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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Sten F

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Posted April 16 2004 - 10:10 AM

Just ordered Zatoichi 2003 by Takeshi Kitano, 2 disc DVD DTS Region 3 from CD-WOW.

I heard this movie should be a whole lot better than both Kill Bill and Last Samurai. Anyone seen this?
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#2 of 20 OFFLINE   Sean Campbell

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Posted April 16 2004 - 10:38 AM

I haven't seen that particular DVD edition, but I did see the movie at a cinema in Dublin last week. It's a pretty good film, not up to the standards of classic Kurosawa stuff, but quite decent all the same. There's plenty of great swordplay moments intermixed with nice splashes of comedy ( and splashes of blood too ) Posted Image

#3 of 20 OFFLINE   Eric.

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Posted May 07 2004 - 10:02 PM

I got the r2 japan version.It is certainly Takeshi Kitano's most playful movie.A good story and some realy cool digital effects.I have to watch it again to decide where it sits amongst Kitano's other movies but the fact that i have Hanna-Bi high on my list of the top 10 movies of all time means it's unlikley to come in at no.1 Posted Image

#4 of 20 OFFLINE   Charles Coates

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Posted May 08 2004 - 03:03 PM

i thoguht it was great overall... but have real mixed feelings over the CGI blood. Most of the time its so bad its distracting, there are few times when its just plain cool, but I promise you that the entire time you will be thinking "I know thats cgi blood", so in a way it takes away the movie magic for me. On the up side, the cinematography is really awesome and the soundtrack compliments it so well. The comedy is also great, too.

#5 of 20 OFFLINE   RobD

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Posted May 15 2004 - 01:00 AM

Watched this a few days ago and have to say I was impressed. I thought the decisive sword fights and strange comedy made an entertaining movie.

#6 of 20 OFFLINE   Travis_W

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Posted May 15 2004 - 08:36 AM

How are the english subtitles?

I'm sure they're good but I like to know beforehand.
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#7 of 20 OFFLINE   RobD

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Posted May 15 2004 - 08:41 AM

They seemed decent to me, no glaring gaps and the translation made sense.

#8 of 20 OFFLINE   Moz

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Posted May 24 2004 - 02:03 AM

The original DTS track is a wonder to my ears...
Precise, dynamic and worst bying if you don't have it already ! This particular region 3 HK editor (PANORAMA) brings wonderful DVDs to the market.

#9 of 20 OFFLINE   MikeHughes

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Posted May 28 2004 - 06:08 AM

Great film. cgi-blood looked pretty shitty though. Posted Image

#10 of 20 OFFLINE   ArchibaldTuttle

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Posted May 30 2004 - 09:48 PM

I just oredered the Panorama 2-disc release... I hope it is good as they sayPosted Image

#11 of 20 OFFLINE   JayHM

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Posted June 19 2004 - 09:15 AM

Does anyone else think the Region 3 DVD has really bad black levels and faded colors? I always end up adjusting contrast and saturation just for this one title.

#12 of 20 OFFLINE   Mark_Wilson

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Posted June 19 2004 - 09:27 AM

The R2J looks the same. Not sure if it was intentional or not.

#13 of 20 OFFLINE   Jay Gunn

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Posted June 19 2004 - 11:52 AM

Jay, the saturation of the color is intentional.
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#14 of 20 OFFLINE   JayHM

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Posted June 19 2004 - 09:15 AM

Does anyone else think the Region 3 DVD has really bad black levels and faded colors? I always end up adjusting contrast and saturation just for this one title.

#15 of 20 OFFLINE   Mark_Wilson

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Posted June 19 2004 - 09:27 AM

The R2J looks the same. Not sure if it was intentional or not.

#16 of 20 OFFLINE   Jay Gunn

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Posted June 19 2004 - 11:52 AM

Jay, the saturation of the color is intentional.
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#17 of 20 OFFLINE   MichaelFresca

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Posted July 04 2004 - 08:47 AM

I was unimpressed by this dvd. the film itself as well. but it's worth a watch.

#18 of 20 OFFLINE   Darren Gross

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Posted July 08 2004 - 09:47 AM

Does the region 3 disc have Englsih subtitles for the bonus features on disc 2?

The region 2 didn't and there's some great docs there.

#19 of 20 OFFLINE   Matt Czyz

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Posted July 08 2004 - 03:04 PM

No, it doesn't. See http://207.136.67.23...toichi-2003.htm for details.

#20 of 20 OFFLINE   Kyle Tippett

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Posted July 30 2004 - 02:18 AM

Quote:
Great film. cgi-blood looked pretty shitty though.


This was done on purpose by Kitano to make the film appear less violent. Search interviews for proof, or take my word.