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Shaolin Soccer Region 1 DVD review

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  1. Sigismund

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="40">&nbsp;</TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 18px; color: white; text-align: center '>SHAOLIN SOCCER</TD><TD WIDTH="40"><A HREF='http://www.mpaa.org/movieratings/' TARGET='_blank'><IMG SRC='http://www.totaldvd.net/reviews/discs/certification/images/mpaaPG13.gif' WIDTH='30' HEIGHT='30' ALIGN='RIGHT' ALT='PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED' BORDER='0'></A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="120"><TD><TD STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: center'>Reviewed September 2004 by <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?dvdid=Liam McLaughlin" STYLE="color: white">Liam McLaughlin.</A></TD><TD WIDTH="120" STYLE='font-size: 10px; color: white; text-align: right'>

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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD COLSPAN="2" VALIGN="TOP"><IMG SRC="http://www.wvip.co.uk/images/dvd/ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerR1.jpg" ALT="SHAOLIN SOCCER DVD cover artwork" ALIGN="RIGHT"><B>SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001)<B> <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?compare=1980"><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/images/comparedvds.gif" WIDTH="121" HEIGHT="18" BORDER="0" ALIGN="ABSMIDDLE" ALT="Comparison feature coming soon"></A><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Genres</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=COMEDY">COMEDY</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=ACTION">ACTION</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=exact&searchfield=genre&search_for=HONG KONG ACTION">HONG KONG ACTION</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Director</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=STEPHEN CHOW">STEPHEN CHOW</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=director&search_for=LIK-CHI LEE">LIK-CHI LEE</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Stars</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=STEPHEN CHOW">STEPHEN CHOW</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=VICKI ZHAO">VICKI ZHAO</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=NG MAN">NG MAN</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TAT PATRICK">TAT PATRICK</A>, <A HREF="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/dvdreviews.php?include=all&searchfield=stars&search_for=TSE YIN">TSE YIN</A></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>Region</B></TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><B>1</B> <FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">(USA)</FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Supplier</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">Miramax Home Entertainment. Released Tuesday 24th August 2004</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Price</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">19.99</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Discs</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">1</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Format</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">DVD9</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Time</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">87/112 mins.</FONT></TD></TR>
    <TR><TD VALIGN="TOP" WIDTH="65" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chapters</TD><TD><FONT STYLE="font-size: 10px">22</FONT></TD></TR>
    </TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Picture</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1&nbsp;</TD>
    </TR></TABLE><TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Sound</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px"><b>US Theatrical Version</b> - English Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1<BR>French Dolby Digital 5.1<BR><b>Chinese Version</b> - Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Subtitles</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">English, English for the hard of hearing</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Case</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">Amaray</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Cuts</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">US Theatrical Version has been cut by 15 minutes</TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2"><TR><TD WIDTH="65" VALIGN="TOP" STYLE="font-size: 10px">Extras</TD><TD STYLE="font-size: 10px">None</TD></TR></TABLE>
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    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>The Movie</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>4</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">Chinese funnyman Stephen Chow (think Chinese Jim Carrey) produces, co-writes, co-directs and stars as “Mighty Steel Leg” Sing, one of five brothers brought up as Shaolin Monks; all sport their own unique Shaolin skills and have the highest respect for all things Kung-Fu. However he and his fellow brothers are not having the greatest of success in life that their Shaolin faith has promised them. One is a recently demoted toilet attendant, another jobless, another a shelf stacker, another an overstressed businessman and Shin himself lives on the street collecting tin cans for loose change! Following a chance meeting with “Golden Leg” Fung, a down-and-out crippled soccer coach, the pair come together with the idea of promoting Kung-Fu through soccer and after assembling a team of the five brothers training begins. All is not great to begin with but eventually the brothers begin to feel their Shaolin powers returning, and they enter a national Supercup soccer tournament - proving hugely successful. The final test? To beat “Team Evil” - owned and coached by the man originally responsible for Golden Leg’s disability…<P STYLE="font-size: 10px"></p>The formula is perfect in theory: take over bloated Matrixesque bullet-time effects; mix in lightening fast martial arts, then sprinkle in the kind of quick-witted gags you would expect from the Airplane! movies. There are references to Crouching Tiger, The Matrix, Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and with that comes some very fast, noisy special moves involving fireballs, elaborate gravity defying wirework and an almost sarcastic underlying theme of “respect Kung-Fu for it is the key to life success”. The problem is that the movie is just not funny for a whole lot of the time; in fact it gets positively boring at moments. Some of the individual physical humour scenes really are full on laugh-out-loud moments, but you can’t help but think the majority of the comedy is lost through translation. I fear there are many more references that a Western audience just won’t get and there is bound to be a whole scope of humour lost through the translation to English. This, combined with a more Chinese sense of humour to start with, unfortunately gives Shaolin Soccer a huge disadvantage.<P STYLE="font-size: 10px"></p>All in all this makes it a tough one to call. The film is well shot, CGI effects are more than good enough for a comedy (although I would have liked to have seen a bit more on-the-ball choreography) and the soundtrack is excellent. The Chinese version is also the better for the three major scenes cut for the American release, and there are odd extra bits where US scenes have been cut short. However it just isn’t <I>that</I> funny and doesn’t have any sort of real plot to keep it otherwise interesting. All in all a disappointment, when it should really be hitting the funny bone of all Asian movie fans.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Picture</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The transfer is definitely a commendable effort, but a grainy finish and the overuse of edge enhancement disappoints. Both versions are portrayed in the original anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio, although the Chinese version has slightly warmer colour than the US one…</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerR1_1.jpg" ALT="SHAOLIN SOCCER"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Sound</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>8</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="0" CELLSPACING="2" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">The Dolby Digital soundtrack is very good. Effects are regularly thrown around the room including environmental effects such as traffic coming in diagonally across the soundfield then diagonally across the screen itself. For big CGI effects (fireballs, Tao style mini tornados etc) the sound completely surrounds you and then heavily throws itself from back to front without overly blowing out the LFE channel.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerR1_2.jpg" ALT="SHAOLIN SOCCER"></P>

    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Extras</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>0</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">None. And you would’ve thought with all those effects there would be some hilarious injuries to laugh at after the movie!!</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <P STYLE='text-align: center'><IMG SRC="http://www.totaldvd.net/cgi-bin/makeimage.php?image=ShaolinSoccer/ShaolinSoccerR1_3.jpg" ALT="SHAOLIN SOCCER"></P>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR BGCOLOR="#5A5A5A"><TD WIDTH="100" STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>Verdict</B></TD><TD STYLE="color: white; font-size: 10px"><B>4</B></TD></TR></TABLE>
    <TABLE WIDTH="100%" BORDER="0" CELLPADDING="2" CELLSPACING="0" ALIGN="CENTER"><TR><TD STYLE='text-align: justify; font-size: 10px'><P STYLE="font-size: 10px">It really should’ve been better.</p></TD></TR></TABLE>
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    This is yet another movie you will fall in love with. very entertaining and full of comedy. this is the movie that got Stephen Chow known to the western world more that any other. except kung fu hustle whihc he made after Shoalin soccer.

    its got alot of the same cast, in both movies.

    i not a great fan of football but this movie had me in stitches at times and with exellent special effects like kung fu hustle.


    the US version is english dubbed and has 30min cuts and chinesse version is uncut (with english subtitles).

    if you like kung fu hustle then you will def love this movie,

    Highly recommended.
     

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