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Korean LAST EMPEROR is just as bad the domestic Artisan

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Dick, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. Dick

    Dick Lead Actor
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    This sucks. I rented the asian DVD from Nicheflix and it looks exactly like the Artisan DVD. Isn't there anything out there that isn't crammed with aliasing and artifacting?
     
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    There used to be a DVD comparison site that compared titles from different coding to see which was best.I was pretty sure there was a 16x9 version of LE on there.Maybe it was region 2 PAL.I dont remember.

    The site seems to have disappeared though [​IMG]

    Heres link I used to use, but its gone now[​IMG]

    http://www.dvdcompare.org.uk/compari...ge.php?fid=667
     
  3. Jeff Adkins

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    Dick,

    You need to rent the theatrical cut from the Korean set, not the director's cut. The theatrical cut is anamorphic and looks incredible. It's also Region 0. The director's cut is the same as the Artisan transfer.

    Jeff
     
  4. Dick

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    Thanks, Jeff - I'll try it. Was anything truly significant added to make up the 4-hour version?
     
  5. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    This is an excellent dvd comparison site: Dvd Beaver. I don't know if they done a comparison on Ran.
     
  6. Jeff Adkins

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    I've never seen the long version since there's never been a good transfer available. Anyone else around here care to comment on the significance of the director's cut vs. the theatrical cut?

    Jeff
     
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    The theatrical cut on the Korean is decent (not reference). Yes, the extended cut is the same 4x3 lbx as the Artisan R1.

    I'm watching the korean-disc theatrical cut (R0, NTSC flagged) for now until this masterpiece (16x9 SE) is done right.
     
  8. Phil L

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    I think the director's cut is a far superior film.

    I was lucky enough to see it projected a few years ago.

    The US DVD is horrid.
     
  9. Cahyo Wicaksono

    Cahyo Wicaksono Stunt Coordinator

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    I can't remember which is which, but one version is told in a chronological order, the other in a flash-back fashion.

    However, the director's cut is far superior and much more coherent.

    I haven't watched the director's cut for the past 6 years just because the picture quality on the US DVD is about the same as VHS.
     
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    A special edition of the director's cut is long overdue. It's a great film in the 4-hour version. Does Artisan still own the rights? Isn't Artisan about to be sold?
     

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