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How's the Audio, Video Quality on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Blu-Ray)?


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OFFLINE   Kenneth Lee

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Posted February 18 2010 - 06:24 AM

Hi All,

How's the video and audio quality for the Bundle-Only (boo! :( Blu-Ray release for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from Sony?

I haven't found a definitive review for the Blu-Ray yet.

Thanks in advance.


OFFLINE   Jesse Blacklow

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Posted February 18 2010 - 06:36 AM

Dunno about quality, you could check Blu-ray.com or DVDTimes for reviews, but if you want it separate from the bundle, just order the region-free UK version from Amazon.UK or a similar retailer.

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Posted February 18 2010 - 06:46 AM

I just saw today Best Buy has it listed with a release date of March 9.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crouching+Tiger+Hidden+Dragon+-+Widescreen+Dubbed+Subtitle+AC3+-+Blu-ray+Disc/8165558.p?id=32842&skuId=8165558&st=crouching%20tiger%20blu&lp=1&cp=1

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Posted February 18 2010 - 09:23 AM

@ Jesse,

Thanks for the links; sounds like the Video and Audio transfer turned out to be pretty good (no major issues). :) 


@ Cameron,

Thanks for the Best Buy link. Wow, that's news to me. How accurate is Best Buy.com for street dates and such? Amazon.com doesn't even have this listing. Thanks.


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Posted February 18 2010 - 10:07 AM

Yeah, it was a surprise to me too. I'm taking it with a grain of salt. When the 9th rolls around I'll check on it but I don't have my hopes up.
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Posted February 18 2010 - 10:21 AM

You can buy this title from Amazon's UK site for 18.69 including shipping.  I've had this release for several months and it looks very good to me.





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Posted February 18 2010 - 12:00 PM

You can rent it from netflix.

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Posted February 18 2010 - 05:56 PM

Best Buy.com is pretty accurate on its release dates. 

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Posted February 19 2010 - 11:54 AM

Hi Crawdaddy,

Thanks for the tip (and thoughts on the Blu-Ray). :)


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Posted February 19 2010 - 12:17 PM

Finally(!), if true, that it's being released as a standalone title here in the USA.

I was planning to just order it from Amazon UK along w/ a few other titles, but guess I may just hold off on that now.

For some reason, I thought it did get a thumbs up from RAH and another HTF reviewer, but I'm not too sure now -- and the site search function is pretty useless for digging stuff up.

Anyway, it's a Sony release, so it should be pretty solid quality-wise since Sony has been pretty spotless w/ their track record ever since the earliest days after The Fifth Element problem.  If there's any studio you can trust for delivering quality (A/V) results on Blu-ray, Sony is it.

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Posted February 20 2010 - 12:54 PM

Received this today. PQ is very good, imo. Subtitles do run into the letterbox area but the Oppo fixed that. I was surprised it was in a steelbook case. I was expecting the thicker UK plastic case. I don't remember it being mentioned as a steelbook on the product page at Amazon UK .

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Posted February 20 2010 - 02:28 PM

You said it man, Man. The search feature is (was) one of the most important aspects of the site, saves unnecessary superfluous posts (like this one) when it works. I was looking for a review by Michael Reuben and no way can I find it by searching. Luckily it was only 10 pages back a few days ago, 12 pages back today when I re-verified to prevent looking extra foolish.../img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif...so it's there but almost might as well not be.

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Posted February 21 2010 - 08:26 AM

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You said it man, Man. The search feature is (was) one of the most important aspects of the site, saves unnecessary superfluous posts (like this one) when it works. I was looking for a review by Michael Reuben and no way can I find it by searching. Luckily it was only 10 pages back a few days ago, 12 pages back today when I re-verified to prevent looking extra foolish.../img/vbsmilies/htf/smile.gif...so it's there but almost might as well not be.



 
I know this doesn't address the search issue, but the easiest way to find a review, especially from the last year, is to look for the disc in the product database. A copy of the review should be attached to the product entry, and a link to the review thread should appear just below the cover image.

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Posted February 21 2010 - 09:33 AM

I haven't had any trouble looking up reviews with the search function. Seemed to work fine for me for the BDs I've looked up.
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Posted February 21 2010 - 01:47 PM

 I've been waiting for this to break out of the box set!!  I have heard that aside from placement issues, the the translation has been reworked a bit.  Is this true, and is it bad enough that it should be a deal breaker?

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Posted February 23 2010 - 07:09 PM

FWIW, Amazon just alerted me the BD is available now for pre-order, but there's still no date specified.

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I have heard that aside from placement issues, the the translation has been reworked a bit. Is this true, and is it bad enough that it should be a deal breaker?
I've watched about 90 minutes of it and the subtitles are slightly different than what I remember. I don't think it's any better or worse and definitely not a deal breaker.

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Posted February 25 2010 - 05:23 AM

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the thoughts. I don't have an Oppo, so do you think the U.K. release with the Subtitles running into the letterboxing is going to be a problem for me? (I'm running a Sony PS3.) Thanks. I may just wait for that U.S. Blu-Ray release.


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Posted February 25 2010 - 07:18 AM

Shouldn't be a problem. Unless you're running a constant height 2.35 FP setup it just comes down to personal preference. Me personally, I like the subtitles completely in the film area.

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Posted March 30 2010 - 07:53 AM

FWIW Crouching Tiger BD is now showing on Amazon as In Stock.

http://www.amazon.com/Crouching-Tiger-Hidden-Dragon-Blu-ray/dp/B00198X0UY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1269978519&sr=8-2

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Posted March 30 2010 - 12:38 PM

The problem is that Amazon, Best Buy and a lot of retailers keep pushing the release date back. I'll believe this is out when I see it in stores.