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  • DURIAN DURIAN (Japan Version)DURIAN DURIAN (Japan Version)

    DURIAN DURIAN (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

    Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
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    May 13, 2010 Brilliant! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Boring in the second half? Cinema Verité?! Neither of these is a fair statement about Durian Durian. This is in fact a brilliant, complex film that explores the hard, prickly, funky, and sweet aspects of life from the perspective of a young woman overflowing with hard, prickly, funky sweetness. And since it's Fruit Chan, it's also all about China, and about all of the rest of the world.
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  • The Mission (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)The Mission (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

    The Mission (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All

    Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (10)
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    May 1, 2009 Great film, AWFUL dvd Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
    As folks have already mentioned, there are multiple problems with this dvd. If the poor video and audio quality were the only issue, it would not be notable when compared to other Mei-Ah hatchet jobs... But all Mei-Ah releases of the mission have TWO LINES OF CHINESE TEXT AS A WATERMARK RUNNING ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE IMAGE!!!! This is true even of the so-called Tai-Seng "U.S." release, which is the Mei-Ah R0 release with a gold Tai-Seng sticker stuck on the dvd case.
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  • Tactical Unit - No Way Out (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)Tactical Unit - No Way Out (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

    Tactical Unit - No Way Out (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region All

    Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)
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    March 19, 2009 Somewhat better than "The Code" Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
    The second followup to the impressive PTU is certainly an improvement on the first, but can't hold up when compared to the original. Johnny To is plainly scrambling to scrape together some cash at the expense of his fans. This film is only for die-hard fans of the original PTU film. If you liked the first sequel, The Code, then this will put you into orbit, since it's a good deal better than that bit of fluff.
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  • March 18, 2008 Poorly mastered DVD Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
    The HERO movie brings most of the cast members of the 2001 TV series back for a much deserved encore. Fans of the TV show will be very pleased by this film.
    The DVD has Dolby and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, and excellent English subtitles. The video is presented in 2.20 cinematic widescreen letterboxed into 16:9 anamorphic format, which is the standard for high quality dvd presentation.
    The video track has some serious problems, however. The video is unsharp, and there are noticeable compression artifacts in the form of ringing or "mosquito noise". I have noticed similar problems with other recent Toho releases. If this were a $10 disc, it would not be worth commenting on, but when the disc costs $40, I expect it to be properly mastered.
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  • A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 (Taiwan version)A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 (Taiwan version)

    A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 (Taiwan version) DVD Region All

    Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10 (1)
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    May 8, 2006 Great Movie - BAD EDITION Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
    This disc (described as the Taiwan DVD) is actually a poor transfer of a vcd into dvd format. The sides of the image are missing, and the picture quality is HORRIBLE. The Chinese and English subtitles are BOTH hard-coded into the picture on this disc!!

    Buy the DTS version dvd, which also has a regular dolby soundtrack. It costs LESS than this disc, and has far superior picture quality. It also has selectable Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean subtitles and is only $7.99
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  • KikujiroKikujiro

    Kikujiro DVD Region 3

    Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (4)
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    March 21, 2006 A Charming Masterpiece Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    This is a lovely little film. It is at once simple and sophisticated, and proves that Takeshi is a master filmmaker, not just a master of cinematic violence. There is only very brief mild violence, and it is important in terms of defining the central character's moral position.

    The transfer on this dvd is excellent, and the musical score for this film is Hisaishi at his best, reminding me very much of his work on Totoro.
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  • A Scene At The Sea (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)A Scene At The Sea (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)

    A Scene At The Sea (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

    Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.3 out of 10 (3)
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    March 20, 2006 An Interesting Film Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
    A Scene At The Sea is one of those films that doesn't produce a strong impression when you first watch it, but which you can never forget after seeing it. The two central characters are deaf mute, and the film has very little dialogue. What dialogue it does have does not contribute significantly to the film, and may even be intentionally banal in order to stress the unimportance of spoken language.

    Technically, this dvd is badly flawed. It is *approximately* 16:9 format matted into a 4:3 frame with the edges of the image wiggling around noisily, and there is extreme colr bleeding. Alas, this is the only transfer available as far as I know.

    This film is in striking contrast with Takeshi Kitano's other films in that there is no violence whatsoever.
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  • March 18, 2006 A Great Kid's Film - A Defective DVD Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
    This DVD does NOT have English subtitles. There is an 'en' subtitle stream on the DVD, but it has Chinese characters!! The disc is defective, or the packaging and substream ID's are intentionally misleading. You decide.
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  • Journey To The West (I) Vol.1-25 (End) (US Version)Journey To The West (I) Vol.1-25 (End) (US Version)

    Journey To The West (I) Vol.1-25 (End) (US Version) DVD Region All

    Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (9)
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    March 6, 2006 Best version, but dodgy picture quality Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
    This is the definitive version of Journey to the West, following the text of the standard edition pretty closely. However, the video quality is marginal. The episodes on these dvd's are heavily denoised versions of the VCD's, and are very blocky/blurry. But this is probably as good as it's ever going to get, so you might as well buy it!!
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