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(aka 'Saam gaang yi')

Directed by Fruit Chan (segment "Dumplings"), Takashi Miike (segment "Box") and Chan-wook Park (segment "Cut")
Hong Kong / Japan / South Korea 2004

 

 

  Three Asian directors, from Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan, join forces to create an omnibus horror film, Three...Extremes, a sequel of sorts to the 2002 Hong Kong/Korean/Thai production Three. In Fruit Chan's "Dumplings," shot by Christopher Doyle, Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung), a thirtysomething former actress with a philandering husband (Tony Leung) goes to visit Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), who sells the most expensive dumplings in Hong Kong. Mrs. Li knows about their rejuvenating powers, and she also knows about their unpleasant main ingredient, but after some initial nausea, she digs right in. In Oldboy writer/director Park Chan-wook's "Cut," a successful filmmaker (Lee Byung-hun of Joint Security Area) arrives home to find that a disgruntled extra (Lim Won-hee) has taken over his home, and fastened his pianist wife (Kang Hye-jun of Oldboy) to the grand piano. The madman threatens to cut off the wife's fingers, one by one, unless the director strangles the helpless child he's tied to the couch. Takashi Miike directs the last segment, "Box," about a young author and former circus performer, Kyoko (Kyoko Hasegawa) seemingly haunted by the ghost of her twin sister, who died a mysterious and horrible death while practicing their act. Adding to Kyoko's trauma, her editor (Atsuro Watabe) is a dead ringer for her old stepfather/ringmaster, who may have perished in the same "accident" that took her sister's life.

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Theatrical Release: January 18th, 2003 - Tokyo

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DVD Comparison:

Tartan - Region 2 - PAL vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC vs. LionsGate (2-disc) - Region 1- NTSC

 (Tartan - Region 2- PAL LEFT vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC RIGHT)

 

DVD Box Cover

 

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Distribution

Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC Lionsgate - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:00:57 (4% PAL speedup) 2:06:01 2:06:12
Video

1.80:1 Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 5.81 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.85 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Korean / Japanese / Cantonese, 5.1 Dolby Digital Korean / Japanese / Cantonese, DTS Korean / Japanese / Cantonese English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS)  English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, None English, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.80:1

Edition Details:
• The making of Three Extremes (14:36)
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Tartan Trailer Reel

DVD Release Date: August 21, 2006
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Chapters 16

Release Information:
Studio: Mega Star (HK)

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• none

DVD Release Date: ?, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 5 X 3 - 15

Release Information:
Studio: LionsGate

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Fruit Chan's extended, feature-length version of Dumplings (1:30:33)
• Commentary on Box by director Miike Takashi

• Making of Dumplings Featurette (14:39)
• Trailers

DVD Release Date: February 28th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 8 X 3 - 25

 

 

Comments:

ADDITION: Tartan - Region 2- PAL - September 06' :

About the Tartan: The transfer seems identical to the one from Lions Gate, in respect to cropping of "Dumplings".  When zooming in, Tartan has more sharpness in details than Lions Gate.

 - Henrik Sylow

It appears as though the Lions Gate is the way to go with the Miike commentary and extended version of Dumplings.

Gary Tooze

****

ADDITION: LionsGate - March 06': The image quality is quite similar between the two issues with a bit of variation in color (and occasionally framing - the Mega-Star sometimes shows much more?!) - I have no real way of knowing which is most correct. Subtitles don't seem far off in translation or appearance. The big difference is that the LionsGate have included the long version of Fruit Chan's Dumplings, as well as the shorter version on the 1st disc. The initial Mega-Star release has a bumped DTS audio option that the LionsGate does not - if that is of importance to you. Overall I would have to recommend the LionsGate as the long version of "Dumplings" is actually sold as a whole separate package on 2 VCDs, or a DTS DVD HERE or a Japanese set that has only Japanese subtitles. The 'Making of' featurette may hold some interest for Chan fans and the Miike commentary on 'Box' is good enough to again support the LionsGate - it may be slightly zoomed-in in spots but it is not hazy enough to make an extravagant difference on most systems.     

****

The image is quite good on this Mega Star DVD - progressive - anamorphic - great colors - I don't see any excessive manipulations. The DVD has no extras and is bare bones but the DVD appears to be temporarily sold-out on YesAsia. I also need to investigate whether the 'Dumplings' version on this DVD is the uncut one.

NOTE: I purchased this version of Three Extremes and the segment 'Dumplings' is the short version. Mega Star released a DVD of the uncut version HERE. (Thanks Anthony)

 For those keen on these films (or the directors) - it might be prudent to wait for the 2-disc LionsGate version that we will compare to this one as soon as we can (it comes out very soon).

Gary W. Tooze

 


DVD Menus

 

Tartan - Region 2- PAL
 


 (Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC RIGHT)

 

 

 

Disc 2 of LionsGate

 


Screen Captures

 

Fruit Chan's - Dumplings

 

Subtitle Sample

 

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Screen Captures

 

 (Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 

 


(Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 

 


Takashi Miike's - Box

 

 (Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 

 


 

(Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 


(Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 

 


Chan-wook Park's  Cut

 

(Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 

 


(Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 


 (Tartan - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC MIDDLE vs. LionsGate - Region 1- NTSC BOTTOM)

 

 


DVD Box Cover

 

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Distribution

Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Mega Star - Region 0 - NTSC Lionsgate - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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