Anyone who watched that Ong Bak 2: The Beginning trailer this morning might have noticed that it had the Six Shooter Film Series attached to it. It’s true- the incredible Magnet Releasing will once again be bringing back their popular series, blasting a whole group of indie films into theaters and home video!
Here are the first five films that they’ll be releasing.
ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING, Tony Jaa’s highly anticipated sequel to Ong Bak is #1, which opens theatrically in select markets on Friday, October 23rd, after debuting today on VOD platforms as part of Magnolia/Magnet’s Ultra VOD program.
BRONSON, the Sundance favorite from director Nicolas Winding Refn (director of the PUSHER trilogy) is #2, is about to make an appearance at this year’s Fantastic Fest prior to its opening in NY on Friday, October 9th and expansion through the month of October. Called A Clockwork Orange for the 21st century, BRONSON features what many are calling the performance of the year from Tom Hardy as notorious British inmate Charles Bronson. The film is being given the same kind of release in the same position in the series as last year’s Let The Right One In, which proved to be one of the year’s best foreign film success stories.
RED CLIFF is #3—a monumental epic and return to form for action maestro John Woo, reuniting him with international superstar Toney Leung for the first time since 1991’s Hard Boiled. The most expensive and most successful Asian film of all time, RED CLIFF is a period war film depicting China’s legendary Battle of Red Cliff from 208 AD. Available on VOD beginning October 22nd, the film will open in select theaters on Friday, November 20th.
DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM, another anticipated sequel is #4, and is making its North American Premiere in Austin at Fantastic Fest. Like its predecessor, District B13, which introduced the world to the jaw dropping martial art, parkour, ULTIMATUM is written by French action master Luc Besson, and stars parkour phenoms David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli. It will debut in January 2010 on VOD with a February theatrical release.
THE WARLORDS, starring Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro is #5. Another historical action epic, it was a huge critical and commercial hit in China much like RED CLIFF. THE WARLORDS will debut on VOD in February 2010, with a theatrical release in March.
Bronson and The Warlords will be well worth seeing in theaters. The sixth film hasn’t been announced yet, but Magnet’s Quinn says, “Stay tuned… we have plans to announce an exciting initiative that involves working with genre fans to determine the sixth film in the series.”
Last year’s Six Shooter Series had a couple of blanks but more than its share of incredible movies, with Let The Right One In, Special, Timecrimes, Eden Log, Donkey Punch and Big Man Japan all getting theatrical releases. Every one is available on Netflix Instant right now, and well worth bumping to the top of your queue (except Donkey Punch…)
Now they’ve learned the value of VOD, so with the exception of the incredible Bronson (damn!) the films will be released on VOD, Xbox and Amazon about a month before they hit theaters. So very, very awesome.
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