28/05/02 - Release Dates!!! - We have
info from a French Website currently at Cannes as to possible release
dates. Both updates taken from (and translated!) from www.dvdrama.net
21/05/02 - Recently rediscovered thanks to the
role of Jade Hyène in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon of Ang
Lee, Cheng Pei-Pei, the female icon of Chinese Sword films (Wu Xia
Pian) will come to present tomorrow in Cannes (non-competition) the
film which made her a star of the genre, Come Drink With Me
by King Hu. This film was remastered by the company Celestial Pictures
which holds the rights to the entire catalogue of films produced by
Shaw Brothers (+ of 600 feature films!). Battle will start in July
with a score of titles of Shaw which will leave in VCD. The
first DVD will leave at the beginning of 2003. One awaits them
with a real impatience!
27/05/02 - Living legend of Wu Xia Pian, Cheng
Pei-Pei (Tiger and Dragon, Jade Claws) will honour us with her presence
(the interview arrives!!!) for the projection of Come With Drink
Me by King Hu which was presented in a remastered version of incredible
beauty (blazing colours, no dust on the copy, new English subtitles...).
The company Celestial Pictures also presented 4 other Shaw Brothers
films in original copies, the 36th Chamber of Shaolin by Liu
Chia-Liang, the Martial arts of Shaolin with Jet Li, The
Golden Lotus with Li Han-Hsiang (The Love Eterne), and Love
In A Fallen City with Ann Hui and Chow Yun-Fat, films which
will probably make part of the first batch of VCD which will leave
HK in July 2002.
Promo for Come Drink with Me
26/05/02 - Not only is the prodigious Michelle
Yeoh a judge at Cannes, but info on the Celestial presence
Remastered and Restored Films -
As for the Retrospectives, Cannes' heritage film program
has grown noticeably. Starting this year, the Festival is launching
a new tradition. A selection of the best remastered and restored films
will now be presented every year in Salle Buñuel.
Come from all over the world (Europe, United States,
Asia), these talking films have been chosen among a selection of possible
pictures recommended by the archive departments, cinematheques, studios,
and producers. The selection criteria included the choice of title,
the quality of the film, the historical implications, the quality
of the copy, the amount of technical work, etc.
By presenting the most splendid remastered films, Cannes
honors the research and restoration work undertaken every year by
the best national cinematheques.
Come Drink with Me (Da Zui Xia) by King Hu (Hong
Kong). Restoration from original negative and 35mm print: Celestial
23/05/02 - Celestial Email Update Exclusive:
Hi there Paul,
Thank you very much for your email and your concern. Over the past
few days we have received email from our
Shaw Brothers' fans who have also kindly informed us of the rumours.
With regards to your queries, can I get back to you next week - our
distribution team will return from the Cannes Film Festival and only
then will I have more concrete information ref to release dates and
No - its not true that the Shaw Bros titles are for release for TV
& cinema only. We are definitely remastering titles for Home Video
release - this is a priority - and of course there will be territories
that will include TV and cinema as well.
I will get back to you ASAP...please try to bear with me a little
longer...I really understand how you guys feel.
Thank you for your patience and also for pacifying our fans!!
21/05/02- Here is another Screendaily
article on Celestial - Hong
Kong's Celestial lines up starry debut
17/05/02 - It is possible that the initial release
list of Shaw Brothers titles from Celestial may have been a
hoax? (see 19/03/02)
But word is that Have Sword Will Travel and
a One Armed Swordsman Box Set is on the way. Still no fixed
release dates though.
12/05/02 - Hong Kong's Celestial Pictures builds
team for vertical integration
Liz Shackleton in Hong Kong 06 May 2002 04:00 (www.screendaily.com/story.asp?storyid=8090)
Fledgling Hong Kong studio Celestial Pictures has appointed
industry veteran Gordon Cheung as executive vice president of distribution.
Cheung was formerly executive vice president of Hong
Kong digital effects house, Centro Digital Pictures, where he was
responsible for sales and distribution of the companys own productions.
He also spent 10 years at Golden Harvest Entertainment as vice president,
distribution, and three years in a similar role at Vestron Pictures
in the US.
In his new position, Cheung will oversee sales and
distribution of the 760-title Shaw Brothers library along with Celestials
new productions which will be unveiled during Cannes.
In addition, Celestial has appointed Tony Watts, former
head of movies at pan-Asian satellite broadcaster Star TV, as head
of network operations. The company plans to launch a bouquet of film
channels, the first of which, a Chinese-language movie channel, will
be rolled out this year.
With backing from Malaysian media empire Usaha Tegas,
Celestial is gearing up to become a vertically integrated studio operation
with interests spanning production, distribution and broadcast. The
company is headed by former Sony TV executive William Pfeiffer and
has also tapped leading Hong Kong producer-director Wong Jing to oversee
12/04/02 - Important update
Question: An issue that has brought a great
deal of discussion and interest recently online is whether Celestial
Pictures will release Shaw Brothers movies with a dubbed track as
well as the promised 'original language track'?
Answer: Celestial will be releasing a dubbed
audio track where available !!!!
09/04/02 - Email from Celestial to HKCinema:
Thank you for your email.
It's fantastic to see the great support for Hong Kong
cinema! And a big thank-you for the dedicated page!
As you're already aware, we will be releasing the Shaw
Bros movies on DVD worldwide some time around June. The exact
release dates have not yet been confirmed - currently finalizing distributors.
We will definitely add your details to our mailing list...and notify
you of our exciting developments and the launch of our official web
site in the not so distant future!
Once again, thank you for your patience and your continued
Lui Yeung, Celestial Pictures
08/04/02 - Here is the url for the Celestial
Pictures Homepage - http://www.celestialpictures.com.hk/