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Seven Swords (Deltamac) (2005)

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NOTE: This track is available on the Collector's Boxes released by Deltamac in Hong Kong (R0). The commentary is in Cantonese with optional Chinese or English subtitles. A different commentary track is available on the Dragon Dynasty Seven Swords DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Co-screenwriter/producer/director Tsui Hark and co-writer Cheung Chi-sing Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on July 4th, 2006:Find all reviews by pat00139
The track is nice, if a bit scattered. People listening to this track should be advised that Mr. Tsui's passion for his film is clearly evident and he jumps from subject to subject without warning (or so the English subtitles make it seem). The pair talk about everything you'd expect them to, with a lot of discussion about the changes made in the screenplay. For example, Mr. Tsui thought a lot about switching Charlie Yeung's character for Zhang Jing-chu's, and Donnie Yen's for Leon Lai's, given that the actors generally played a role closer to the other's. They talk about the sets and what was built when they shot what scene, and stories from the set. On a trial run, they tried blowing up the doors in the Martial Village attack, but the door was way too heavy and they didn't budge much. They opted for visual effects instead of more dynamite, given the amount of people working on the set. They talk about the actors and the swords, of course. Thankfully, no unnecessary praise is given. The duo stick to what's important: the movie. Cinematography is also discussed a lot, as in the scene in virtual black and white at the beginning. Mr. Tsui spends a lot of time discussing why he chose to cut some scene while leaving others in. The cut scenes seem very interesting, and I would very much like to see the 4-hour version that was promised on DVD prior to the film's theatrical run. Mr. Tsui talks more than Mr. Cheung, but both of them have their fair share of speaking time. It is a very nice commentary, with tons of great stories and information.