Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 6th, 2016
Theatrical Release Dates: Australia, 2007
Director: Andrew Leavold
Writers: Andrew Leavold, Daniel Haig
Cast: Teddy Co, Celing de la Cruz, Editha De La Cruz, Dolphy, Andrew Leavold, Marrie Lee, Maria Isabel Lopez, Eddie Nicart, Daniel Palisa, Bobby A. Suarez, Weng Weng (archive footage)
DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2016
Approximate running times: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratios: 1.33:1 Academy Ratio & 1.85:1 Letterboxed Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Tagalog / English
DVD Release: Wild Eye Releasing
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
“The bizarre history of Filipino B-films, as told through filmmaker Andrew Leavold’s personal quest to find the truth behind its dwarf James Bond superstar Weng Weng, who took the movie world by storm in the 1970s, and who has since become a viral internet sensation.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
If merely summarizing one’s life was all there was to making a documentary. Then the genre would have lost a lot of luster a long time ago. Fortunately for those of us who obsess about knowing everything there is to know about a subject. There are equally obsessive filmmakers whose will go to great extremes to even the most unlikely of stories. Case in point, The Search for Weng Weng.
Content wise, this film delivers the goods and then some. Every film that Weng Weng appeared is uncovered and discussed. Unfortunately, many of his films no longer exit in any form to actually watch them. And though Weng Weng the hero of this expose is absent (albeit some archive footage). There is abundance of participants who do a remarkable job filling in the gaps. With professional and personal sides are both well represented. And when it comes to information about Weng Weng this film’s greatest contributor is director Eddie Nicart. Overall The Search for Weng Weng is an extraordinary film and a true labor of love that cult movie enthusiasts are sure to thoroughly enjoy.
Wild Eye Releasing presents this film in its intended aspect ratios. The sources used for this documentary vary in quality. With the newly shot interviews being the footage that looks the strongest.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Tagalog / English. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced. Included with this release are English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free.
Extras for this release include, a trailer for Gone Lesbo Gone (2 minutes 23 seconds), I Love Weng Weng music video (3 minutes 16 seconds), extended interviews with Weng Weng’s brother (8 minutes 55 seconds) and filmmaker Eddie Nicart (50 minutes 10 seconds), bonus interview with actor Palito (16 minutes 40 seconds), Sydney Film Festival Q&A with director Andrew Leavold and an audio commentary with Andrew Leavold.
Just when you thought that everything tidbit about Weng Weng had been crammed into this releases center piece the excellent documentary The Search for Weng Weng. To further bolster this release is a treasure trove of additional extras that are equally informative and more importantly the majority of them cover information not covered in the aforementioned documentary. This releases standout extra is the audio commentary that is anchored by Andrew Leavold’s recollections of information that was giving to him by Eddie Nicart, while they watched a few of Weng Weng’s films.
Overall The Search for Weng Weng gets a solid DVD release from Wild Eye Releasing, highly recommended.