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3rd January 2006 11:41  #1

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,126 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
Who's seen it then? I thought it was better than Mr. Vengeance, but not quite up to the standard of Oldboy. It's a very stylish film though. I'm quite interested to hear from people who have the two-disc Korean set with the version that fades to black and white. Exactly how and when does this occur? Is it a subtle drain of colour, or does it suddenly just change (a la Kill Bill)? What effect, if any, does this have on the film?

The Hong Kong disc I have is prety good, although it's from Panorama Distributions and so has an interlaced transfer rather than progressive. With that said, I didn't actually spot too many artefacts. It's also a very clean looking transfer. It's got fantastic DTS/Dolby tracks as well.

3rd January 2006 17:39  #2

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
I haven’t seen it yet, but am salivating for it.  Oldboy is my favorite movie of 05, Mr. Vengeance was amazing also and Ive read incredible things on Lady Vengeance from AICN.  As soon as the opportunity presents itself - I'm there!!

3rd January 2006 23:33  #3

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Looks like the South Korean release has sold out, probably be a while before a new batch is made available.

4th January 2006 0:01  #4

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,126 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Next week from what I read on one of the sites. Can't see the point in getting it now, as none of the extras are subbed. The panorama disc is surprisingly good in the video department, in spite of the interlaced transfer.

4th January 2006 2:02  #5

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
Mal, Chris - You have All Region players?  I'm finding it exceedingly frustrating to have to wait a year or so before a lot of these new Asian (especially Korean) flicks hit Region 1 or All.

A Bittersweet Life sold out instantley and I cant find an original All Region anywhere.  Suggestions?

4th January 2006 2:32  #6

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Yep, always had a multiregion player. In this part of the world it's considered an important feature alongside PAL/NTSC conversion and DivX playback, a player that doesn't have multiregion support is unlikely to sell well - unless it's a major brand name.

You are right, A Bittersweet Life seems to have sold out at most places, although it looks like Yes Asia still have stock:

http://global.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/pid-1...

(double check it's the version you want though as I'm half asleep at the moment!)

4th January 2006 9:18  #7

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,126 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
I've had around six players and every one of them has been multi-region. It's a necessity if you're at all serious about films, because it allows you to chose the version of the film you want (rather than the one your country's censors tell you to watch).

4th January 2006 15:47  #8

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
Excellent, thank guys!!  Looks like I need to get one - asap.  Ive been telling myself I dont really NEED one for almost a couple years now, but thats obviously wrong Wink

Any suggestions on brands or where the best deals are?

4th January 2006 15:59  #9

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Try Amazon.com, I think they have a cheap Philips model that's popular although I cannot vouch for quality. The good thing about Amazon is their user comments, you can find out if a player is multiregion or if is actually any good by reading them.

13th January 2006 13:19  #10

Sohan Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7
hello,
just have a question and wondering if anyone can answer this one: I recently bought the korean 2 disk SFLV and when I want to play the second disk the director's commentary is always on and cannot make it off....is it my player or the disk has the commentary as a default feature......i would really love to watch the fade to black version because it has got the subtitle......
i recently bought Leon and A bittersweet life..with SFLV and Leon is 2 disk and has got both versions...i think this is a very good set....for collectors....going to watch A bittersweet Life tonite.....i bought my dvd's from DVDFROMKOREA and they are good.
Thanks.  

13th January 2006 15:02  #11

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
GRZA wrote: Excellent, thank guys!!  Looks like I need to get one - asap.  Ive been telling myself I dont really NEED one for almost a couple years now, but thats obviously wrong Wink

Any suggestions on brands or where the best deals are?

I just got the Oppo Digital player for Christmas myself and I'm very pleased with it so far. It does PAL-NTSC conversion and vice versa, is multi-region with a simple code, upconverts to 1080i and various other resolutions, and plays DIVX, MP3, and WMA files well. Plus, mine, which was ordered directly from Oppo, came included with both DVI-DVI and DVI-HDMI cables. David Beamish reviewed this player a few months back if you'd like a more detailed look at it, but it's a great player for the money, and the included cables make it a real bargain.

26th January 2006 23:05  #12

Bodhi Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 403
Fantastic movie. I watched the regular theatrical version.

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