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  • Actors: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen, Shi-Kwan Yen
  • Directors: Hark Tsui, Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching
  • Writers: Hark Tsui, Tan Cheung, Xiao He
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TBTQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Music Promo
Original Theatrical Trailer
Donnie Yen Interview
Biography Showcase
Mandarin Language presentation (With re-mastered English Subtitles)
Production Photo Gallery
16:9 Anamorphic Version (enhanced for widescreen TV's)
Full Length Original Version (containing footage not available in International Version)

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New Dragon Gate Inn is the DVD title of the 1992 swordplay adventure Dragon Inn, producer Tsui Hark's follow-up to Once Upon a Time in China and Swordsman 2 (both 1991). In the wake of the huge success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon it is a film ripe for rediscovery. A pair of warriors (Brigitte Lin and Tony Leung), who only admit their love when it is too late, have to rescue two children from the clutches of a corrupt warlord. Fleeing through the vast, highly pictorial desert, they seek shelter in the isolated Dragon Inn run by the man-eating Maggie Cheung (traveller's tip, don't try the "mixed meat"). The scene is set for intrigue, romance and exhilarating wirework, as our heroes wait for the enemy to arrive in what is essentially the classic High Noon scenario. The build-up isn't always coherent, though that may have something to do with the subtitles, which are unnecessarily crude. Despite this the production values and high-flying fights are first-rate and the two actresses make the film, particularly the devilishly sexy Maggie Cheung. The final showdown in a desert storm is breathtaking.

On the DVD: In the cinemas this was an absolutely gorgeous 2.35:1 widescreen film, which here has been reformatted to 16:9 TV ratio, sacrificing important visual information at either side and significantly damaging the stunning cinematography. Enough survives to indicate just how beautiful the complete images are, and the anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 transfer is sharp and clean on exterior shots, though some of the dimly lit interiors display considerable grain. Although only mono the sound is full and free from distortion, providing a good showcase for the atmospheric score. The film can be watched with the original Mandarin soundtrack and English subtitles, or dubbed. Included is an interview with Donnie Yen and detailed text biographies of the two female stars. The music promo is Hong Kong Legends' own trailer, included together with five further trailers for other releases. The original theatrical trailer is also present, and no matter what screen setting it is played at, everything looks vertically compressed. However, change the DVD player setting from widescreen to 4:3 letterbox and the trailer plays in the correct 2.35:1 proportions, confirming how the film was really shot. Though the DVD packaging bills this edition of Dragon Inn as the full-length original version though there is no explanation of what footage has been restored from previous releases. --Gary S. Dalkin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on 12 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
This film is available in the Hong Kong Legends series and epitomises the name. It is like a sparkling crown full of precious gems. We have Tony Leung as the heroic freedom fighter Zhou Huainan, hiding out with his his partner and true love (The legendary Brigitte Lin) in a Gobi desert Inn inhabited by scoundrels and vagabonds. He is waiting for a storm to pass and so is trapped alongside government officials who want his head. A game of cat and mouse ensues.

To complicate matters the Dragon Gate Inn is owned by immoral fiery vixen Maggie Cheung in what is one of her most enjoyably fun roles. She plays both sides off against each other in her attemp to make herself rich.

There are some lovely set pieces such as Maggie and Brigitte's odd duel which involves a kind of kung fu stripping. There is also a memorable final fight sequence with top kung fu choreographer and star Donnie Yen.

The film has an almost pantomime feel. There is cross dressing, jokes and action, with the line between good and bad clearly drawn. There is so much to love about the film, especially the showcase of Hong Kong Royalty at their best. Watch and enjoy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2002
Format: DVD
Compared with the lower grade Hong Kong kung fu films - with no characterisation, dull fight setups and implausible consequences, this film resembles the old TV series 'the Water margin', or even 'Floating Tiger'. There are colourful characters, there is a plot, and there are interesting events other than the fighting. The kung fu is extremely entertaining and well executed, with the semi-magical skills of traditional Chinese stories and everything larger than life. The direction is a very high standard, the quality of the filming is excellent, and the DVD I have is not dubbed. What more could I ask for? Absolutely nothing - I loved it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2005
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The original reviewer is wrong in stating that this film is 2.35:1. It's a 1.85:1 film and the HKL DVD therefore has the correct ratio - although the wrong language. The film is Cantonese and the Mandarin is for other Chinese territories like Taiwan.
Still, this is a good film, with inventive fights and beautiful cinematography. Can be a bit heavy going first time around but well worth the effort
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excellent.good quality and fast delivery.
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