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Yi Yi (Starmax), Hana-Bi (Spectrum) - Opinions?

Old 03-29-02, 12:51 PM
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Yi Yi (Starmax), Hana-Bi (Spectrum) - Opinions?

I assume the Starmax version of Yi Yi can't be any worse than the Fox Lorber/Winstar version. How does the Spectrum release of Hana-Bi compare to the R2 versions?
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The Starmax version of YiYi is the best DVD available out there...
It is DVD-9, whereas the US and HK DVDS are DVD-5. Since this movie runs almost 3 hours, you can see how that already makes the Starmax DVD the best choice.
I have not watched the whole feature, but opon quick scans, the image is somewhat grainy (which I believe was the way the movie was shown in the theatre), but there is not compression artifacts at all.

The best versions of Hana-Bi are from Region-2/PAL released in UK and France. The French release has more extras. Other than that, the movie itself is the same on both DVDs.


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I haven't seen the R2 version but I checked out Spectrum release of Hana-Bi really quickly and it picture looks pretty good. It is only single-layer though. It also comes in a nice looking slipcase with a 56 page booklet .
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Tristran, are you the owner of krdvd.com? Funny that you should reply since I'm asking these questions before I order from your site.

Anyway, thanks for the info guys.
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If you can read Japanese, the booklet that comes with the Spectrum release has the screenplay in it.

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the R1 of Yi Yi has a commentary by writer/director Edward Chang. i actually prefer it over the Spectrum release for that difference. The R2 French version has the most aesthetically pleasing cover

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I am far more interested in the movie presentation than any commentary or extras, so the Korean Starmax of YiYi is the best one to me.

Doh! Hana-Bi released in Korea?? Damn.... I prefer NTSC over PAL... oh well....


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Korean DVDs are in NTSC.

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Yes, Which is why I said I prefer NTSC over PAL, as I have the R2/PAL version of Hana-Bi


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