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"Return to the 36th Chamber" & John Woo's "The Killer" - Dragon Dynasty

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Bryan Tuck, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Bryan Tuck

    Bryan Tuck Well-Known Member

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    36th Chamber was actually released yesterday. It's available for shipping from Amazon as we speak.
     
  3. Bryan Tuck

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    Whoops; I stand corrected. I misread the date on the KungFuCinema page. Thanks!
     
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    As usual, 36th chamber was impossible to find on day and date - Dragon Dynasty seems notoriously sloppy about getting product into the shops on time. I ended up ordering from Amazon. Can't wait to see how they did with it. Haven't seen any reviews so far, but I believe it's a high-def transfer of the Celestial upgrade, so it should look good. This is one of the single best Shaw movies ever so my hopes are pretty high.
     
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    Weird, I just walked into Best Buy and pulled it off the shelf. Granted, I grabbed the only copy they had, but it wasn't all that difficult. I guess their distribution is inconsistent. I will say that it looked/sounded just fine. However, if you were looking for extras, you'll be unimpressed.
     
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    Well my point is yesterday was a week after it was released. I'm betting last Tuesday, you wouldn't have found it. Not that big a deal obviously - I was just in a snit because I wanted to see it ASAP. It's like if you were dying for a steak and all the grocery store had was turnips. You can order some rib-eyes from Omaha but that ain't gonna scratch the itch you have today.

    Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for it to come from Amazon. Glad to hear you liked it though. That's encouraging. DVD Beaver was not so impressed but I am not typically as demanding as they are - not sure I could even tell the difference between interlaced and non-interlaced. The screen grabs looked pretty good to me.

    Still and all I hope this Blu-ray does well. This is one of the most beloved Kung-fu films of all time, at least here in the west, so it would be good if it's a hit. Import BD's of kung-fu classics are still extremely expensive, so I really hope DD keeps them coming. The price is definitely right.
     
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    From a thread at the AVS Forum regarding the Blu-ray of THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN:




    Doesn't sound good.

    Original thread:

    www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php
     
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    Ah well, I bought the SD so I wouldn't know anything about that. The SD is perfectly fine.
     
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    Yep, I got the regular DVD as well, which is fantastic and reportedly looks much better than the Blu-ray, ironically.
     
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    I was hoping they'd do right with this film as well as their first Blu-ray!
     
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    Don't forget, The Protector comes out on Blu-ray on April 6th. Another great classic. I just wish they would release the first two Police Story films.
     
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    They no longer have the rights to the first two Police Story films. Their deal with Fortune Star ended in 2009 and those two films, along with Crime Story, Royal Tramp 1 and 2, Shanghai Express, Above the Law, and Last Hurrah for Chivalry are now OOP
     
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    Looks like the Blu-Ray for The Killer has the same issue as 36th Chamber of Shaolin:

    www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare2/killer4.htm

    It's either a Pal-NTSC upconvert, or an 1080/50hz transfer converted to 29.97. Sigh.

    And apparently, this affects the DVD as well:

    http://www.hkfilm.net/dvdrevs/killer.htm

    Although, at least the subtitles seem to be accurate:

    www.hkfilm.net/dvdrevs/killer2.htm

    Still, no sale for me. It can't be that difficult to convert 1080/50hz into 24p instead of interlacing it.
     

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