(aka "Together" )

 

directed by Kaige Chen
China 2002

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Theatrical Release: September 10th, 2002 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Comparison:

TVA - Region 1 - NTSC vs. WA - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Gary Tooze and Ole Kofoed for the Screen Caps!

(TVA - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. WA - Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

TVA

Region 1 - NTSC

WA
Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:58:20 1:54:16 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.50 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.76:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ?.?? mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Bitrate:

TVA

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

WA

NOT AVAILABLE

Audio Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1) , DUB: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Mandarin (Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0)

Subtitles English, French or None English, Chinese or None
Features Release Information:
Studio: TVA

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• 4:3 interview with Director Chen (5:58)
• Chinese, English & French trailer

DVD Release Date: November 18th, 2003
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Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio: WA

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.76:1

Edition Details:
• Biographies (In Chinese)

DVD Release Date: March 16, 2003
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Chapters 8

Comments

The Chinese WA non-anamorphic release is too bright and not as sharp as the Canadian TVA. The TVA is missing a little picture in top and bottom, but the 1.85:1 is proberly the correct ratio I guess has been shown in theatres.

NOTE: On the TVA - there is a curious flaw. A subtitle (actually the one above) appears stuck and remains left on the screen until you either STOP and START again or fiddle with the subs. It is quite infuriating and the DVD should have been replaced.
 

There is also an time error on the WA release, after 57 minutes the time counter starts from zero again while the movie continues.

So we can't recommend any of these DVD's, try MGM's region 1 or Momentum's release from UK, it can only be better.

 - Ole Kofoed

 



 

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