(aka 'Huozhe' or 'To Live', 'Lifetimes', 'Leben!', 'Vivre!')

 

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China  1994

"Not unlike Abbas Kiarostami’s films, the simplicity and elegance portray many hidden themes that hit with deep and lasting impact. Addiction, death, separation, birth, hardship, friendship, war, fortune are all explored with an adept level of un-cloying sentimental balance."

- Gary W. Tooze from his review HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 18th, 1994 - France

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DVD Comparison

ERA Home Video NTSC (Taiwan) Region 0 - NTSC vs. MGM Region 1 - NTSC

(ERA - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT, MGM - Region 1- NTSC - LEFT)

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Distribution ERA Home Video
Region 0 (Taiwan)
MGM
Region 1 (US)
Runtime 2:06:36 2:12:20 
 

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

BitRate ERA

MGM

Video 1.69:1/4:3 Letterboxed WideScreen
Average Bitrate: 4.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.78:1/16:9 
Average Bitrate: 7.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround  Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround 
Subtitles Traditional Chinese, English (removable) English, Spanish, French, none.
Features • Filmographies (in Chinese only) • Anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer (01:44)
DVD Release Date: 3rd quarter 1998
Keep Case
Chapters: 9
DVD Release Date: July 1st, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 20
Comment Compared to the digitally manipulated, vertically squeezed ERA transfer, the MGM looks far superior. It is sharper. The colors seem more real and muted in direct contrast to the obvious brightness boosting of the ERA. Both versions appear slightly cropped in various situations. I haven't been able to determine exactly where the missing 6 minutes from the ERA title are, unless it was taken from a PAL source and the speed not compensated (it looks to be about 4%). Skin tones in the MGM look a little red to me and I am still hoping for a better release for this masterpiece film with some substantial Extras (as opposed to just a trailer on the MGM). The MGM DVD is the obvious choice, but it still does not meet the deserved expectations that this fine film should be treated to.   

 Gary Tooze

 

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Distribution ERA Home Video
Region 0 (Taiwan)
MGM
Region 1 (US)
 

 

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Extras: -
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