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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Tian xia wu zei" )


directed by Xiaogang Feng
China / Hong Kong 2004


Pickpocket Bo (Andy Lau, INFERNAL AFFAIRS) and Li (Rene Liu, DOUBLE VISION) are on the run after their latest score. Li has grown tired of their lifestyle and wants to go straight (when they stop at a temple to pray, at her insistence, Li is disgusted that Bo has made off with the cellphones of several members of the pilgrimage). They run into a bumpkin construction worker Fu (Baoqiang Wang, also in Xiaogang Feng's ASSEMBLY), who is traveling back home with his entire life savings in a duffel bag and is not weary enough of thieves. Bo sees this as a chance for a last score, but Li wants to protect the peasant. Unfortunately, they are sharing the train they have boarded with a gang of thieves and arrogant Bo immediately clashes with their leader Uncle Le (Ge You, TO LIVE) - his skills are so honed that he can peel a raw egg with a fingernail - who also has designs on Fu's life savings. A WORLD WITHOUT THIEVES has a potentially interesting plot and set of characters, but the execution is flat thanks to one dimensional characters and a talky script that explains everything at length (Li's dissatisfaction with her criminal lifestyle, Fu's na´vetÚ, etc), hence the unnecessary 110 minute running time. If you don't expect the film to be as deep as it wants to be and can enjoy the presences of Lau and Liu and some gorgeous landscape cinematography, A WORLD WITHOUT THIEVES may still prove entertaining.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: December 6th, 2004

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DVD Review: Palisades Tartan - Region 2 - PAL

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Palisades Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:50:20

2.39:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Palisades Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.39:1

Edition Details:
• Making-Of Featurettes [6 parts] (4:3; 9:08)
• Deleted Scenes [6 parts] (4:3; 9:03)
• Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: September 21st 2009

Chapters 16



Palisades Tartan's Region 2 DVD is a dual-layer NTSC-PAL conversion with a Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix (the cover says 2.0 surround). The back cover lists English and Spanish subtitles (odd for a UK release), but the English subtitles are burnt-in and there is no other subtitle track. Extras include six deleted scenes (in 4:3), six EPK making-of clips (also in 4:3 and totaling less than ten minutes), and a photo gallery.

  - Eric Cotenas

NOTE: The OOP Region 1, reviewed HERE, appears to be a better transfer.  


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