I Found a boot of this in Chinatown for 10 bucks ,it has both the shorter canto version and the longer mandarin version with eng subs . This is Woo's best film in years in fact since the Killer in 1989 . Its also very complex and the story seems rushed (Im also reading the epic book Romance Of The Three Kingdoms from which this is taken),and Tony Leung Chiu Wai is probably the weakest of the three leads (he really was not interested in doing this film having dropped out once than coming back to replace Chow Yun Fat who passed on the dream role that would have saved his career ) All that aside it is simply stunning to watch and probably the best new film so far this year . It has all the heroic bloodshed elements we love (no guns though this is feudal HB )Epic battles and this is only part one . Part 2 hits screens in China in Jan 09 . The Chinese Version runs over 4 hours and is two films ,and no surprise here the U.s version which hits theaters in Jan will be a chopped 2 hour edit ,so forget that and get the Chinese Version . If you like this than you should also pick up the ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS RESURRECTION OF THE DRAGON starring ANDY LAU ,SAMMO HUNG and MAGGIE Q , This covers events after the RED CLIFF saga and is almost as great as the Woo film .