Celestial Pictures (frame 742)

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Last modified on Wednesday 10th March 2010, 11:28:55 PM

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Label:  Celestial Pictures (Hong Kong)

Region:  3
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.26 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:50:48.23

Video:  NTSC (fieldblended from PAL source)
Aspect ratio:  2.35:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  4.78 / 7.01 / 8.00 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Mandarin Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1 / 384 kbps
Cantonese Chinese Dolby Digital 5.1 / 384 kbps

Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
English
Malay Bahasa
Indonesian Bahasa

Menus available in: Chinese & English


Special features:
 

Original (English) trailer (3:42)
New trailer (1:03, in Chinese* with optional Chinese & English subtitles)
"The Grand Substitution" trailer (1:10, in Chinese with optional Chinese & English subtitles)
"Behind the Yellow Line" trailer (1:06, in Chinese* with optional Chinese & English subtitles)
"The Venus' Tear Diamond" trailer (1:02, in Chinese with optional Chinese & English subtitles)
"Passing Flickers" trailer (1:10, in Chinese* with optional Chinese & English subtitles)
19 behind the scenes photos (with comments in Chinese & English)
26 movie stills
Original poster
Production notes (1 page, in English & Chinese)
Biography & selected filmography of Gordon Liu Chia-hui (6 pages),
Lo Lieh (3, resp. 4 pages), Yu Yang (3, resp. 4 pages), Wang Yu (6, resp. 7 pages)
& Liu Chia-liang (8, resp. 9 pages, in Chinese & English)
"Shaolin: A Hero's Birthplace" (15:58, in Chinese with optional Chinese & English subtitles)

Notes: To compare with the release by Crash Cinema (R0), click here.

*Mandarin Chinese & Cantonese Chinese


Intersonic (frame 862)

Reviewed by standa.e / Translated by krypton22

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Label:  Intersonic (Czech Republic)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.61 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:51:04.02

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.38:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.78 / 6.20 / 8.47 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1 / 448 kbps
Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0 / 192 kbps

Subtitles: Czech & Hungarian

Menus available in: Czech & Hungarian


Special features:
 

  • "Shao Lin ta peng hsiao tzu" trailer
    ("Return of the Master Killer," 1:05, in Chinese with optional subtitles)
  • Trailer (0:59, in Chinese with optional subtitles)
  • "Making of" documentary (15:57, in Chinese with optional subtitles)
  • Image gallery (1:12)
  • Previews for other movies
    • "Nan Shao Lin yu bei Shao Lin"
      ("Invincible Shaolin," 1:10, in Chinese with optional subtitles)
    • "Combustion" (2:03, in English with optional subtitles)
    • "Landslide" (3:24, in English with optional subtitles)
    • "Podium" (2:04, in French with optional subtitles)

Notes: 
The "Return of the Master Killer" trailer plays automatically upon inserting the disc into a player and displaying the opening Intersonic logo. The disc we have tested is a joint Levné knihy KMa and Intersonic production though the only difference from the original release seems to be in adding a KMa logo on the case as well as on the disc label.

There are some compression artefacts to be found in at least one bitrate intensive scene (see frame 38118 in our gallery).

To compare with the release by Crash Cinema (R0), click here.


Wild Side Video (frame 1004)

Reviewed by dvdfreak

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Label:  Wild Side Video (France)

Region:  2
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  CSS / CPPM

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 7.62 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:51:21.01

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  2.38:1 anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  2.16 / 4.96 / 9.60 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

French Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps
Chinese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 192 kbps

Subtitles: French (forced on the Chinese soundtrack)

Menus available in: French


Special features:
 

Introduction by Gordon Liu (6:24, in Chinese with forced French subtitles)
Trailer (1:03, in Chinese with hardcoded French subtitles)
Interviews: actor Lee Hoi-Sang (15:01)
& screenwriter Eric Tsang (13:23, in Chinese with forced French subtitles)
Documentaries: "Le ciné Kung Fu" (26:59, in Chinese & English with forced French subtitles)
& "Shaolin: A Hero's Birthplace" (15:58, in Chinese with forced French subtitles)
Photogallery (26 pages, also available as a part of DVD-ROM features)
DVD-ROM features: weblinks & hi-res poster art

Notes: The screenshots here were chosen to match the ones in DVDBeaver's comparison.
However, they show none of the heavy fieldblending the Hong Kong release suffers from.
To illustrate this issue, frames 45405 & 47147 were added to our gallery.
Although there's virtually no difference between the "nice" screenshots in the gallery,
when it comes to "ugly" blended frames, the French release wins hands down.
Even the non-anamorphic Czech release beats Celestial.

Also available in "Best of Shaw Brothers" 3-disc set,
together with "The Boxer from Shantung" & "Come Drink with Me."

To compare with the release by Crash Cinema (R0), click here.

*difference between channels is -68.42 dB (0.04 %),
resp. -61.60 dB (0.08 %)

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