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Posted by dmcfan at spider-ntc-tc033.proxy.aol.com on October 24, 2001 at 02:03:43:

In Reply to: Re: Hey Vincent, are you into... posted by Vincent on October 24, 2001 at 01:47:37:

...any of Tsui Hark's stuff, you should definately check out PEKING OPERA BLUES. I don't know if you've heard of this film, but it is brilliant and very entertaining for anyone who appreciates good cinema (such as yourself).

I want to revisit DAY OF THE DEAD after reading your post. DAWN seems to get all the attention, but DAY was pretty damn cool as well.

: : ...the films of John Woo/Ringo Lam/Tsui Hark?

: I like Woo and enjoyed Lam's CIT ON FIRE. Haven't seen any Hark stuff yet.

: : How did you become such a big Argento fanboy? How were you introduced to his films?

: Reading about them in the early 1980s in Fangoria. I had this vision in my head of what the "perfect" horror film would be like, and their description of SUSPIRIA matched my vision, so I just had to find out about his work. At the time, all I had access towas THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE and DEEP RED on pan-and-scan, cut VHS video, but it was enough to hook me, and I started tracking down his other films. In 1987, Tim Lucas published his influential article "The Butchering of Argento" in Fangoria where he talked about the cutting of Argento's work on these shores and the existance of imported uncut editions on laserdisc and tape, and from that article a lot of people wrote letters to Fangoria, and I wrote some of those people who HAD some of those uncut laserdiscs, etc., and we started trading tapes and I got pretty much every Argento film on tape at this point.

: : Do you prefer his or Romero's cut of DAWN OF THE DEAD?

: I prefer the Cannes cut which is 140-minutes above all others. Argento's cut has some interesting alternate footage that's in NIETHER Romero cut, but overall Argento's cut feels too rushed and sloppy to me, and it's rather disconcerting seeing so many scenes sans music that are scored effectively in Romero's versions.

: In any case, DAY OF THE DEAD is by far the best of Romero's "dead" films, but so many people seem to dislike it. I just watched both DAWN and DAY recently, and DAY is so much more compelling, not to mention better acted and more poetic.

: Vincent

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