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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Qing shao nian nuo zha" )

 

directed by Ming-liang Tsai
Taiwan 1992

 

Tsai's first film is of interest for its roots in his eventual styling - a more conventional drama than his future films, we are shown an ambitious student who leaves his studies to seek revenge on the hoodlums who wrecked his father's taxi cab. We are also privy to a couple of petty teenage thieves (Tse and Ping) living in an overcrowded apartment building with a constantly gurgling floor drain. Residing in their complex is a girl (Kuei) they are currently seeking attention from, yet as always with Tsai, communication is the barrier. Told in a series of Taipei-based tableaux's, Tsia's eventual themes are already obvious and will reoccur in his future films in a more concrete and polished form.

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Theatrical Release: 4 August 1994 (Netherlands)

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DVD Comparison:

Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC

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(Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Wellspring

Region 1 - NTSC

Big World Pictures
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:41:45 1:47:00
Video

1.83:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.78 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Wellspring

 

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Big World Pictures

 

Audio Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles English, none English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Wellspring

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.83:1

Edition Details:
� Filmographies (text)
� Trailers of other Wellspring Asian releases

DVD Release Date: 3 February 2003
Amaray

Chapters 24
 

Release Information:
Studio: Big World Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:00)
� Previews

 

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 14

 

 

 

Comments

Big World's new HD-mastered disc is progressive, running at the correct framerate, overall brighter and revealing more picture information on all four sides of the frame while being more accurately letterboxed at 1.85:1. The subtitles are burnt-in but unobtrusive. There are no extras apart from trailers.

On the Wellspring disc: Although anamorphic, this release is not progressive and 'combing' can be seen to varying degrees in all horizontal pans. It certainly doesn't look stellar but to be fair it is still better than my VHS copy. Lighting is very poor, most likely a function of limited production. Colors are bleeding (see title). For those keen on Tsai, this ends up being a must-own DVD, not so much for the quality of the image but for the limited alternative of the film on DVD. We thank Wellspring for releasing this on DVD, but always wish their standards were somewhat higher.

 - Eric Cotenas

 


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Distribution

Wellspring

Region 1 - NTSC

Big World Pictures
Region 0 - NTSC

 

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Image:

Big World Pictures

Sound:

Big World Pictures

Extras: Draw
 



 

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