Discussion in 'Shopping, Deals, Discounts & Bargains' started by raigraphixs, Oct 11, 2004.
Nice one, I was wondering when this was out. That is cheap
I would be careful as its not clear what version cdwow are selling?? There is a mainland chinese version coming out which will have a poor picture and Burnt on Duel English/ Chinese subs in small text. Yesasia and other online stores also list the dvd BUT no one knows if it is the Chinese version OR the official HK release (which should be as good as the Hero dvd ).
I'm waiting till its confirmed what version there are doing.
It does state this on the bottom of the page
#This is Official HK release version and no icon on the screen.
but I think I might wait & see if there is a 2 disc set
I think 'region 3' 2-disc versions are a waste, as the extras are nearly always in foreign language with no subtitles. All the ones i have got anyway in the past.
The region 2 versions take forever, like Hero.
Its confirmed it is the official Edko HK release - the same company that did the excellent HK dvd of Hero - Sadly only 1 disc and with no DTS - but still worth a buy.
How did you find out about no DTS?
everywhere I have found it it shows TBC!!
All the online stores have it listed as DD only and KFC cinema also listed it as DD in there Release news feature.
But i could be wrong (hopefully i'am ) As asiandvdguide have it listed as....
Letterboxed and 16x9 enhanced
Mandarin (DTS), Mandarin (DD 5.1)
Chinese (Traditional) and English subtitles
Extras: Theatrical trailer, photo gallery, and cast/crew filmographies.
So fingers crossed there is a good DTS track on it.
Looks like DTS to me.
CD-WOW now showing it with DTS too.
Any one heard of them?
Mines been posted by cdwow - looking forward to this. The trailer looks superb.
Got mine today. Looks real good.
is the picture and audio quality on a par with hero? i know there are no extras listed but i only want the film, and the price is very good so was wondering how it looked.
Just looked at it and I'd say the picture is not that great. But as I'm stuck at work, I can't give a proper opinion. But first impressions are not good.
So, when you lot have done yer viewing, how about a small review?
Been wondering about adding this to the collection but this kind of had me holding off.
Seems as though it could be my kind 'o' flick from above description.
I mean ....people with a dagger in the heart that don't stay dead must be really hard!
Out of interest...is buying from Hong Kong cd wow, cheaper than the UK cdwow ?...are there any postage charges to add ?
Postage is still free and sometimes it is cheaper to buy titles from the HK site but not always, sometimes they cant be alot more expensive.
Do you have the Edko verison? Cause it looks simply amazing to me, it does have the same problem on progressive players as Hero, I believe that its 30 frames per second NTSC which can give it a burly look, this is fixable on my player. I have spotted one or two scenes where parts of the background appears to go out of focus, but I'm not sure if this is my player, the DVD, or the orginal recording as this is a fast paced pan with a big change in focus.
This version does have a 5.1 DTS and a 5.1 dolby mix, the english subs seem on the money as well.
Finally managed to go for this today for £7.24, after numerous problems buying on the site. Problem with Worldpay is sorted now, apparently, to anyone else having problems.
Yes I do have this version and finally got to watch it on my home set-up.
In my eyes the picture is not too clever. The whole film has a look of being over exposed. Which makes it seem as things near to white create glare. I don't know if that is an intentional look of the film or not, but I find it very distracting.It also looks blurry in quck moving scenes and fine detail seems to be lacking.
In my opinion, not a patch on the Hero tranfer.
Anyone else seen this yet to agree or disagree?
I noticed some odd focus issues early on (the brothel scene) and there were overexposed sequences in the film (not the whole of), however, I think those are probably stylistic. On first impression it seems an inferior transfer to Hero, but without having seen "House of Flying Daggers" at the cinema, it's difficult to determine how it is supposed to look.
I notice the slight blurring during the brothel scene too. I also noticed a dropped frame when Zhang Zi Yi was take out of the stocks (wooden contraption) early on in the movie (around 10-12 minutes in). Anyone else spot this, or is it my disk?
Other than this, I've no complaints. I think the over-exposure may be stylistic but as I haven't seen it in the cinema either - I can't be sure. I preferred the story to that of Hero, and really like the end fight; pretty brutal in places and conveyed the emotion of the two protagonists well.
I really enjoyed it and for just over £6, an absolute bargain.
I think it is, the skin tones are consistantly natural for me, I use skin tone rather than background as my baseline for contrast etc.
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