DVD DETAILS
Hong Kong region free DVD
DVD COVER
  • Front
    front cover
  • Back
    back cover
DISC
  • Distributor
    Mei Ah Entertainment
  • Region Code
    All
  • Running Time
    1.39.12
  • Rating Category
    IIA
PICTURE
  • Aspect Ratio
    1,85:1
  • Anamorph
    Yes
  • Subtitles
    English
    Chinese (Traditional)
    Chinese (Simplified)
SOUND
  • Language(s)
    Mandarin
  • Format
    Dolby Digital 2.0
EXTRAS
  • Making of featurette
  • Synopsis (1 page)
  • Cast info
ABOUT THIS DVD

The first thing I noticed about this DVD is that it does not have surround sound, only stereo. I can't remember the last time I watched a film in stereo (must have been in the late 80's), but I suspect the film's low-budget origin is the reason for this. But in spite of this, the sound is very acceptable, with good clean dialogue and decent atmosphere.

The image is nice and sharp, with an excellent natural look. The rich green palette is nicely rendered, and the backgrounds, which could have ended up looking like green mush, are detailed with plenty of nuances.

There's quite a lot of specks and dust on the print, but given the quality of the image, it's easy to live with. This is an all together decent DVD to look at.

The subtitles are white with a black edge. Most of the time they make sense, but every now and then a mumbo-jumbo sentence creeps in, but it's not terribly distracting.

The extras consists of a databank and a "making of" program.

The databank is merely a brief synopsis (the same you can read on the cover) and an image of the 5 leading actors with their names on.

The "making of" program runs 5:30. Basically it's just a few interview snippets and some clips from the film. Not terribly interesting, though you do get to hear the proper pronunciation of Shu Qi's name, should you be in doubt. Best of all, the feature is subtitled in both Chinese and English. A very nice touch.

This is not a terribly impressive DVD, but it's more than adequate for this kind of film.

David Bjerre