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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Rebels of the Neon God" or "Qing shao nian nuo zha" )

 

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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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Comparison:

Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC vs. REMASTERED (part of Tsai Ming Liang Collection) Sony Music (TW) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Sony Music - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMASTERED and sold as part of the Tsai Ming Liang Collection: Rebels Of The Neon God / The River / Vive L'amour

North Americans:

Rest of World:

Distribution

Wellspring

Region 1 - NTSC

Big World Pictures
Region 0 - NTSC
REMASTERED (part of Tsai Ming Liang Collection) Sony Music Entertainment (TW) - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:41:45 1:47:00 1:46:56.583
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

Disc Size: 21,018,349,252 bytes

Feature Size: 19,154,368,512 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 AVC 24fps / 1080P

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

Bitrate:

 

Wellspring

 

Bitrate:

 

Big World Pictures

 

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

Audio Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Mandarin Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

LPCM Audio Chinese 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles English, none English (burnt-in) English, Traditional Chinese none
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

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Music Entertainment (TW)

Disc Size: 21,018,349,252 bytes

Feature Size: 19,154,368,512 bytes

Average Bitrate: 21.00 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 AVC 24fps / 1080P

Edition Details:

• Behind the Scenes (6:14 in Chinese - optional English subtitles)
• Book

Blu-ray Release Date: May 27th, 2015
Custom Blu-ray Case (see photos)
Chapters: 6

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: REMASTERED (part of Tsai Ming Liang Collection) Sony Music Entertainment (TW) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - (March 2016) - Short story - since Big World's DVD came out last year (2015) this is the least dramatic, comparative, improvement by the Blu-ray. It's AVC, 1080P shows grain, good colors and a little depth. It is in the 1.85:1 and linear PCM uncompressed audio - like all the Tsai Ming Liang Collection Blu-rays (Rebels Of The Neon God / The River / Vive L'amour.) It's totally English-friendly - menus, subtitles on both feature and supplement (a 6 minute conversation with Tsai - and some clips) and the impressive book has minimal text - but also English when listing the films and some cool (what appears to be mock films cells - see photo below). Not my favorite film from the director (would REALLY have liked The Hole) but this package is recommended since we have suffered so long with ineffectual SDs. Like watching the film for the first time...

***

ON THE DVD: 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

 

Tsai Ming Liang Collection: Rebels Of The Neon God / The River / Vive L'amour (Blu-ray) (Remastered Edition) - Region FREE - Blu-ray Package with Book

 

 


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

 
 

 

Sony Music Entertainment (TW) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 


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Screen Captures

 

1) Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Sony Music - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

Subtitle sample


1) Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Sony Music - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Sony Music - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Sony Music - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Sony Music - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Wellspring - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Big World Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Sony Music - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 

 

Box Covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMASTERED and sold as part of the Tsai Ming Liang Collection: Rebels Of The Neon God / The River / Vive L'amour

North Americans:

Rest of World:

Distribution

Wellspring

Region 1 - NTSC

Big World Pictures
Region 0 - NTSC
REMASTERED (part of Tsai Ming Liang Collection) Sony Music Entertainment (TW) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray (with book and 2 other films)
 



 

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