Reviews written by Amy
Seo Tai Ji - The Great 2008 Seotaiji Symphony (DVD) (3-Disc)
Seo Tai Ji - The Great 2008 Seotaiji Symphony (DVD) (3-Disc) DVD Region All(1)Our Price: US$45.99List: US$59.99Save: US$14.00 (23%)September 14, 2011 Amazing music, great packaging~
In this 3-disc DVD set, Korean musician Seo Taiji gets together with English conductor Tolga Kashif for a crossover musical extravaganza that combines Taiji’s multi-genre repertoire with Kashif’s symphonic expertise to create an explosive performance that stands right next to Metallica’s S&M symphonic rock album.
Overall package of this edition is great, with an exterior box covered with a leather-like texture, coated titles and silver printing. The interior packaging is printed on matte and contains titles on silver coated print, while the booklet is printed on matte and scattered coating.
Complete review on YAM Magazine
Sing Along The Travel In Beijing Bibi Chou Live Tour (2DVD) (China Version)(1)Our Price: US$15.29September 14, 2011 Not bad for value
There’s a very basic quality on this 2-disc concert release, in that it only contains the concert — strangely divided into two unequal parts, in a very basic packaging. However, it is just a regular edition release at only $10USD (plus shipping). It’s totally worth it, if you’re a fan of Bibi, and you know for a fact that you’re never going to be able to see her live because you live so far away.
The show is good overall, but we’re here to discuss the technical points of the making of this DVD.
The performance sounds good, even with just the stereo track and without enhancing anything to make it sound kick-ass with a 5.1 surround sound. No, it’s just two channels and still sounds crisp. The problems arise from the camera work, which at times works well with the more dynamic shots of the concert, but look weak when more steady shots are needed. The image is neat and clear, but too shaky at times that take away from the overall feel.
Complete review at YAM Magazine
DUO Eason Chan Concert Live 2010 Karaoke (2 Blu-ray)
DUO Eason Chan Concert Live 2010 Karaoke (2 Blu-ray) Blu-ray Region All(1)September 14, 2011 Amazing!
To say that I was thoroughly impressed with Eason Chan’s concert staging is an understatement.
Despite the strain in Chan’s voice — you could tell he was holding out at times — he showed what a showman (and a goof) he really is. The show starts slowly, and it suddenly explodes when he performs Exaggerate making the stage alive as his dancer — suited up in double-face costumes — dramatically move on stage. The DTS-HD 5.1 track does make it sound all the more lively, but it’s really the visuals that make it enthralling, and it's all caught on delicious high definition.
The visuals alone makes this worth a Bluray buy.
Each and every frame in DUO is just quite breathtaking, with the beautiful tourbillon-stage and the whole band all hold up in the tiny sector at the view of the whole coliseum illuminated by thousands of glow sticks.
Complete review on YAM Magazine
City of Life and Death (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)November 13, 2010 Really amazing film, okay release
The film is really really great, don't get me wrong. It even deserves the Criterion treatment. The release has a pretty good video transfer, and good 5.1 Dolby tracks in Mandarin and Cantonese, plus a DTS 5.1 track in Mandarin. Subtitles in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, plus English - not that it needs much subtitles. I think the movie speaks for itself.
The only extra is a 20-30min Behind the Scene video, which doesn't tell us much about the making of the film, but just shows us parts of the filming. It's not really that useful. Would've loved to know more about the treatment to black & white, and what they did in the makeup department to give contrast to the characters. What they did in the battle sequences in terms of explosions, and whatnot.
Swallowtail Butterfly (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)2 people found this review helpful
November 13, 2010 Good movie, okay release
I think this movie deserves a re-release.
It is aptly transferred with decent video and audio, and it's priced according to what it doesn't have. Any extras. Considering the Japanese, and more expensive, version of the film doesn't seem to have any major extra material... I think this fares pretty well.
The Twilight Samurai (Hong Kong Version)November 13, 2010 Great film, okay release
I bought this copy by Panorama because I've been told the American release was a poor release and that I'd be better off with this one, and though the film is aptly transfer with okay image and sound, and even proper aspect ratio, the extra material is hardly worth it... for the price.
February 14, 2009 Better than expected
Truthfully, I was a little scared to get a China Version of the album, as I had gotten burnt before by getting fake albums sold as original ones. Plus, the difference in price between the Taiwan version to a China version was pretty big. Despite all that, I found the album okay... average to any album tagged as $8. It came with 3 'postcards' with photos, and a songbook that makes like Bibi's map of Vienna. The map looked a bit odd, like it was low resolution...
Bibi's music is really good though, pretty different to any female artists out there - so there really isn't a problem with the musical content.
Physical Album: 2.75/5
Gu Gu The Cat (DVD) (2-DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)(1)Our Price: US$49.254 people found this review helpful
February 14, 2009 The only thing missing...
would be subs on, at least, some of the extras on the DVD.
Other than that, this DVD gets top marks. Kudos to WOWOW for releasing this film with subs, as they should do to make it easier to spread Japanese films.
This two-disc edition has at least +2hrs of extras, including features on the music, the making of, press conference, and a lot of cat stuff. I had been told that Japanese releases tend to go above the regular quality of American releases, and I have to agree.
February 14, 2009 Great music...
,but average package design.
