Versus

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Todd Terwilliger, Jul 24, 2002.

  1. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,745
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I just finished watching this flick. I have to say, I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's crazy over the top but they make it work - very comic-book style. This film is short on plot and long on body count, with a large dose of humor thrown in. I think it works because they don't try to reign anything in - they just let their hair down and roll with it.

    The video quality could be better but that may be a function of the film's low budget. Also, the soundtrack is only 2.0 - it sounds surprisingly spry however.
     
  2. JohnAD

    JohnAD Cinematographer

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    2,335
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Versus is a most excellent film. I really liked the ending.

    John.
     
  3. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,745
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I agree. Heck, I thought the whole film was cool. I loved their sense of humor.
     
  4. LennyP

    LennyP Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2002
    Messages:
    587
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I only watched the first 10 minutes, gotta get to it, sure glad I bought the DVD though. But only 'cause it's the only edition, otherwise it sucks, bad video/audio quality.
     
  5. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,745
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    It is certainly not going to be anybody's reference demo but I heard movie was made for less than $500,000 so I'm sure this is more a function of that budget more than anything else. They put on one heck of a show - amazing considering what little money they had to work with.
     
  6. LouieT

    LouieT Extra

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2002
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Todd,

    Where did you buy the Versus disc? I saw it at a few places, but wanted your feedback on the disc quality. I saw a few on Ebay, but I think they are bootlegs. If your's is an official release, how is the quality, transfer, extras, etc.?
     
  7. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,745
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I got mine off Ebay and it seems to be authentic - though I'm not sure if I could tell if it was a bootleg unless it was very obvious. The disc plays flawlessly in my Sony player which does not like cheap DVDs (like some HK discs).
    Is there any good way to check if a disc is a bootleg?
    EDIT: I took this off the seller's page for the auction I bought Versus from:
     
  8. Adam-C

    Adam-C Auditioning

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Sorry Todd, you bought a bootleg. The only legit release is KSS's R2 Japanese release. Japanese discs don't get discounted to half their price. Unfortunately there are a few anime bootleggers who do contract work for bootlegs if a seller/buyer is wishing to order 1000 units or more. This is why bootlegs of Wild Zero, Ring 1 + 2, and Versus have popped up on ebay.
     
  9. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 1999
    Messages:
    11,267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Actually, I believe there is a legit HK release of Versus, but it's cut

    Media Blasters will be releasing it uncut in the US
     
  10. Chris Xolotl

    Chris Xolotl Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2001
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Furious is right on the money.

    Bootleggers are getting better and better nowadays. I have original releases that look like they could be bootlegs -but are not-.

    I have now seen bootlegs that will fool anybody who doesn't know about distribution rights of the official product.
     
  11. Todd Terwilliger

    Todd Terwilliger Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,745
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ah well. I'm relatively new to the import scene so I'm sure this won't be the first time I get taken in. I'll just have to be more careful in researching before I buy. Live and learn, I suppose.

    Jeff,

    What are the details on the US release?
     
  12. Jeff Adkins

    Jeff Adkins Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 1998
    Messages:
    1,775
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    Jeff Adkins
    It's my understanding that the Region 0 release of Versus is a bootleg. Quality-wise, they took the digital files from official release and just added English and Cantonese subs and removed the region coding.
    Jeff
     
  13. JohnAD

    JohnAD Cinematographer

    Joined:
    May 21, 2002
    Messages:
    2,335
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hey all:
    You can pick up a legit R2 copy of Versus at CD Japan (www.cdjapan.co.jp). That's where I got my copy from.
    John.
     

Share This Page