The 2.35:1 anamorphic image is crisp, clean and highly detailed. The various film techniques used ranging from Japanese anime to dusty American desert landscapes are presented in all there glory. Colours are rich and well defined with blacks looking solid and stable and shadow detail is prominent. Flesh tones are natural and the copious amounts of blood, especially during the 88 gangs' demise, is a stream of solid reds with no signs of bleed (pun intended) or bloom present. Edge enhancement is kept to a minimum and overall this is a great presentation of the movie which when compared to the R1 & R3 discs is identical apart from the uncut scenes and the black and white fight footage on the R1 & R3, this edition shows everything is Colour.
It is worth noting that English subtitles during the Japanese language parts of the film are NOT burnt into the screen so you will have to use the English subtitles. You can either watch the entire movie with the subtitles on or try and be quick doing it on the fly, not great but not as distracting as you may think.
Identical to the Boxset disc and with all the action in colour this would appear to be the best version to get. Yes you will have to switch the subtitles on during the Japanese language parts as you do with the R3 Korean disc, but the advantage is that the Korean disc is black & White during the fight scenes, this disc is not. Not cheap to import but certainly cheaper than the boxset.
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