHY] After the opening martial arts competition sequences in Shanghai, 1910, the film begins to follow the life of Huo Yuan Jia from the days he was a boy in a flashback section. Jet Li and director Ronny Yu (yes, the guy who did `Bride of Chucky' and `Freddy vs. Jason') made a wise decision in showing Collin Chou as Father of young Huo Yuan Jia because the image of charismatic Chou (previously seen in two `Matrix' sequels as body guard Seraph) as the stern father who forbids his son to fight well-represents Li's philosophy about martial arts.
Yes, `Fearless' is a first-rate martial arts action film, but the film is more than that. The film, which was released under the title of `Spirit' in Japan, has Li's message about martial arts, which impresses without being obtrusive.Read more ›
Fast forward a few months to the release of this DVD.Read more ›
It has been confirmed that JET LI'S FEARLESS: DIRECTOR'S CUT, Universal's highly anticipated re-release of Ronny Yu's Huo Yuanjia biopic promising nearly 40 minutes of additional footage is missing the director's cut. Released July 8th, it promised three versions of the movie, one of which was supposed to be the complete two hour and 21 minute director's cut. However, upon inspecting the two-disc release purchased from Walmart today both discs contain only 103-minute international and theatrical versions. Other readers have been e-mailing and posting messages on this site stating the same problem which suggests this defect is widespread.
Additionally, both discs appear to function erratically in my player. Disc two displays nothing but pixels and disc one periodically will not start up. I was only able to confirm the contents of disc two by using a disc burning tool. Both discs appear to be identical and the director's cut is no where to be found despite what the back cover clearly states.
Universal was unavailable for comment at the time of writing and an e-mail sent Thursday has so far gone unanswered.
At this point I would suggest that anyone who is considering buying this release to not do so until Universal releases corrected discs and issues a statement, preferably along with a recall.
For those who have already purchased the defective FEARLESS discs and are unable to return them to the store, try contacting Universal direct during normal, weekday business hours. You may also want to notify your local retailer.
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Disc 1 which was suppose to contain the director's cut was an exact copy of disc 2 which was the basic theatrical/unrated versions. Read morePublished 12 days ago by moomoo
This is a movie with incredible heart. This is not a balletic fight scene movie with fantastical subject matter and flying. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lilith
I love this movie. my favorite Jet Li flick. I couldn't resist getting it in this favorite but unfortunate dead format.Published 1 month ago by Norford
The katana vs three section staff fight at the end of the movie is my favorite part. I love that this movie embraces a real martial arts spirit and not just kicks butt.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Even if you are not a martial arts fan, there is a good story here about a man who is too focused on winning and success at all costs, until tragedy strikes and everything changes,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve C
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|Why do they keep bringing out Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs?||
I think that for someone like myself (an HD-DVD owner), there is the convenience factor of knowing that I can play the disk anywhere in my home, not just my souped up living room home theater. Also, you can share the movie with non HD-DVD owners (practically everyone). Also, heaven forbid... Read More
Jun 8, 2007 by S. Klinger | See all 3 posts
|Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Director´s Cut) - PROPER/CORRECT SUBTITLES???||
I know what you mean.
The subtitles in this version are an improvement over the last version, especially the tea scene. Though, between the TV subtitles and the subtitles of this version, I would say the TV version is better (from what I remember of the TV version's subtitles, at least).
Either... Read More
Jan 12, 2009 by Anthony | See all 2 posts
Yes it is. It has two audio tracks Chinese and English.
Dec 22, 2006 by Iluvmymac | See all 2 posts
|Is it finally the full version of the movie?||
Let's hope it is the full version. Might as well add in that Dragon Dynasty's release of The protector had better be the full version. I thought Fearless and The Protector could have been so much better seeing them in the theaters uncut.
Dec 10, 2006 by morgoth | See all 2 posts
|is the language Cantonese or Mandarin?(product description)||
I can't understand Cantonese.
Oct 29, 2014 by Terra Realm | See all 2 posts
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