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A Better Tomorrow 1 & 2 [Import]
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"I won't give you nothing, man; I give you shit," sneers charismatic superstar Chow Yun Fat, speaking English (with a De Niro accent) in his role as a New York restaurateur who won't knuckle under to the (Italian) mob. Chow plays the twin brother of the character he played in the original Tomorrow, the ultraviolent, ultraromantic ultrapopular Hong Kong gangster melodrama. And the blatancy of that device is a fair indication of the sequel's shortcomings--and of its screwy charm: this is a film that knows no shame. The bond between the natural siblings played by Ti Lung (as a reformed mobster) and Leslie Cheung (as a hot shot cop) still resonate tellingly. As a good-guy ex-thug driven batty by the slaying of his only daughter, real-life Cinema City studio chief Dean Shek gets to play a garishly extended "mad scene," foaming at the mouth, chewing on soup bones. A later episode in which a dying man crawls to a phone booth to call his wife (and newborn daughter) in the hospital must also be some kind of lurid first in the soap sweepstakes. The final 15 minutes could be the bloodiest single shoot-out sequence ever committed to celluloid. The story line hasn't been shaped to any particular purpose here, but the images have a golden Godfather-like glow, and this faintly anachronistic, all-stops-out wish-fulfillment approach to moviemaking still has a lot of power. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The visuals are very good, especially for an "older" Hong Kong film. The picture is fairly sharp, the colors are vibrant, and there is not a lot of grain apparent. Occasionally there was a brief glitch with the picture, but it didn't amount to much and was only for a second (this happened maybe two or three times). Compared with Fox Lorber's THE KILLER and HARD BOILED DVDs, this Anchor Bay disc has a superior picture, and by a pretty good margin, too.
The subtitles were great. They were in yellow (thank God!) and also had a good translation. It was not like some of those Tai Seng products where they seem to have been translated by a third grader. Also, the subs come up at a good pace so you don't have to worry about not being able to keep up. There is the option to listen to an English dub, but I haven't checked it out.
For the sound, well, let's just say there isn't a whole lot to say. If you're looking for 5.1 surround sound to blow you away, better pop FACE/OFF back into your DVD player, because you're not getting it here. Sorry. There are no problems with the sound from a technical standpoint. I thought it was fine.
Now there are not many extras on this disc, as you can tell above. I saw no "extra footage." Just a couple trailers and some talent bios. The talent bios are actually not bad. They read like an article on Woo and Chow. They contain some worthy insights, too. Better than what you find on most DVDs.
So ... not many extras, and no 5.1 sound -- what I am doing giving this 4 stars?Read more ›
The two stars keeping this movie from getting a five star rating was due to the quality of the DVD. Although the packaging of the DVD was nice, the booklet inside was merely an advertisement and had no information for this movie. To my disappointment there was NO EXTRA FOOTAGE or BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE as advertised and it left me feeling ripped off. The DVD just merely contained actor's and director's files which looked like it was taken directly from the IMDB ([...] The subtitles were poorly translated with constant grammatical, spelling and timing errors, which made most the dialogue confusing. The colors were muted and in some of the dark scenes, what was supposed to be black turned a bright blue - yuck!. The only real difference between the DVD and the VHS version was the remastered Dolby Digital sound and widescreen letterboxed aspect ratio (1.85:1).
The only reason that I didn't return this version of the DVD is that the only other version is on VHS and it's $13 more than the DVD. So if you are planning on purchasing this, I'd wait, there are plans for a superior version to be released in the fall.
Most recent customer reviews
these two movies are awesome,
especially when watched with subtitles. some of the best action ever- especially the climax to ABT2. breathtaking.
Woo is a genius. Read more
This movies is cool. I like the scence when chow yun fat is about to shoot a man in the head if he does not eat the rice.The last 40 or 30 minutes is when it start to get good. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by lee
This is another one of John Woo's finest films!!! This is the second volume of the Better Tommorrow series and it's action packed!!! Will make a great companion to volume 1!!! Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Jason P. Pumphrey
I watched the trailer for this film and was expecting lot of action. Unfortunatley, there were only two real action scenes. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003
As a favor to friend Dean Shek, who was going towards bankruptcy, John Woo followed up his hit with A BETTER TOMORROW II. Surprisingly, it's almost as good as the original. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by Tom Benton
This DVD distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment has flaws. First understand that the film's language is Chinese. DVD settings default to Chinese language and English subtitles. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2002
Please read my other review on this film distributed by another studio, Anchor Bay Entertainment.Published on Dec 21 2002
I was completly blown away the first time I saw A Better Tomorrow . Masterfully directed by the John Woo , it focused on the HK gangster life. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by wrath231
John Woo doubles the body count in this ultra-violent and explosive sequel that surpasses the original. Read morePublished on March 12 2002 by Marcel McGuire