i just got Hard Boiled and I am confused about something. On IMDB it says that the running time is 126 minutes yet on the back cover of the dvd it states that the movie is 247 minutes long…can someone let me know the correct time I dont feel like watching a four hour movie right now
Errr, I’m pretty sure it’s only a little over 2 hours — at least the version I watched…
The DVD includes extra features in the run time. I think it says something like “total run time.”
The film itself is only two hours.
Thank you both, all it says is Color/247 mins. Im sure your right josh but i have never come across a dvd that has the total run time of everything haha as far as my collection goes.
That would be pretty epic. Maybe John Woo has a Director’s Cut stowed away he hasn’t told anybody aboutt.
Despite the fact almost everyone seems to hate it, I still want to see the Director’s Cut of Mission: Impossible 2. Call me a Woo completist.
We should turn this into a discussion of the film once you see it. I’m actually planning on seeing it tonight with a friend.
I once saw a documentary about John Woo and it was said that they had to rewrite the screenplay and cut out footage because Tony Leung´s character was originally designed as a cold-blooded and sadistic killer, but when Chow Yun-fat told him that his reputation as an actor in Hong Kong would suffer because of the role did he ask John Woo to make significant changes while they already had begun shooting and the whole hospital scene had to be done again with Chow Yun-fat and Tony Leung allied instead of against each other. I could imagine that the 247-minutes version contains all of the material of Tony Leung as the killer which wasn´t used for theatrical releases.
Yeah I heard that Woo changed the Leung character around also. Most of the script for this movie was written as it was shot from what I’ve pieced together from the various commentaries and interviews with Woo. This is one of my all time favourite Woo movies.
On the subject of directors cuts I heard there was one of Hard Target, which apparently got an x rating resulting from the violence, not sure if this is a rumor, but does anyone know anything about this?
Michael, I’m actually one of five people in the world who liked MI 2, I thought it was way better than MI 3, which came off more like really bad tv.
It seems that some kid learnt how to post images on theauteurs, his parents should better have an eye on him.
Loved it!!! Josh im intersted to hear what you thought…aside from the gorgeous action sequences I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative.
The one thing I remember about this film, is the absurd number of innocent bystanders who get shot up. Seriously it must hold the record for that.
i remember liking it, but it was too overblown. the grand shootout in the hospital made me feel like the grand swordfight in “kill bill volume 1”. way too much of a good thing.
i dont know if anythinkg compares to the hospital shootout…it lasted far longer than the “kill bill vol. 1” fight. It seemed like there was an unliminted amount of bad guys that they had to kill.
""Despite the fact almost everyone seems to hate it, I still want to see the Director’s Cut of Mission: Impossible 2. Call me a Woo completist."
The closest I saw to this was the UK cinema version, which had a 15 rating and was more violent than any VHS or DVD release has been anywhere in the world.
I liked M:I2 as well. If you see it expecting to see a Woo film in its full glory then you’ll enjoy it. I don’t understand Woo fans for disliking it because it epitomizes everything a Woo film is about (and on top of that great production values).
The difference between the hospital shootout in Hard Boiled and the blood orgy near the end of Kill Bill Vol. 1 is that the latter was practically uncut violence. There was no intercutting to advance the plot or advance characters like in Hard Boiled where the action is intercut with narrative, it was just unbroken violence. I do see where you’re coming from though Bobby, once they started rescuing the infants and whatnot I really started looking at my watch. Definitely Woo’s “kitchen sink” film.