wktn said: Excuse me for intruding. How about VHS? Haven’t it released in the UK? How sad because even I, in far east have a copy sold in Japan. People in the UK should watch and proud of it. It’s not likely to happen but I hope it’s DVD will be released…
Hello and welcome! You’re not intruding at all.
There was a UK VHS release of Open Fire at one point, but this has been deleted for a long time. I’m fairly sure Open Fire was also never repeated on UK television after that first 1994 screening. I know from earlier posts on Tumblr (possibly you? Or this post?) that Japan was luckier re. VHS. (But this isn’t that unusual: you’ve had other, more recent, Rupert films released on DVD in Japan that STILL don’t have a release in the English-speaking world, notably Air Force One Is Down.)
You’re right: it’s outrageous that there hasn’t been a DVD release of Open Fire. I don’t believe this is down to Paul Greengrass (the writer-director), as we can see from posts like this one from geniusbee (2010) that he and Rupert are still on good terms.
My best guess is that there may be other legal or rights reasons Open Fire can’t be released in some territories. Either music soundtrack rights (I’ve blogged about this before) or possibly connected with the real-life events/people depicted. Some of the user comments on YouTube are interesting on this: it seems that Open Fire’s version of the role/fate of the London police in the shooting of Stephen Waldorf (mistaken identity, while they were trying to catch David Martin) – which remains controversial in the UK – is contentious and may be biased…
Thank you for you prompt reply and detailed description. You help me always. I’ve already said this but I mean it.
Shown on TV only one time? No way! I understand that the current situation is much different from that time in terms of legal, privacy or copyright as you pointed out but there were a plenty of time in between to air it. By the way, I’ve just seen the video clips of this you uploaded to youtube. They are unbelievably clear. What a wonderful thing that all the Rupert fans can see them on youtube thanks to you.
I know I’m very lucky. May be it is limited in a few field but still. I have this, AFOID and books of him published in Japan and Morrissey, who said that he couldn’t release his new album in his country, came to my town far far from the capital Tokyo last year and I walked to see his performance. It’s good for me but it is a bit frustrated when I feel as if they were less treated well in their home country (I don’t say they actually are). I of course understand that there must be a convincible reason or multiple reasons politically, contractual or something else (police’s reputation?) behind, but still. I’m sorry I got off the track. What I’d like to say is, I just want the DVD of AFOID and this and new album of Morrissey released in the UK!
Which is better quality in between Taiwanese and Japanese versions? I would like to order one! Thanks! ;)
Japanese. Japanese one is clearly high quality and Taiwanese is normal, or might be a bit poor. But I’m not so sure that the Japanese one worth the expensive price only for its high quality. If it has some special features, makings or interviews, I think I’d be satisfied enough but it doesn’t. So… I’m not sure which to recommend over the other. Shall we wait for another few months for UK version? But no one knows if it will be released in the future or not…
Air Force One is Down (2013) revival boom (in me)
Because I’ve just got my copy of the Japanese version DVD from Amazon. At this point, I have two versions of AFOID dvds: Taiwanese (top right) which I’ve previously owned and this Japanese one (top left). Well, yes, you can call me a collector of AFOID.
Pros and Cons:
Thank you for all the useful detail (and images!) Can you tell us about subtitles options (if any!) for Europe, please?
Right now, it’s more like I’m collecting AFOID posts than AFOID itself, but you never know…
Sure! For Europe? Unfortunately, nothing. Taiwanese has Traditional Chinese subtitles.
Japanese has three different kinds of subtitles: Japanese, big character
Japanese and written Japanese dubbing text. Well, I just need one English,
though (because it helps me listening)