Thursday, January 19, 2012

Where Are All These Shaw Brothers DVDs Coming From?

"You don't go out looking for a job dressed like that? On a weekday?"

Let's be clear about one thing: there is no way I'm about to rebuy my entire Shaw Brothers DVD collection now that I'm here.

Frankly, I've got little interest in rebuying most of the DVDs I sold back in America, SB titles or otherwise.

(Though I needed that Manics 2CD/DVD combination and the title you see rocking out on the TV here!)

That said, I sometimes scan a few shops here to see what's up and I was greeted with a very pleasant surprise today when I strolled into that HMV on Park Lane in Causeway Bay.

In a store that usually has less than 20 Shaw Brothers titles in stock, there were suddenly dozens -- is it something special for Lunar New Year? -- on the shelves.

I had to get back Hong Kong Nocturne (1967) as it's incredibly rare and a great film in many ways. And I also grabbed Hong Kong Hong Kong (1983) as it's a film that I really enjoyed and one that I'd like to rewatch in the context of being here in Hong Kong.

And, in case any of you SB junkies are wondering, there were a lot of formerly rare titles on the shelves at this HMV. I can only imagine the stock at the other HMVs.

Maybe I could make a living by buying these up and reselling them on eBay and Amazon?

Shipping would be enormous, I'm sure.

And, yes, there were about 6 copies of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (1983) on the shelf too!