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Time and Tide
This commentary track is available only on the region 1 Columbia Tristar DVD.
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Producer/screenwriter/director Tsui Hark
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Reviewed by pat00139 on January 26th, 2006
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This is a strangely poignant track. Mr. Hark does a nice job explaining his inspirations for the film and its evolution to what we see on screen. He talks about the various script changes, the actors, the style choices and, thankfully, explains what goes on in the movie. Thereís a lot of ĎOkay, the situation here is...í, but that doesnít take away anything from the commentary because the plot of the movie isnít the easiest to follow. He explains a lot of what you might not get while watching the movie. Something that would have been great to have on the DVD would be the 40 minutes of cut scenes Tsui Hark mentions. The one thing that touched me the most was that he talked about having dreams, and realizing that leaving may not be the best thing for you. The point of the story is about rebirth, in general terms. Itís about a second start. The first few lines of the movie talk about that, giving the story of the birth of the universe. After the commentary, I appreciate the movie a lot more. There are a lot of things, such as a seemingly-throwaway camera movement, that actually have meaning. He also mentions that he likes the audience to participate, so thatís why not everything is said in this movie. You have to involve yourself to get what Mr. Hark is trying to say. He does a good job at keeping your entertained for the entire running time, with little dead air.
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