Patlabor (1989) - R1 REMASTER vs. R4 ---- (+ HK BD)

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Patlabor (1989) - R1 REMASTER vs. R4 ---- (+ HK BD)

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Patlabor (1989) - R1 REMASTER (2006, Bandai Visual/Image Ent) vs. R4 (2003, Madman)

No contest really, the R4 is unrestored 1.66:1 letterboxed NTSC-PAL junk, while the R1 is remastered 1.78:1 anamorphic progressive NTSC.

The 5.1 track on the R1 is fabulous. They also commissioned a new sub translation (and a new dub, if anyone cares).

They've totally cleaned the print for remaster.

Some background info on the 5.1:-
In 1999, Oshii reunited the cast members to re-record the dialogue for a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel remix. Additional music was also added by Kenji Kawai. The remastered version of this film, and "Patlabor 2 the movie", were re-released in Japanese cinemas, and later on the home video and DVD. (source)

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Oh wow!!!, The r1 version looks great... Can't wait, although surprisingley Play has it has also it been released in the UK, see http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/1021511/ ... oduct.html

Dunno if it is NTSC->PAL Conversion, if it isn't then it would be a better release since it's in PAL

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Beez Entertainment also put out an R2UK port-over of the R1 Patlabor 2 LE last month.

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Never sampled any Beez Entertainment dvds, so unsure whether they will do a native pal transfer or a NTSC->PAL transfer. I hope it the former...

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HK BD caps

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Note: some retailers give incorrect specs (claim the disc has Englis audio. etc). Here are the correct specs:

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Region: A
Audio: Japanese Dolby True HD 5.1, Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Full HD 1080 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Subtitles: English or Chinese

No extras

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http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRevie ... lu-ray.htm

The video on the HK BD looks much better than the US. WTF have they done to the US release? It looks beyond horrible.

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Man I haven't seen Patlabor in almost 20yrs now! Damn where did the time go. Those HK caps look very impressive, I can't be arsed reading that DVDBeaver article Xenon, but do is state how they took their grabs? They look like camera snaps of a projector screen to me.

Are the English subs ok on the HK release Hung?

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The Beaver caps are taken with digital camera or something. They could just as well have drawn pictures or post storyboards. It provides 0 indication of what the US disc might really look like
Shingster wrote:Are the English subs ok on the HK release Hung?
For a non-native speaker, yes. It's been a few weeks and I didn't care much for the film. Might have spotten a mistake or two, but yes, they seemed perfectly fine to me.

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HungFist wrote:Region: A
Audio: Japanese Dolby True HD 5.1, Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Full HD 1080 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Subtitles: English or Chinese

No extras
Time for some thread necrophilia. Is it Region A locked or just the back of the box states that it's A?

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Xenon wrote:
HungFist wrote:Region: A
Audio: Japanese Dolby True HD 5.1, Cantonese Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Full HD 1080 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
Subtitles: English or Chinese

No extras
Time for some thread necrophilia. Is it Region A locked or just the back of the box states that it's A?
I sold the disc a year ago, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have written Region A without making sure. So, yeah, 95% sure it is locked.

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Lovely... Love it when I have to resort to piracy even against my own will. Stupid region locks =/

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Xenon wrote:Lovely... Love it when I have to resort to piracy even against my own will. Stupid region locks =/
You don't have to, a bunch of us bought multi-region Toshiba ones for like £50!

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gasteropod wrote:
Xenon wrote:Lovely... Love it when I have to resort to piracy even against my own will. Stupid region locks =/
You don't have to, a bunch of us bought multi-region Toshiba ones for like £50!
Which Toshiba is region-free? Is it region-free out of the box or do you have to get it modded?
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Yi-Long wrote:Which Toshiba is region-free? Is it region-free out of the box or do you have to get it modded?
Toshiba BDX1200, you install the Australian firmware on it (official Toshiba one, nothing dodgy), and then simply press Setup, 8, 5, 2, 0 on the remote and it brings up a menu where you can change the DVD region and the Blu-ray region :thumbs:

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gasteropod wrote:
Yi-Long wrote:Which Toshiba is region-free? Is it region-free out of the box or do you have to get it modded?
Toshiba BDX1200, you install the Australian firmware on it (official Toshiba one, nothing dodgy), and then simply press Setup, 8, 5, 2, 0 on the remote and it brings up a menu where you can change the DVD region and the Blu-ray region :thumbs:
Thanks, I'll see if I can find it here in dutch stores. :)

It's about 90 euro here, and I see it can also play .MKV files, and has a USB port, so hopefully that means I could hook up an external HDD and play my anime.
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Yi-Long wrote:It's about 90 euro here, and I see it can also play .MKV files, and has a USB port, so hopefully that means I could hook up an external HDD and play my anime.
Make sure that it can play internal subs first.

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Xenon wrote:
Yi-Long wrote:It's about 90 euro here, and I see it can also play .MKV files, and has a USB port, so hopefully that means I could hook up an external HDD and play my anime.
Make sure that it can play internal subs first.
Thanks, I'll see if I can find some info about that :)
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Yi-Long wrote:
Xenon wrote:
Yi-Long wrote:It's about 90 euro here, and I see it can also play .MKV files, and has a USB port, so hopefully that means I could hook up an external HDD and play my anime.
Make sure that it can play internal subs first.
Thanks, I'll see if I can find some info about that :)
I'd like to know that too. How can I test that? Silly question I know..
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