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Colour Blossoms DVD Review (Region 0)

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  1. Seth Gecko

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ColourBlossoms/ColourBlossomsR3.jpg' ALT='COLOUR BLOSSOMS DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>COLOUR BLOSSOMS</FONT><br>Reviewed June 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Seth Gecko&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Seth Gecko</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 3</B></P><P>Sometimes you watch a movie and you think it’s really dumb. Then there are movies that you watch and you either get, or you’re a little confused (The Matrix seems to be a popular one for that kind of movie). This movie is a definite “Eh?” I’m going to be struggling in writing the synopsis here, so bear with me!</P><P> Meili (Cheung), is single and has yet to meet the man of her dreams, but believes a police officer that she keeps meeting would indeed be the right one. She is an estate agent and as the movie starts, we see her showing a property to Madam Umeki (Matsuzaka). Umeki likes the property and purchases it on the proviso that Meili takes the keys to an apartment she owns and rents it out on her behalf. Meili agrees and goes to the apartment to get it ready for viewing, where she clearly falls in some form of love with the place. While showing someone around the apartment, she appears to have some kind of brain wave and shoos everybody out of the apartment, as they were going to radically alter its design. While sitting in the bedroom, she is startled to see a man, Kim, on the bed behind her and is soon incredibly drawn to him. Soon enough she’s both infatuated by both the Police officer as well as Kim, the photographer. But is everything, or indeed everyone, what they appear to be?</p><P>Vague sounding? Oh yes. Trust me, this isn’t the easiest movie in the world to explain without giving major plot points away and boy is it confusing. I thought it was going to be a love story, the Cat III on the back gave me an idea that it may actually feature something spicy (a couple of breast shots – nothing more) but after watching it, I had this feeling of “Oh….is that it?” but I’m still not convinced. If I say anything more on the revelations contained within, I feel like I’m spoiling the movie, but to be honest, it’s not the greatest movie ever made. The problem is that not only do you not really care what happens; you really have no clue as to where it’s going. Not a problem if it’s a thriller per se, but this is a love story (of sorts) and you’re really trying to figure out what the hook is – there’s no split between the lovers, so we don’t have the reconciliation, there’s just nothing to get your teeth into. Having said that, Meili is rather pretty as is another character and the whole visual look of the film is rather vivid in colour and detail, but pretty pictures don’t make a great movie. As to the ending, where we descend into S&M territory, it just makes you more bewildered in one way, but illustrates a variation on true love, if you get the metaphor it has chosen. Too weird for me to give a recommendation to be honest, but someone may get a kick out of this, even if it’s just for the whips and chains.</P><P><B>Picture : 8</B></P><P>Presented in 2.35:1 with an anamorphic transfer, this is a really nice transfer. No bleed is noticeable and I couldn’t spot any edge enhancement. Colours are bright and vivid – this is a very colourful movie as well – with flesh tones being spot on in general and the black levels are deep and dark, most notably during the end sequence. There was a hint of grain in the beginning but that soon disappeared. In fact, all things considered, I’d say this would be one of the most colourful, vivid and decent transfers I’ve seen for a while. I’m impressed.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ColourBlossoms/ColourBlossomsR3_1.jpg' ALT='COLOUR BLOSSOMS'></P><P><B>Sound : 7</B></P><P>Boasting both a Dolby EX mix as well as a DTS ES mix, one would expect this to have a good soundtrack. Well, sort of. DTS vs. Dolby, the DTS has the edge in volume and in presence, but not by much, so either one you’ll be happy with. In terms of soundstage, the dialogue is clear and crisp (some of it is in English, but you’d be advised to keep the subtitles on) and music is clear and crisp, even if it’s bad electronic music for the most part. Subwoofer usage is apparent, but this isn’t Jurassic Park, so nothing to get excited about. However, when the rears are evoked in a powerful manner, they are rather apparent and welcome, but it’s not the case all the time. Having said that, for this movie, it’s not reliant on that type of soundtrack, so while it’s not reference quality, there’s nothing wrong or bad with it.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ColourBlossoms/ColourBlossomsR3_2.jpg' ALT='COLOUR BLOSSOMS'></P><P><B>Extras : 4</B></P><P>Disk one is devoid of extras, with the exception of a commentary track, which isn’t in English – so I’ll skip that, if that’s all the same to you.</p><P>Disk 2 starts with 8 promotional trailers and the theatrical trailer. Nothing overly exciting, but nothing that is really going to spoil the movie for you either. The Making of featurette lasts for 26 minutes and thankfully has English subtitles. It’s not quite the same fluffy featurette we tend to get and it was interesting that they considered this an erotic movie, which I can see why, but I wouldn’t necessarily agree completely. Worth a view, as well as remembering Harisu isn’t what she appears to be either. The music video for “Solo River Blues” is a bit of an oxymoron as you see a lot of behind the making of the movie, set to this tune. A tad odd if nothing else. Rounding off the disk we have the stills gallery and biographies.</P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ColourBlossoms/ColourBlossomsR3_3.jpg' ALT='COLOUR BLOSSOMS'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br>For user information we use Bitrate 1.4 to scan the disk for the video bitrate, which also calculates the average bitrate. Below is a graph illustrating the bitrate of the disk, including the average bitrate reading. This disk averaged at 8.85 Mbps.</P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ColourBlossoms/ColourBlossomsR3BitRate.jpg' ALT='COLOUR BLOSSOMS'></P><P><B>Verdict : 3</B></P><P>Well, it’s a nice looking movie, visually and PQ-wise and sounds very good, but it’s just a bit…..well, odd really. I’m still not convinced I’ve understood what it was trying to say, but I can’t really come up with any other option than the one I have. It’s certainly a different take on a love story, but that’s not necessarily a recommendation. If it sounds intriguing enough, or you want to see a really nice transfer, it’s cheap enough for a dip but I still can’t recommend it as a movie.</P><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/assocred.asp?W7QIPXOV+/en/prdTransfer.aspx/pid-1003984828" target=”_blank”><img src="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/SuppliersLogos/YesAsia.jpg" Align="absmiddle"></a><br>Please support us by using our review sponsors.</div><TABLE border='0' CELLPADDING='0' CELLSPACING='2' WIDTH='100%'><TR><TD COLSPAN='2'><B>COLOUR BLOSSOMS (2004)</B></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genre</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=DRAMA' target='_blank'>DRAMA</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Director</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=YONFAN' target='_blank'>YONFAN</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Stars</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TERESA CHEUNG' target='_blank'>TERESA CHEUNG</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=HARISU' target='_blank'>HARISU</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=KEIKO MATSUZAKA' target='_blank'>KEIKO MATSUZAKA</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=SHO' target='_blank'>SHO</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=CARL NG' target='_blank'>CARL NG</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>0</B> <FONT>(HONG KONG)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Panorama (HK). Released Saturday 2nd April 2005</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>$16.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>2</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>102 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>12</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1 <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/EX.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='Dolby Digital EX Soundtrack'> EX<BR>Cantonese <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='DTS Soundtrack'> 5.1 ES</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>English, Traditional Chinese</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Amaray with Slipcase</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>Trailers<BR>Making Of<BR>Music Video<BR>Stills Gallery<BR>Biographies</TD></TR></TABLE><P STYLE='text-align: center'>If you would like to comment on this review, please reply below.</P>

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