Aug 252022

Running Out of Time 1 & 2 arrives on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and stars Andy Lau and Lau Cing Wan and includes a plethora of bonus features including audio commentaries, featurettes, interviews and trailers.



Running Out of Time 1 & 2

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Action
Arrow Video| NR – 93 min. / 96 min. – $49.95 | August 30, 2022

Date Published: 08/25/2022 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Johnnie To (ROOT1), Law Wing Cheong and Johnnie To (ROOT2)
Writer(s): Yau Nai Hoi, Laurent Courtiaud and Julien Carbon (ROOT1), Yau Nai Hoi, Au Kin Yee and The Milkyway Creative Team (ROOT2)
Cast (ROOT1): Andy Lau, Lau Ching Wan, Yoyo Mung, Waise Lee
Cast (ROOT2): Lau Ching Wan, Ekin Cheng, Kelly Lin, Hui Siu Hung

Features: Audio Commentaries, Featurettes, Interviews, Trailers, Galleries
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: Cantonese/Mandarin (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A



Running Out of Time (1999) — Expert hostage negotiator Ho Sheung Sang (LAU CHING WAN) is drawn into a psychological game of cat-and-mouse when a criminal mastermind with weeks to live (ANDY LAU) decides to take on the entire Hong Kong Police Force, There’s more to his plan than meets the ey, but can Inspector Ho figure it out and catch him in time? He’s got 72 hours to try.

Running Out of Time 2 (2001) — The film brings back Inspector Ho Sheung-sang (LAU CHING WAN), this time to contend with another clever thief (EKIN CHENG). This time around, the thief is determined to extort money from a high-strung businesswoman (KELLY LIN) and play a few rounds of clever games with Ho in the process.



This two-disc set comes in an HD keep case and comes with a matted slip cover. Inside is also a booklet with an essay and information on the transfer.


  • Audio Commentaries:
    • Hong Kong Film Expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
    • Writers Laurent Courtiaud and Julien Carbon, moderated by Hong Kong Film Expert Stefan Hammond
    • Screenwriters Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud


  • Screenwriters Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud (2003) (21:57)
  • Carbon and Courtiaud (2005) (37:09)
  • Director Johnnie To (11:43)
  • Actor Lai-Ching Wong (26:19)
  • Composer Raymond Wong (27:24)

The Directors’ Overview of Carbon and Courtiaud (8:24) is an archival featurette from 2005.

Also included on this disc is the Theatrical Trailer (2:28) and an Image Gallery.

Audio Commentary — Hong Kong Film Expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)

The Making of Running Out of Time 2 (5:46) is an archive featurette.

Hong Kong Stories (49:45) is a lengthy documentary from 2003 about HK cinema mythology via Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud’s experience as screenwriters in the HK film industry, working for Wong Kar-wai, Tsui Hark, Daniel Lee and Johnnie To.

Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:41) and an Image Gallery.


VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 5/5

Both films received 1080p high-definition transfers, presented in their original 1.85 aspect ratios. Per the booklet, these were provided and restored by Fortune Star. As it is, while not entirely perfect as some shots, perhaps on purpose, looked a bit too heavy on the grain, for the most part though the transfers were sharp while colors were well balanced and there were no apparent dust marks, artifacts or other visual flaws.

The movies both have a Cantononse/Mandarin DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks which I found to be strong but not overbearing with the dialogue comes across with good clarity and there were no obvious hissing or pops making for clean lossless tracks. There is also English-dubbed tracks available as well.

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