Ong-Bak Platinum Edition comes to UK DVD in September
13th Jul 05
No CGI. No stunt-doubles. Oh yes, action fans, this is the real deal - finally a recent action film that features nothing in the way of special effects or camera trickery. This is Ong-Bak, the film that introduced martial arts phenomenon Tony Jaa to the world, and we're extremely thankful it did.
Now Premier Asia have announced a UK release date for their amazing Platinum edition of this movie (with over 5 hours of extras!), so start saving your pennies now.
Four years in the making (in which time Jaa perfected his Muay Thai fighting skills), a village in Thailand seek out a new hero to retrieve their stolen 'Ong-Bak' Buddha statue.
Up pops Ting (Tony Jaa), an orphaned youth raised by a kindly monk in the local temple and schooled in an ancient system of Muay Thai: "Nine Body Weapons". Ting's quest leads him to the sex- and drug-riddled mean streets of the Bangkok underworld, where the only way this reluctant small-town hero can succeed in his task is by summoning every ounce of his awesome skill, courage and stamina to become a human lethal weapon.
Ong-Bak (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£19.99) by Premier Asia on 19th September 2005.
Special Features include:
Digitally remastered and restored 16:9 anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TVs
Exclusive brand new orchestral soundtrack composed especially for the UK theatrical and DVD release
Exclusive feature length audio commentary by Asia cinema exepert Bey Logan
"The Road To Glory" an eight-part "making of" documentary
"The Art of Muay Thai" an exclusive documentary of the art of Thai boxing
From Dust to Glory" an interview with star Tony Jaa
"Ong-Bak on Tour" promo tour highlights including live martial arts demonstrations by Tony Jaa
Deleted scenes and alternate ending
"Visible Secret" a rare and exclusive rehearsal montage featuring Tony Jaa and action consultant Don Ferguson
"The Bodyguard" an exclusive interview with Don Ferguson
"Mad Dog" an exclusive interview with co-star David Ismalone
"Pearl Harbour" an exclusive interview with co-star Erik Markus Sheutz
UK promotional trailer; dual language format (English dubbed and Thai language with remastered English subtitles)
Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS audio
Premier Asia - you are surely spoiling us...
The team behind the film have inserted some subliminal messages to western film-makers within their own film. In the three-wheeled taxi scene when one of the little taxis flies and crashes into a building, you can see the writing "Hi Luc Besson we are waiting for you" on a nearby wall.
Also, during the alley chase, the text "Hi Spielberg, let's do it together" can be read on the wall in the background.
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