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Dragon Dies Hard Region 1 Vs Region 2

Unread post by saltysam » 29 Mar 2008, 19:53

This very early Ho Chung Tao movie is known by a few names but i know it as Dragon Dies Hard.Caps are from a usa master arts disc and a german cmv one.

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Unread post by Markgway » 29 Mar 2008, 21:14

No competition really.
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Unread post by Old Pang Yau » 30 Mar 2008, 21:48

We need more 2.35 widescreen Bruce Li/Ho Chung Tao DVDs! That being said, when will we get German DVDs of Soul Brothers of Kung Fu, Exit The Dragon Enter The Tiger, and Dynamo? Seems like the German DVDs (as well as some of the French ones) have the best transfers of these films.

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 30 Mar 2008, 23:57

Is the German DVD uncut?

The title Dragon Dies Hard was used for the US theatrical release of the early (perhaps the first) Bruce Li film Bruce Lee: A Dragon Story. It's since been used as an AKA for Bruce Lee We Miss You
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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 05 Apr 2008, 20:11

Old Pang Yau wrote:We need more 2.35 widescreen Bruce Li/Ho Chung Tao DVDs! That being said, when will we get German DVDs of Soul Brothers of Kung Fu, Exit The Dragon Enter The Tiger, and Dynamo? Seems like the German DVDs (as well as some of the French ones) have the best transfers of these films.
I know. In English speaking markets, Bruce Li only gets 1 film in 3 seperate dvds (The New Game Of Death) and Bruce Le gets 4. There is no justice!
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Unread post by saltysam » 05 Apr 2008, 20:32

i'd love Man,The Myth,Chinese Stuntman,Exit The Dragon & FOF2 in glorious 2:35:1 :)

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Unread post by Old Pang Yau » 07 Apr 2008, 03:58

saltysam wrote:i'd love Man,The Myth,Chinese Stuntman,Exit The Dragon & FOF2 in glorious 2:35:1 :)
As much as the name can make some stomachs churn around here, it's well known Tarantino is a fan of FOF Part II... now, the chances of Dragon Dynasty actually buying the rights for that film and releasing a decent DVD with his help are probably slim to none. But, you'd think he'd have SOME pull it getting it out there. Hell, FOF III has a 2.35 release in France, yet the superior Part II is only widely available on a cut, pan and scan, VHS-sourced DVD.

It'd be interesting to have a "Spirit of the Dragon Collection" with nothing but "classic" Bruceploitation films, and the rights to these films can't be THAT much in comparison to everything else they're buying up.

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 07 Apr 2008, 17:09

The funny thing about FOFII is that the UK video was uncut, despite being censored officially by the BBFC to the extent where the cover was censored. In 2003, I bought the tape in Music Zone and the nunchaku scene was intact!
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Unread post by Old Pang Yau » 07 Apr 2008, 22:23

Ivan Drago wrote:The funny thing about FOFII is that the UK video was uncut, despite being censored officially by the BBFC to the extent where the cover was censored. In 2003, I bought the tape in Music Zone and the nunchaku scene was intact!
Huh... well, unfortunately, the public domain US DVD is taken from the cut UK VHS. Well, at least I have my old as all hell US VHS under the title "Chinese Connection II", in a big as all hell box :D

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Unread post by bradavon » 07 Apr 2008, 23:42

And to think some people actually prefer Pan & Scan :|

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Unread post by Markgway » 07 Apr 2008, 23:48

Beware. The UK VHS of FOFII is NOT uncut. I know, I saw it. I think Ivan just got one from a lucky error batch.
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Unread post by saltysam » 08 Apr 2008, 00:00

the old hokushin vhs was uncut.i transferred it to dvd-r before flogging it.horrible p & s job.
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Unread post by Old Pang Yau » 08 Apr 2008, 00:49

bradavon wrote:And to think some people actually prefer Pan & Scan :|
I had to clear up the "full screen/widescreen" confusion with my girlfriend recently... thankfully she got what I was saying and is pro-widescreen :D

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Unread post by bradavon » 08 Apr 2008, 00:57

I bet it took ages.

My Dad only owns a Widescreen TV as it's physically larger. He has zero concept of Widescreen and even picked the Full-screen version of my Notting Hill UE a few years ago. He didn't spot at all he'd picked Disc 2 :D

I gave up a long time ago trying to explained it. My family just don't care and probably never will.

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Unread post by chenlung » 08 Apr 2008, 01:48

bradavon wrote:I gave up a long time ago trying to explained it. My family just don't care and probably never will.
Ahhh, family love :roll: .

My brother's thick when it comes to that shit too, it really pisses me off whenever I head to his house :shock: ...

My sister with no knowledge of it kinda knows her way about it 8) .
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Unread post by chenlung » 08 Apr 2008, 01:49

Markgway wrote:Beware. The UK VHS of FOFII is NOT uncut. I know, I saw it. I think Ivan just got one from a lucky error batch.
I love it when that happens :) .

'True Lies' anyone :lol: ?
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Unread post by Old Pang Yau » 08 Apr 2008, 01:56

Looks like I got lucky with my GF then... erm, in terms of someone who understands widescreen VS "fullscreen", that is :wink:

But, back on topic, finding a Bruce Li film in widescreen at all is tough enough, let alone in its proper 2.35 format. There only seem to be a handful on DVD/VHS. Goodbye Bruce Lee/New Game of Death is definately the best looking... too bad we can't say the same about the film :roll: :D

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 08 Apr 2008, 09:18

My problem is explaining 4:3 to the relatives. They want to stretch everything to widescreen! Urgh
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Unread post by EvaUnit02 » 08 Apr 2008, 09:26

Ivan Drago wrote:My problem is explaining 4:3 to the relatives. They want to stretch everything to widescreen! Urgh
Ah, so you're related to Bradavon? That must suck.

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 08 Apr 2008, 12:14

Mein gott! I thought Brad sounded like my mother...
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Unread post by bradavon » 08 Apr 2008, 14:53

He he very good Eva :D

My Dad has Sky box set to 4:3 even though both his TVs are Widescreen because some Football is still shown in 4:3 so Sky window-box it. I find that annoying as 95% of stuff on Sky he watches is now broadcast in Widescreen. The cropping when you switch to 4:3 on Digi-boxes is always really extreme.

I personally cannot stand window-boxing or stretching 4:3 sideways to Widescreen. I tend to find the mode which stretches it sideways but also compensates vertically too, even if it means minor vertical cropping.

I can see why people would want to stretch because nearly half your screen isn't used when you watch 4:3 on a 16:9 set. That's a lot of annoying blackness. People always zoom in on non-anamorphic content to try and hide the black bars, it's roughly the same thing IMO.
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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 08 Apr 2008, 15:19

No it isn't the same thing. Zooming in on non anamorphic widescreen is to make up for the smaller image and is, in theory, to benefit. Its not the same when you are cropping a 4:3 image, and therefore compromising the intended image
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Unread post by bradavon » 08 Apr 2008, 15:24

You're right. It's not exactly the same. I'll edit my post to be more clear.

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 08 Apr 2008, 19:34

TBH, I can't see what you changed there! Please elaborate

I'll take 4:3 as it was intended: 4:3. I'd no more crop a scope image than an academy one
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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 08 Apr 2008, 20:01

It seems this German company has the Bruce LI films Bruce Lee's Deady Kung Fu (where Li fights Hwang Jang-lee) and Bruce Lee: The Invincible, but as far as I can tell, they haven't released them yet

This DVD of Dragon Dies Hard seems to use an old tape master, possibly one sourced to make the old cropped versions. But it is anamorphically enhanced and ls a real treat!
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