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Legend of the Black Scorpion
Being a fan of Hero and House of Flying Daggers -- as a matter of fact, I love those daggers -- I have to admit that I am surprised to see that Legend of the Black Scorpion flew to DVD under my radar.
On DVD: Legend of the Black Scorpion
Blending dazzling choreography, dramatic camerawork and a Shakespeare tragedy, Legend of the Black Scorpion debuts as a two-disc Ultimate Edition DVD set February 26th under the Dragon Dynasty label from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company. Hong Kong’s 2006 Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film, Legend of the Black Scorpion stage is set in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period of 10th Century China, featuring elaborate period costumes and sets. Starring stunning Golden Globe® nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs Of A Geisha, Rush Hour 2) and directed by Feng Xiaogang (A Sign, A World Without Thieves), Legend of the Black Scorpion features intricate fight scenes from Jingwu Ma (Seven Swords) and Yuen Woo-Ping (fight choreographer, Matrix and Kill Bill films). Dealing with themes of revenge and fate, the beautiful yet morose musical score of Legend of the Black Scorpion by Oscar® winner Tan Dun (Best Music, Original Score, 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) enhances the tone of the film by combining Western classical with Chinese classical music. Legend of the Black Scorpion Ultimate Edition two-disc DVD includes commentary by Hong King cinema expert Bey Logan, interviews with director Feng Xiao-Gang and leading man Daniel Wu, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more (see additional details below). Legend of the Black Scorpion Ultimate Edition two-disc DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.95.
What's the story about? You know, your usual mix of royals and other people in power trying to consolidate an empire into one through force, of course.
Legend of the Black Scorpion is out on DVD now. As an added bonus, the DVD comes with special features including a production and trailer gallery.