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The Grandmaster [Blu-ray] (2014)

Tony Leung , Ziyi Zhang , Wong Kar Wai  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang
  • Directors: Wong Kar Wai
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Chinese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ET2ODX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary Kung FU master, Ip Man who mentored Bruce Lee. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, THE GRANDMASTER features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.

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141 of 148 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hong Kong versus US version October 14, 2013
The information on the Amazon website indicates a running time of 130 minutes which is the running time of the Hong Kong version. The Weinstein US version was dramatically shorter at around 108 minutes. The two versions are different with some scenes added to the 108 minute version and some dramatic chopping of the Hong Kong 130 minute version to get to 108 minutes. In other words, neither of the two versions is complete. It is likely that the Amazon information on this release is incorrect. I would wait until this is sorted out before ordering. So if one wants a more complete version of The Grandmaster, then one would have to buy both versions. The director, Wong Kar Wai, is never finished in terms of editing the film. So that the theatrical release in the US was the Weinstein Bros version and that is a lot simpler than the more complex version that came out of Hong Kong. But both versions would be able to stand on their own.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars which version/cut??? it matters a whole lot September 12, 2013
There are different cuts of this film, and some are much less sensible than others. The "international release" in particular has been severely cut so that some characters just appear out of nowhere. Reviews of one version may simply not make sense for a different version.

Which version is this? (how long is it?)

(Wikipedia says: "There are three versions of the film that has been released. First is the domestic "Chinese Cut" of the film that runs 130 minutes. Second is the version of the film that debuted at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival at 123 minutes. The third is the version released by The Weinstein Company that runs at 108 minutes." Note NTSC<->PAL conversions _may_ produce running times that differ by a handful of minutes; even so running times would make it clear which version/cut a disc contains.)
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece by the great Wong Kar-Wai May 24, 2013

It was finally time for the great iconoclastic Hong Kong director to turn to martial arts action in his intense and atmospheric telling of the great grandmaster teacher, Ip man, and he doesn't disappoint.

Wong Kar-wai brings the poetic beauty of his cinematic genius displayed in such works as "In the Mood for Love" to martial arts action executed with a precise rhythmic heightening reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah at his best, bringing out the sensations of living through the Japanese invasion of China during WWII. The cast is magnificent, especially Tony Leung as the Ip man, and Ziyi Zhang as Gong Er perfectly embodies a kungfu mistress trying to avenge her father. A masterpiece by Wong to put on a level with his finest work.

My only gripe about this Blu-ray release (which looks stunning in its clarity of picture and color, highlighting Wong's penchant for rain and darkness) is that the special features (unlike the feature itself) do not have any English subtitling -- so unless you read Chinese you won't be able to know what Wong or his crew and cast are talking about. The feature does, however, have full subtitling.

A worthy addition to your Blu-ray library.

PS: One other reviewer criticized the editing of this film which, to me, smacks of putting down the film for not being more conventional. Sometimes it is difficult to put aside expectations of what one wants a film to be in favor of what the actual film on the screen is. "The Grandmaster" is, in fact, brilliantly edited. Wong is, if nothing else, a perfectionist in taking years to mold his assembled footage into his own personal rhythmic poem, idiosyncratically emphasizing downbeats and rests as precise as a great composer.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
I suppose being Bruce Lee's former teacher and someone who had made the martial art Wing Chun known around the world, the curiosity around his life became so strong that directors Wilson Yip and Herman Yau had their turn in bringing his life to the big screen. Wilson Yip's "Ip Man" was a film with a lot of fiction around it, which focused entirely on action sequences with Donnie Yen in the title role. Herman Yau's "The Legend is Born: Ip Man" was an unspectacular martial arts drama but a little more subtle and certainly not as bombastic as Wilson Yip's films.

Well, finally the highly anticipated biopic about Ip Man directed by Wong Kar-Wai has finally arrived. A little different from his usual films, as the film goes for refreshing ideas and themes rather than decadent emotions, it is a film that has a lot of hype as with any other film directed by him. People should be aware that one needs to temper their expectations with Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster". It is a film about a true-to-life figure and is a period piece that brings the concept of how martial arts can apply to living. Wong Kar-Wai takes on a premise that he has not done before that his fans would have reason to celebrate. This review is based on the 130 minute film released in Asia, I have heard that another cut of the film was debuted internationally.

1930s China. Ip Man (Tony Leung) is a rich, young martial arts master who does not want to compete and yet he finds himself thrust into the limelight as his peers push him into a sparring match with Chinese Martial Arts chairman Gong Yutian (Wang Qingxiang). The match was more technical than a display of skills as Ip Man asserts his inner skill to get the best of Yutian.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Advertising was better than picture
Advertising was better than picture. Since the name Ip man was made popular by the excellent movie done by Donnie Yen a number of movies have been done recently based on the life... Read more
Published 1 day ago by alfonso cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 12 days ago by Julio Perez
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid film but ...
I wanted to like this movie. Overall I did enjoy the story. Though a few places it slowed down and went off track sharing information from other peoples lives who Ip knew. Read more
Published 15 days ago by kuskoo
1.0 out of 5 stars Too bad I saw "Ip Man" first
Too bad I saw "Ip Man" first. This is so solemn and leisurely as to be tedious. I guess that happens when you have two biopics not he same celebrity athlete, e.g. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Marie Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama
This is a very sophisticated movie. Should have had more action scenes. However, I know it was more of a philosophical feature.
Published 19 days ago by High Hurdles
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
someone speak cantonnes which I need to read English subtitles to understand.
Published 1 month ago by Lainey
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I am 50/50 on this movie but you must see it for yourself.
Published 1 month ago by Hector R. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars ... goodness not since watching Bruce Lee have I been amazed at the...
My goodness not since watching Bruce Lee have I been amazed at the level of power, speed, and precision displayed by Tony Leung! This movie is exceptional! Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. C. Mc Kelvie
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I wanted to love this more but ultimately it was pretty slow and I have not had the desire to rewatch.
Published 1 month ago by S. Dooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I liked the movie, but it shows too dark on this DVD.
Published 1 month ago by Yaphett
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Only US version?
When I ordered the bluray version of this film it stated that the film was 130 min. When I received the film I noticed that it was only the 108 min version of the film. Amazon has corrected the description but not before the item was ordered or shipped. Feeling a little cheated.
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