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Shaolin Soccer: Extended Version DTS DVD Review (Region ALL)

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  1. Sigismund

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    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><FONT STYLE='font-size: 18px'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerEndendedVersionR3.jpg' ALT='SHAOLIN SOCCER: EXTENDED VERSION DVD cover artwork' ALIGN='RIGHT'>SHAOLIN SOCCER: EXTENDED VERSION</FONT><br>Reviewed June 2005 by <A HREF='search.php?do=process&query=Mark Haywood&showposts=1&forumchoice[]=107&forumchoice[]=197' target='_top'>Mark Haywood</A>.</P><P><B>The Movie : 5</B></P><P>Having helmed the phenomenal 2004 success <b>Kung Fu Hustle</b> it’s clear that Stephen Chow has a golden fist when it comes to making money from movies. But three years earlier, when Hustle was a mere twinkle in director/screenwriter/actor Chow’s eye, the talented eastern superstar – for superstar the guy most certainly is – led another project… <b>Shaolin Soccer</b>. So, how do the two movies compare? Well, in some ways they are similar as both revolve around master exponents of Kung Fu, and both movies benefit from a large helping of humour. However, where Hustle is clearly a major <I>blockbuster</I> of a film, Shaolin Soccer has more earthy roots.</p><P>Stephen Chow plays Sing, Brother No. 5 – a man who appears down on his luck, skint, scavenging for food and with a solitary pair of severely worn sneakers to his name. Sing is looking for an angle, desperately searching for a way to incorporate his Kung Fu skills into a money making exercise. Perhaps his latest idea of a singing Kung Fu duet will be a turning point? Erm, I don’t think so! No, it turns out that Sing’s niche is his footballing skills and along with his “brothers”, Iron Head, Hooking Leg, Empty Hand, Weight Vest and Iron Shirt a soccer team is born. And with these guy’s individual abilities this team could be going places!</p><P>Sadly, I thought the movie’s humour came across as basic and flat. The storyline is simplistic, to say the least, and when compared to Kung Fu Hustle it’s clear that Shaolin Soccer was made with the hope of being a stepping stone to better things. Regarded as such it’s an ok movie. As a film project standing on its own two feet - it’s kind of… dull.</p><P><B>Picture : 5</B></P><P>Image wise things are pretty much in line with the style of the movie – eminently average. There is a bit of print damage and video noise, which along with a little help from the dreaded use of edge enhancement, robs the picture of any real detail leaving things looking a little soft and… average looking. If you want sharp, detailed and gloriously colourful images you’ll have to check out Kung Fu Hustle – it’s amazing the difference three years and a few millions on the budget makes!</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerEndendedVersion_1.jpg' ALT='SHAOLIN SOCCER: EXTENDED VERSION'></P><P><B>Sound : 7</B></P><P>This release of Shaolin Soccer comes with the choice of straight stereo, as well as Cantonese and Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kbps) tracks and a Cantonese DTS (768Kbps) offering. I did compare the Mandarin and Cantonese tracks and found little between them, although it is obvious that the Mandarin version is dubbed – I’m not quite sure why, as I obviously couldn’t understand a word, but I found the dubbed track a little off-putting… which is all kind of by the bye because I would choose the DTS track here every time! The moments of deep bass, and there are a few of them, are handled very well and at times my giant beanbag vibrated nicely. Surround channels aren’t exactly overused, but they do their job pretty well and fill in nicely when required – dough making has never sounded so good! All in all I was quite impressed.</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerEndendedVersion_2.jpg' ALT='SHAOLIN SOCCER: EXTENDED VERSION'></P><P><B>Extras : 5</B></P><P>First off we have the option of playing the extended Director’s Cut of the movie. This is accessed by clicking on the Special Version tab and following the Chinese instructions… or, if you’re a little more sensible than me, clicking on the English tab and then following the instructions! Kind of like “following the white rabbit” this means clicking on an icon when it pops up throughout the movie.</p><P>Unfortunately, Star Files does not have an “English” tab, so unless you can read Chinese these extras are pretty meaningless. Just as well then that the twenty-minute Making Of documentary brings those subtitles back. What comes across from this short is that Stephen Chow seems like a thoroughly nice chap – something confirmed by the strangely titled NG Footage. I guess this would normally be called Bloomers, and is a real blast… if only watching the actual movie could have been this much fun! Want to know how some of those special effects sequences were put together? Click on Special Effects and all will be revealed – although it is kind of short and sweet.</p><P>I’ve seen better supplemental features… but then I’ve also seen worse!</p><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerEndendedVersion_3.jpg' ALT='SHAOLIN SOCCER: EXTENDED VERSION'></P><P><B>Trivia</B><br><P>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. Try as I might I could only scan chapter four, which averaged 5.43Mb/sec.</p></P><P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC='http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerExtendedVersionBitrateR3.jpg' ALT='SHAOLIN SOCCER: EXTENDED VERSION'></P><P><B>Verdict : 5</B></P><P>A rental if ever there was one.</p><div ALIGN='CENTER'>Review Disc Supplied by <a href="http://global.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/pid-1001814990/code-c/section-videos/" 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>SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001)</B><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?compare=1980' target='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/comparedvds.gif' WIDTH='121' HEIGHT='18' border='0' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' ALT='Comparison feature coming soon'></A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Genres</TD><TD><A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=COMEDY' target='_blank'>COMEDY</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ACTION' target='_blank'>ACTION</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HONG KONG ACTION' target='_blank'>HONG KONG ACTION</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=STEPHEN CHOW' target='_blank'>STEPHEN CHOW</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=LIK-CHI LEE' target='_blank'>LIK-CHI LEE</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=STEPHEN CHOW' target='_blank'>STEPHEN CHOW</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=VICKI ZHAO' target='_blank'>VICKI ZHAO</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=NG MAN' target='_blank'>NG MAN</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TAT PATRICK' target='_blank'>TAT PATRICK</A>, <A HREF='http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TSE YIN' target='_blank'>TSE YIN</A></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65'><B>Region</B></TD><TD><B>All</B> <FONT>(HONG KONG)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Supplier</TD><TD><FONT>Universe Laser and Video Co. Ltd.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>SRP</TD><TD><FONT>12.99</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Discs</TD><TD><FONT>1</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Format</TD><TD><FONT>DVD 9</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Time</TD><TD><FONT>100 mins.</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN='TOP' WIDTH='65'>Chapters</TD><TD><FONT>8</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Picture</TD><TD>Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1&nbsp;</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Sound</TD><TD>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Cantonese <IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/images/dts.gif' ALIGN='ABSMIDDLE' border='0' ALT='DTS Soundtrack'><BR>Cantonese 2.0<BR>Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Subtitles</TD><TD>Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Case</TD><TD>Amaray</TD></TR><TR><TD WIDTH='65' VALIGN='TOP'>Extras</TD><TD>Extended Version<BR>Stars’ Files<BR>Making Of<BR>Photo Gallery<BR>NG Footage<BR>Special Effects<BR>Trailer</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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    Sorry Mark, but I have to disagree.

    5/10 for the film ???????????? even for the converted surely a 7 would be appropriate, it's a fabulous movie (although not quite up to the Kung Fu Hustle standard - but not far off it)
    I got the 3 disc set (R3) which included expanded editions en all, and was well impressed with PQ and sound on my plasma.

    I realise its all about opinions, but I would hate for people to not bother, although to be fair you did mention rent.
     
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    hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i agree on some points but the film is great!

    I admit its better once you have had a few beers then it transforms into a classic. cmon :lease:
     

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