I was excited about getting this album, after I listened to it a few times and fell in love with the sound. I didn't know what was the difference in content between the Taiwan version and the Mainland China version, but I was expecting a lot more from the Taiwanese version, which cost me roughly twice as much.
The album comes in a standard DVD case (don't know whether that's a regular thing in Asian albums), covered with a flimsy cardboard cover - just like the one from the $9.99 DVD offers - the songbook has only the lyrics of the songs, and credits with no photos.
The music is worth getting, perhaps buying the album in digital form... but not the product design.
Physical Album: 2/5
Memories Of Matsuko (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)1 people found this review helpful
October 6, 2008 One of the best HK releases I have seen
... from my limited HK releases collection!
Once again, this is a product review... though apparently it reflects my rating because I would also give the film top marks!
First off, I really like the case of the HK Special Edition, so presentation is really good.
Since this film is quite the visual fest, the digital transfer also matters, and it's great. Subtitles are in order, no missing letters or misspelled, no missing dialogue. It's all in order with the main disc. The 2nd disc which contains small interviews with Miki Nakatani, and another one with Tetsuya Nakashima, as well as a Making Of, and Film-to-Storyboard Comparisons for many of the musical numbers... so this 2nd disc is full of information I didn't know! Like the difficult actress-director relationship there was...
Totally worth getting, in my opinion!
Love Letter (Collector's Edition) (Hong Kong Version)(3)Our Price: US$19.99October 6, 2008 This is a review of the product!
So let's not mistake this with a review of the film, because I love the film!!
I bought this HK Special Edition because it was the only available when I decided to buy it, and when I opened the DVD, I was quite happy with the printed postcards of the film, as well as the frames from the film~
However, when I played the DVD I noticed that in one scene the subtitles were on the screen when no dialogue was being said. Surprise! It was the following scene. After that scene, there were scattered scenes where there were missing letters in the subtitle (eg. "o" instead of "to") Maybe it's just my copy, or the player I used... who knows, but the fact that a good chunk of dialogue was not where it's supposed to be, tainted my view on the product. Maybe it is like my friend said... Hong Kong releases aren't all that good?
Swing Girls (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)September 27, 2008 HK version doesn't subtitle features
I really like this movie, and I would give it 4 stars as a film, but it was my surprise to find that the only extra on the dvd - Making of Swing Girls - is not subbed... not even in Chinese. If I bought the Hong Kong version was because I needed subtitles, and I figured that since Japanese is not an official language there, that I would get subs.
Aoi Yu Photo Book -Kaiten Table wa MutsukashiiOur Price: US$34.49August 17, 2008 Food, Food and more Food!
This time around, Yu Aoi decides to visit Taipei, Taiwan for a full-on food trip. She talks about eating a lot more than in Dandelion and Travel Sand. All photos are taken by Ivy Chen, and resemble real life a lot more than the previous photobooks~
Wasn't really my thing, but the book includes a whole lot more text which is good if you can read~~ There were some good anecdotes in this one, like meeting that old man... one of the cutest photos~
Aoi Yu Photo Album -RhythmediaOur Price: US$37.49August 17, 2008 Cool Looking and so Cold DANDELION!
Why is it called Dandelion? I've no idea... maybe it's because of that photo of a bottle with that flurry warming hat that maybe resembles one~
Thing is, Dandelion is a cool photobook. It's red hardcover has a nice feel to it, as well as a nice printed smell. Photos by Yoko Takahashi, who also photographed Yu Aoi in the previous book Travel Sand, are throughout the +100 pages. In this photobook, there's a lot more behind the scenes photos as well~~
Although this collection has some very good shots overall (maybe some of my favorites), I kinda missed the handwritten letters that Travel Sand had (and Yu's doodles xD), but Dandelion makes for really clear reading and some really cute moments~~
I'll give it a 4.5/5
All Singles Best (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)July 6, 2008 Great Compilation for New Fans
As a new fan myself, I bought this compilation after hearing samples and liking what I hear. In my opinion, this is a great compilation for new fans that might have discovered Kobukuro late (like me). I don't know about hard-core fans of the duo, but I'm sure they will either love it or hate it... if they haven't yet bought it.
Once again, if you're planning to get your introduction to the group, better start with this one!
PLUS, is WAY cheaper to buy here~
MYV Pops (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)July 6, 2008 Crazy Music Change
I confess, the first Miyavi albums were too hard rocking for me, so I was surprised with the 360 he pulled in here. Even my dad loves listening to this acoustic funky fusion of rhythms and sounds.
Great for bopping your head up and down, but so~ hard to sing along to (at least for me). I think it's great for chilling a while with your friends.
Terminal (Japan Version)1 people found this review helpful
July 6, 2008 Great Follow-up
The follow-up for landmark is also a great music fest that can be listened throughout your day while relaxing, or working on the computer.
It also comes with all the lyrics, and some hand-made crayon doodles and drawings with it. It's not as cool package as landmark, but still different enough to stand out from many other generic albums.
Besides from the music, the packaging is all that matters when buying an album for me. xD
landmark (Japan Version)2 people found this review helpful
July 6, 2008 Great music, Great Artwork
This is an instant must-have for Salyu fans because besides from containing great songs that you can listen throughout the day, it contains a fantastic flash-card-based-songbook with all the lyrics and AMAZING photos.
Those photos, and the way they were printed are what made the full package for me.
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