Anamorphic The Last Emperor & Farewell, My Concubine!

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  1. Peter Jue

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    For all fans of Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, you can ditch the region 1 DVD with the horrendous transfer and step up to the region all Korean DVD! It contains the longer director's cut on disc 1 and the theatrical cut on disc 2. The director's cut is anamorphic; the theatrical cut may also be anamorphic. Check it out at DVDAsian or http://www.music-plaza.com/proview.asp?id=6074&red2=yes
    Also, fans of Farewell, My Concubine will also want to ditch their Miramax DVD's. The Korean DVD is also anamorphic (and has English subs), although neither DVDAsian or Pokerindustries have it for sale yet. Music Plaza is selling it, but I've never ordered from them before. Get it at http://www.music-plaza.com/proview.asp?id=6089&red2=yes
    For anime fans, Ghost in the Shell has also been given special treatment on Korean DVD. It is a 2 DVD set with the movie on disc 1 (progressive anamorphic transfer) and the extras on disc 2. According to this AoD thread, it appears the Korean DVD has the better transfer over Manga's region 1 DVD. DVDAsian is also selling this at http://www.dvdasian.com/cgi-bin/dvdasian/13202.html
     
  2. Jay Blair

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    Peter, thanks for sharing.

    Just placed my order for LAST EMPEROR from DVDAsian.

    Now if I could just get my hands on the director's cut of THE CONFORMIST (with English subs)...

    And, OK, I'll be greedy, how bout 1900 and TRAGEDY OF A RIDICULOUS MAN as well, while I'm at it.
     
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    Jay, let us know if it's as good as it seems. I notice that the DVD (Last Emperor, which is the one I am interested in) is ALL region. Doesn't MPAA get all bend out of shape on this ?
     
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    It's supposed to be coded Region 3 for Korea, but certain Korean DVD companies have been lax about it or have actually coded it for both Region 3 and Region 1.
     
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    How is the quality of the Korean Last Emperor disc? Has anyone actually seen it?

    - Steve
     
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    Thanks for posting this! I would've never known about it otherwise. Maybe now I can retire my LD of Farewell, My Concubine. [​IMG]
    -Dave
     
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    I have found the quality of legit Korean discs to be EXEMPLARY

    Feel safe in ordering it
     
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    >>I don't think the MPAA's jurisdiction extends to Korea.
     
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    So, what is the quality of the actual Last Emperor discs? Anyone?

    - Steve
     
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    Just a bit of feedback on Music Plaza---

    they're a fairly large, somewhat famous Korean CD store based out of Los Angeles, CA. Their presence online has grown a good deal over the past few years and has since expanded to start selling stuff besides just cds (I've seen like video games, dvds, video tapes popping up there in the past year or so).

    I've shopped w/ them for years now--have always gotten my items in a timely manner and in excellent packaging. The few times I've had minor issues (related to the USPS's handling of my packages), the guys that I spoke with on the phone were very accomodating.

    I'd definitely have no qualms about recommending MP to other HTF regulars as I can't imagine they'd be any less professional in their handling of DVD sales as they would be with their Korean cds.
     
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    >>In any event, I don't think anyone here is seeking to import the DVD for anything other than their personal use, hence my query on why the MPAA would be an issue.
     
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    Work is being done or will be done on a new region one version of The Last Emperor.
    link: http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...con/index.html
    This is from last summer so one can only assume work has begun.
    The section about TLE is in the last third of the transcript and is spoken by Mark Rance.
     
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    Going back to the DVD itself, has anyone seen The Last Emperor? This is one of my all-time favorite films and I'd love to replace my Artisan DVD with something not sourced from a Betacam master. What about the supplements? The DVD Asian site metions "Interviews and additional footage". Who's interviewed and what do they mean by "additional footage" is this in reference to the additional scenes in the director's cut, or are there deleted scenes that do not appear in either version?

    I am soo close to running down to Koreatown to Music Plaza's store to pick this up!
    - Guy
     

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