Kill Bill vol. 1 Japanese Version: Tell me about it

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    I have been hearing many great things about the
    Japanese version of Kill Bill, among them
    the fact that the B&W footage that the MPAA demanded
    for U.S. release is in color on the Japanese version.

    What other benefits does this Japanese version have?

    I found it for sale here:

    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=GNBF-7040

    Is there a better place to buy this?
     
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    Hi Ron,

    Feel free to take a look at this review I wrote comparing the UK, US and Japanese discs.

    Hope that helps
     
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    Hi Ron,

    Feel free to take a look at this review I wrote comparing the UK, US and Japanese discs.

    Hope that helps
     
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    I don't usually play hall monitor, but doesn't this belong in the REGIONAL section of the forum? [​IMG]


    I have not seen the disc and can't vouch for it personally, but I understand that in addition to the color sequences (which were B&W in the US) the Japanese version contains several small scenes that were cut in the US. The result is that the film "flows" better. Also, I've heard unsubstantiated reports that the transfer is sharper on the Japanese disc, and the DTS soundtrack is superior as well.

    CDJAPAN is a great place to order from. Yesasia.com has it as well, but for $3 more.
     
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    I don't usually play hall monitor, but doesn't this belong in the REGIONAL section of the forum? [​IMG]


    I have not seen the disc and can't vouch for it personally, but I understand that in addition to the color sequences (which were B&W in the US) the Japanese version contains several small scenes that were cut in the US. The result is that the film "flows" better. Also, I've heard unsubstantiated reports that the transfer is sharper on the Japanese disc, and the DTS soundtrack is superior as well.

    CDJAPAN is a great place to order from. Yesasia.com has it as well, but for $3 more.
     
  6. Ed St. Clair

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    I would like to also like too ask if the Japanese version is a dub (Japanese FROM English, for a change), or subtitled (maybe even 'burned in')?
    Thanks for letting me break in Ron.
    Miss your reviews!
    Maybe you'll make a 'comeback' for this title.
     
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    I would like to also like too ask if the Japanese version is a dub (Japanese FROM English, for a change), or subtitled (maybe even 'burned in')?
    Thanks for letting me break in Ron.
    Miss your reviews!
    Maybe you'll make a 'comeback' for this title.
     
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    The Japanese disc contains English language 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks, as well as a 5.1 Japanese dubbed track, along with player generated - not 'burned in' - subtitles. My review should hopefully cover everything

    HTH
     
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    The Japanese disc contains English language 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS tracks, as well as a 5.1 Japanese dubbed track, along with player generated - not 'burned in' - subtitles. My review should hopefully cover everything

    HTH
     
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    LOL, I thought the same thing!...I was expecting to see that it was a "newbie" to the forum, but imagine my surprise!

    Maybe I'll start a thread on R2 "Friends" season sets here!

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    LOL, I thought the same thing!...I was expecting to see that it was a "newbie" to the forum, but imagine my surprise!

    Maybe I'll start a thread on R2 "Friends" season sets here!

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Here's the main differences:

    There is slightly more gore in the animated sequence.

    The House of Blue Leaves fight is in full color. Its so much better in color! The black and white US version is over-exposed (likely on purpose), so the whites are blown out and less detailed. I guess just removing the color wasn't enough for the MPAA.

    There's also some footage in that fight (and after it) that is not in the US version.

    There are English subtitles, but they are either on all the time or off all the time. Or if your really good, you can try to turn them on when there is Japanese speaking.

    The supplements are different. There is a cool segment on the making of the animated sequence, but its not subtitled. You can also watch the entire animated sequence accompanied by the storyboards. There's some decent on-set footage too.

    It all depends on if messing with the subtitles bothers you. After I watched the Japanese version, I became spoiled and could not watch the US version.

    I also ordered it from CDJapan. I'm sure its cheaper somewhere else, but I didn't want to search forever.
     
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    Here's the main differences:

    There is slightly more gore in the animated sequence.

    The House of Blue Leaves fight is in full color. Its so much better in color! The black and white US version is over-exposed (likely on purpose), so the whites are blown out and less detailed. I guess just removing the color wasn't enough for the MPAA.

    There's also some footage in that fight (and after it) that is not in the US version.

    There are English subtitles, but they are either on all the time or off all the time. Or if your really good, you can try to turn them on when there is Japanese speaking.

    The supplements are different. There is a cool segment on the making of the animated sequence, but its not subtitled. You can also watch the entire animated sequence accompanied by the storyboards. There's some decent on-set footage too.

    It all depends on if messing with the subtitles bothers you. After I watched the Japanese version, I became spoiled and could not watch the US version.

    I also ordered it from CDJapan. I'm sure its cheaper somewhere else, but I didn't want to search forever.
     
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    There was another thread where someone was talking about the combined Kill Bill that played at Cannes. Apparently the Vol. 1 portion of it was basically this Japanese version. So, although I have no insider sources or any great insight beyond what I'm pulling out of my behind, I would hazard a guess that the eventual double-pack R1 DVD release of the two movies will feature the Japanese cut of Vol. 1.
     
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    There was another thread where someone was talking about the combined Kill Bill that played at Cannes. Apparently the Vol. 1 portion of it was basically this Japanese version. So, although I have no insider sources or any great insight beyond what I'm pulling out of my behind, I would hazard a guess that the eventual double-pack R1 DVD release of the two movies will feature the Japanese cut of Vol. 1.
     
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    Posted by: Mark_Mc

    SOLID!
    I am waiting for the 'Japanese' Box Set then.
     
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    Posted by: Mark_Mc

    SOLID!
    I am waiting for the 'Japanese' Box Set then.
     
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    Doesn't the one girl get her other arm cut off before being thrown down the hill to the hospital in the japanese version?
     
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    Doesn't the one girl get her other arm cut off before being thrown down the hill to the hospital in the japanese version?
     
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    Yessir, she does lose more bodyparts in the J version.

    I borrowed the Japanese disc from a friend... it's solid. I'm gonna wait for the eventual release of it here though.

    You can actually pick it up at most Virgin Megastores for around $49.99 (the cheaper route would be www.yesasia.com)
     

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