International DVD Talk Intl. DVDs, Region Free Players, RCE, Hong Kong DVDs & More

Zatoichi HK vs KR?

Old 04-23-04, 05:35 AM
  #1  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: garden grove, ca
Posts: 199
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Zatoichi HK vs KR?

Mods feel free to delete this if it's in the wrong place.

Hi guys, did a search earlier but I couldn't find any info on the quality of the HK Panorama DVD vs. Korean 2 disc. Does anyone know if the HK is anamorphic and how's the image quality? Thanks.
Old 04-23-04, 06:08 AM
  #2  
Cool New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Surrey, UK
Posts: 26
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
CD-wow are now suggesting that the HK disc is not anamorphic
Old 04-23-04, 08:20 PM
  #3  
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: garden grove, ca
Posts: 199
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
alright thanks, guess i'll hold off on zatoichi for a bit.
Old 04-24-04, 05:45 PM
  #4  
Njl
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 234
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The HK is not anamorphic, while the Korean is. First looks at the Korean dvd on other forums suggest the film dvd is a direct port of the Japanese dvd, with added Korean subs.
Old 04-24-04, 06:31 PM
  #5  
Cool New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Reston, VA, USA
Posts: 23
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ack. And I went and ordered the HK one and it's on its way. Ah well. Guess it doesn't matter to me as much, since I don't have a widescreen TV and all.
Old 04-24-04, 09:41 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: California
Posts: 1,195
Likes: 0
Received 9 Likes on 6 Posts
Anybody know if either the HK or Korean DVDs will have English subs on the extras?
Old 04-25-04, 05:42 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: toronto
Posts: 483
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
i have a copy of the japanese disc. i'm getting the hong kong version merely on the fact that i can,at least, read the subtitles on the bonus features.
Old 04-25-04, 02:29 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,003
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I ordered the one from CDWOW. Merely beacuse I got it cheap for only 6.99 shipping included with discount link and a free e-voucher.

The parcel wont ship out before the 26th so no word yet how good/bad this version is.

Anyone whos got CD-WOW version, please post your thoughts.
Old 04-25-04, 02:33 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 9,687
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally posted by tinlunlau
i have a copy of the japanese disc. i'm getting the hong kong version merely on the fact that i can,at least, read the subtitles on the bonus features.
When you get the HK disc, can you let us know the quality of the extras, and if its worth it. I am thinking of picking up the HK disc for the subtitled extras, also.
Old 04-25-04, 02:35 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,003
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hmm, the R2 Jap dont have DTS whereas the R3 HK does have DTS. However, the HK version is a non-anamorphic.

Last edited by Dane; 04-25-04 at 02:38 PM.
Old 04-26-04, 07:07 AM
  #11  
New Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: the North Pole
Posts: 11
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
When you say it's non-anamorphic .. do you base that on hearsay or facts ? I mean do you actually own the DVD ? The reason I'm asking is i I just heard it really is anamorphic.... the HK edition that is.
Old 04-26-04, 08:08 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: harpers ferry, wv
Posts: 659
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
tinlunlau posted on another forum that the HK dvd is anamorphic and that cd-wow had it listed wrong.
http://www.kfccinema.com/temple/view...r=asc&start=15

Last edited by dyerjp; 04-26-04 at 03:24 PM.
Old 04-26-04, 01:05 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,003
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Update!! Apparently, the R3 HK version from CD-WOW is indeed anamorphic. They have just changed it.

And this R3HK has DTS as well, which the R2 Jap version doesnt have.

Last edited by Dane; 04-26-04 at 01:16 PM.
Old 04-26-04, 03:16 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 9,687
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Any picture quality comparisons between the HK, JP, and KR releases?
Old 04-26-04, 03:29 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,003
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I wish DVDBeaver would make one. This is a title right up their alley.
Old 04-27-04, 04:55 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 627
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
DVDBeaver looked at the Japanese disc http://207.136.67.23/film/DVDReview2/zatoichi-2003.htm

I've compared both and the Region 3 is the winner because it has great DTS sound and is much cheaper.

I couldn't see any difference in the images.
Old 04-28-04, 01:25 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: toronto
Posts: 483
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
i had comparisons but i'm having trouble converting it to JPG to post pics in here.
Old 04-28-04, 03:08 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 3,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ok, so is it confirmed that the HK version is anamorphic? And the HK version is the only one with subtitles on the features, right? If that's all correct, then the HK disc sounds like the one to get.

Are there any reviews for the HK version?
Old 04-28-04, 03:39 PM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 378
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Does anyone know for certain if the HK version is uncut? I remember there was some question about the running time, but that may have been a mistake in the listing similar to CD Wow saying it wasn't anamorphic.
Old 04-28-04, 04:45 PM
  #20  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 627
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You guys like messing around!

The Region 3 (HK) is uncut (I've never heard of any cut version -what would they cut?) and it's anamorphic.

There's no English subtitles on the 2nd disc either.


Are there any reviews for the HK version?

See my post.
Old 04-28-04, 05:04 PM
  #21  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 9,687
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Originally posted by Daniel Windsor

There's no English subtitles on the 2nd disc either.
DAMNIT! That was going to be my only reason to pick up this disc, I will just stick with my JP release.
Old 04-28-04, 05:09 PM
  #22  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 627
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes, if you have the Japanese disc the only reason to double buy would be the DTS sound.

I enjoyed the film so much I didn't bother with the 2nd disc. There are much more extras (no subtitles either) on the Japanese disc too. The HK extras disc (which is limited apparently) is nothing to get excited about except for the film (mine had a set of three postcards incidentally).
Old 04-29-04, 05:33 PM
  #23  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 6,268
Received 225 Likes on 154 Posts
My Korean version arrived today.

Should be getting the HK version by Friday.
Old 04-29-04, 06:43 PM
  #24  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 9,687
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
A word of warning, it seems the HK disc has a small cut in it...I found this over at asiandvdguide.com

Zatoichi was IIB with only minimal cuts (according to memory, the severed hand at the gambling den didn't make it, and there may've been 1/4 second less of the bad guy's nasty fate.)
Old 04-29-04, 09:30 PM
  #25  
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
hi im gonna pick up a copy of zatoichi soon (once i finally finish these finals first...eeek).

anyway im probably gonna pick up the hk vers for dts, but the packaging on the korean version is just damn hot. just wondering for those with the hk version, hows the packaging? is it amaray? is the spine all splattered with logos like the front?

also, is the dts on the hk version a totally big step up from the previous versions?

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.