Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs: R1 vs. FR vs. R2J

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Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs: R1 vs. FR vs. R2J

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Top: HK Video
Middle: Discotek
Bottom: Toei

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This film has always been a bit of a mess on DVD.

HK Video has great sharpness and looks good in the opening (first two caps) and closing scenes (last 2 caps), but pretty bad for the rest of the film. I don't know what they do with their transfers, but characters always end up having crazy white and purple skin tones. I really hate that.

Discotek is somehow the opposite. It doesn't look so good in the opening and closing scenes, but it's pretty solid for the rest of the film.

Toei is the most consistent of the three. Although a bit soft, a bit green, and never looking quite fantastic, it always looks more or less natural. Overall, I'd say Toei has the best, or shall we say least problematic, transfer.

Audio is fine on all three releases, but I recall Discotek having a little bit less punch than Toei and HK Video. I could be wrong, though.

I saw the film on 35mm recently in Tokyo. It was an excellent print, much better than what we have on any of the DVDs.

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Re: Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs: R1 vs. FR vs. R2J

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Like you say, these transfers are very inconsistent. At first I thought you might've muddled the caps. Overall, I'd go with the HK Video, but it needs a remaster.
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