Wacky stories about how its star and director ditched the production of the expensive Thai movie to meditate in the jungles notwithstanding, Tony Jaa’s directorial debut, “Ong Bak 2” (forget about the title, the film has no connections to the original movie also starring Jaa) will be hitting Stateside theaters on October 23 courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. No doubt riding high on the name of its star, the film should do plenty business in limited release, but will no doubt earn most of its profits from DVD and other ancillary sales.
But even before the film hits theaters, Magnolia Pictures says you’ll actually be able to buy it on Video on Demand on September 25th. Yeah, I haven’t a clue how that works, but apparently releasing the movie onto VOD before its theatrical release has become the “in” thing to do, because it’s happening more and more with titles that studios aren’t sure will earn enough from their limited theatrical runs to justify the expense.
That’s right, kids, you’ll be able to see brutal fighting (or as the tagline proclaims: “Real fight is back, bitches!” minus the “bitches” part, ahem) at its best in theaters, which means those speakers will get a work out from all the bone crunching sound effects. And this time, Jaa won’t be just going Muay Thai crazy on people, he’ll be using a variety of martial arts to accomplish the same task. And what’s the purpose of all this brutality, you ask? Why, putting Thai stunt people in traction, of course, all for your enjoyment, you bastards. God bless Thailand.
And in case you missed it, here’s the trailer for “Ong Bak 2”. Say it with me now: “OUCH.”