The Man From Hong Kong: R2 vs. R3 vs. NEW R4

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The Man From Hong Kong: R2 vs. R3 vs. NEW R4

Unread post by saltysam » 16 Dec 2008, 19:26

original oz release was cropped to about 1:78:1.new madman release is in the proper ratio and is a 2-disc set.

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Unread post by Markgway » 16 Dec 2008, 20:03

R3 obviously has a better image.
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Unread post by HungFist » 16 Dec 2008, 20:10

So it's now AU vs DE. Details on DE needed (Native PAL? Image quality? Which version? Real mono?)

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Unread post by saltysam » 16 Dec 2008, 20:16

oz new release has english mono.
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Unread post by chenlung » 16 Dec 2008, 21:09

German release is PAL>NTSC>PAL during the 'cut' scenes, but is otherwise fine (real mono, extras).

Aussie DVD is wider and those used to the softer blue look, etc, will probably like it. Otherwise, FS did a good job restoring it.
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Unread post by bradavon » 16 Dec 2008, 21:11

PAL to NTSC back to PAL - WTF!

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Unread post by HungFist » 16 Dec 2008, 21:30

chenlung wrote:German release is PAL>NTSC>PAL during the 'cut' scenes, but is otherwise fine (real mono, extras).
Great, thanks.

Is the picture quality better than AU?

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Unread post by grim_tales » 16 Dec 2008, 21:31

Whats the film like? Is it like a spy/Bondish film or something? :)

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Unread post by Ivan Drago » 16 Dec 2008, 22:03

I think its a great film.

I imagine this is genuine PAL. What's the running time Saltysam?
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Unread post by saltysam » 17 Dec 2008, 23:22

runs 1:41:38 -doesn't have the golden harvest intro the region 3 has.
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Re: The Man From Hong Kong Region 3 Vs. #NEW# Region 4

Unread post by HungFist » 17 Sep 2010, 22:02

R2 DE

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The progressive transfer has lots of edge enhancement, but it's otherwise good. The disc runs 1:43:12, but that includes almost two minutes of black screen at the end of the film. The film running time, hence, is 1:41:26. There's no company logos before the film.

The English mono audio is good and in sync. English subtitles for the Mandarin bits are available, but the translation is based on I don't know what. On the commentary the director makes some references to the Mandarin bits and the (original?) subtitle translation, and it's obviously not the same translation we have here. It's not a big deal anyway as there isn't more than a minute or two worth of Mandarin dialogue. Notice that the commentary comes from a different source (original AU disc I believe) so he wouldn't be referring to this German edition anyway.

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Director's Commentary
Extras: German and English Trailers
Australian Movie Magazine video (58 seconds)
Australian Premire (85 seconds)
Photo Gallery
Wang Yu trailer show (11 trailers, unremastered, some in very poor condition)

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Scene missing from the International version

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Re: The Man From Hong Kong: R2 vs. R3 vs. NEW R4

Unread post by chenlung » 17 Sep 2010, 22:57

Subtitle translation is by Fortune Star (more accurate - namely what Sammo's character says).
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