Director John Woo’s Chinese historical epic Red Cliff
broke the box office record in mainland China previously held by Titanic
and got overwhelming favorable reviews stateside for its breathtaking battle sequences.
The most expensive ($80 million) Asian-financed film ever is based on the Battle of Red Cliffs and events during the fall of the Han Dynasty and immediately before the Three Kingdoms period in ancient China. In Asia, Red Cliff
was released in two parts due to its epic length that makes Avatar
and Inglourious Basterds
seem like short stories. America and the rest of the world saw a two-and-a-half hour version.
Magnet/Magnolia is covering all bases when it releases Red Cliff on DVD and Blu-ray on March 23. There will be two versions of each: a single disc DVD and BD of the aforementioned theatrical cut as well as a two-disc DVD and BD of the original five-hour international version. No matter which version or format you choose, you’ll get the same extras: three featurettes (“John Woo Interview,” “The Making of Red Cliff” and HDNet: A Look at Red Cliff”) along with storyboards. This is one of the first movies Blu-ray Bob has encountered that is too long to fit on one BD, but since movie runtimes keep getting longer and longer we feel confident that Woo won’t be the last director to push disc capacity over the cliff.