HKL Iron Monkey a dub?

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  1. John DeLuca

    John DeLuca Stunt Coordinator

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    Sorry if this sounds like a wierd question but I just bought the HKL version of Iron Monkey. I chose the Cantonese version with English subtitles and it looks like this is a dub. The mouth's don't seem to be in synch with what's on the screen. Was this movie originally made in a different dialect such as Mandarin? I just want to make sure either I'm not crazy or if my PC is having a synch problem. This is the only DVD that's doing this so I am wondering if Cantonese isn't the original language.
     
  2. Mark_Wilson

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    It seemed ok to me but Ghost Riders tracks are definately dubs. They both sucked, although the Mardarin sucked less. They both are are 5.1 but the first track seemed fuller, or at least louder.
     
  3. Jeff Kleist

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    Until VERY recently, all HK films were shot without production audio, and then dubbed in post. That's why there's synch problems, people were a little off
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  4. John DeLuca

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    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the info Jeff. This is my first HKL DVD as you can tell so I'm just getting into these types of movies.
     
  5. James Nguyen

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    Odd, I watched this last night with 4 native Cantonese speakers and except for one scene, none of them ever noticed any noticeable synch problems.. I even brought up the point a couple times where it looked a bit off (but not as bad as say, American dubbed Godzillas from back in the day [​IMG]), but they didn't seem to be fazed in the least.
    :shrug:
     
  6. Matt DeVillier

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    I just got the Media Asia release of Iron Monkey, and sadly none of the audio tracks line up very well at all with the video. [​IMG]
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  7. Jeff Kleist

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    James, if you saw the new 35mm film print, they probably digitally fixed the sync problems.
    If you were watching a DVD, they probably are so used to it being out of sync it didn't bother them
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  8. Matt_Stevens

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    The Media Asia DVD has a remix that is vastly inferior to the original mono. I compared the LD to the Media Asia DVD and the difference was night and day.
    However, HKL's IRON MONKEY DVD is easily the best version of the film ever available. Thumbs way up. [​IMG]
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  9. John DeLuca

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    Matt, I totally agree with you. The HKL DVD is simply amazing. And this is just viewing it on my PC at the moment. My new TV and Progressive DVD player are coming soon so I can't wait to watch it on there. I just thought the voices looked a bit off with the lip-synch which is why I wondered if Cantonese was the original language.
    I do have to say that this is an amazing movie. Great story and the action is just fantastic. I'm still new to these types of movies but I'm getting hooked very fast.
     
  10. James Nguyen

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    heh,
    getting hooked on Asian cinema while living in the United States is NOT an inexpensive path to follow. If you value having money in your wallet and a comfortable amount in your checking account, stop now. [​IMG]
    It's all over if you're into Asian cinema AND anime. I'm even worse off being heavily into collecting musical cds from Japan and Korea as well. Music CDs in Japan are EXPENSIVE, on average 30 to 45 bucks per album. Sigh.....
     
  11. John DeLuca

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    James, I'm starting to realise that [​IMG] Plus, I just started geting into Anime as well so I'm really getting into a whole new world. The HKL DVD's from Amazon.uk aren't draining my wallet nearly as much as the Anime titles from CDJapan. Those can get really expensive. I've been pretty selective in my ordering though so it hasn't been too bad.
     

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