Journey to the West out on DVD, Br, VOD

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JOURNEY TO THE WEST TRAVELS TO iTUNES MAY 13th

AND ARRIVES ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND VOD MAY 27th

“The film finds the sweet spot between spoofy and sincere, rollicking and dark.” – LA Times

“Might be Stephen Chow’s craziest movie yet.” – Vulture

“Rarely is it that a CGI-heavy spectacle such as this could be called both entertaining and inspiring in the same breath, but such is the unexpectedly special magic of Journey to the West.” – Slant 

Official Selection:

2013 Berlin International Film Festival

2013 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

Stephen Chow’s latest international hit Journey To The West comes to Canada on iTunes May 13th, and to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on May 27th from Video Services Corp.

What’s the best method for vanquishing monsters: martial arts or loving kindness? It’s a question that goes to the heart of Journey to the West, director Stephen Chow’s dazzling comic fantasy about a gentle Buddhist demon hunter.

The latest in a long line of movies based on the 16th-century novel of the same name, this exuberant and delightfully cartoony CGI-fest topped China’s 2013 box office.

Beginning with the 10-minute opening sequence — a triumph of Rube Goldberg zaniness in a rustic fishing village — Chow’s version of the fable, subtitled Conquering the Demons, is propelled by jaw-dropping visual inventiveness. It spins around two mismatched demon hunters. Nursery rhymes are the weapon of choice for raggedy-haired Xuan Zang (Wen Zhang, Love is Not Blind) whose master teaches him that even demons are born good, providing back stories on how they are transformed by hatred after being wronged. Duan, played by Shu Qi (The Transporter) with a kinetic mix of toughness and vulnerability, has no time for compassion; she’s a mercenary with a magician’s flair for killing and a nifty Infinite Flying Ring.

Their innocence-versus-experience rivalry morphs into Duan’s unrequited love after she decides, somewhat incredibly, that he’s the one. He resists such worldly matters as sex but starts to get the hang of her smackdown approach to evil spirits, and together they face the trickster Monkey King (Huang Bo, Lost in Thailand).

Stephen Chow is one of the most beloved actors/directors in the world of Chinese cinema. In 2001, Chow wrote, produced, directed and starred inShaolin Soccer, which broke the box office record for a Chinese film in Hong Kong. The film won Best Picture, and Chow won Best Actor and Best Director, at the Hong Kong Film Awards. His success continued

in 2004 with the release of Kung Fu Hustle, which again broke the box office record in Hong Kong. The film received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It also won Best Picture, and Chow won Best Director, at the Golden Horse Awards. Chow’s most recent film was the 2008 science fiction movie CJ7, which again garnered multiple nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Journey to the West has grossed over $205,000,000 worldwide.

Bonus features on the DVD and the Blu-ray include featurettes on the stunts and special effects, the cast and characters, Director Stephen Chow, the laughs, production design and comedy as well as the theatrical trailer.

DVD DETAILS:

SRP: $26.98 | TRT: 110 min

Street Date: 27 May 2014

UPC: 7-78854-20729-5| Catalog: MAG2072

Genre: Fantasy

Language : Mandarin, dubbed English

Subtitles : English SDH, English, French, Spanish

BLU-RAY DETAILS:

SRP: $29.98| TRT: 110 min

Street Date: 27 May 2014

UPC: 7-78854-20739-4| Catalog: MAG2073

Genre: Fantasy

Language : Mandarin, dubbed English

Subtitles : English SDH, English, French, Spanish

DVD and Blu-ray Bonus Features

Stunts & Special Effects

Cast & Characters

Director Stephen Chow Feature

The Laughs

Production Design

Choreography

English & French Subtitles

About Video Services Corp.

Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. With a vast catalogue strong in television, sports and comedy, some of VSC’s recent theatrical releases include Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd, Alan Partridge with Steve Coogan, and The Matchmaker from Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher. Upcoming films include TIFF selection We Are the Best and Sundance selection Frank. VSC also owns the e-commerce websites sportonvideo.com, laffstock.com and jewishflicks.com.