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Old 02-11-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Hong Kong The Twilight Samurai

Panorama release with English subs. February 18 release date.

Yesasia Preorder:
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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Panorama release with English subs. It might also come on a BD50. February 18 release date.

Awesome!! It's about time!! Hope to see The Hidden Blade & Love & Honor released as well.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:51 PM   #3
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Awesome!! It's about time!! Hope to see The Hidden Blade & Love & Honor released as well.
I imagine Hidden Blade won't be too far behind as it is also a Panorama property in HK. Love & Honor was released by a different distributor on DVD in HK so there is more uncertainty with that one. I hope Panorama somehow got the rights to distribute the Blu-ray in HK.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:59 PM   #4
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Excellent News! Time to update my DVDs...
55" Panasonic Viera 1080p HD 3D Plasma TV, 320GB Playstation 3, Onkyo HT-S5300 7.1-Channel Home Theater

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Old 02-13-2011, 05:08 PM   #5
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Wonder when this will be listed in DDDHouse? Haven't ordered anything fm PlayAsia so I'm not too sure if I can rely on them.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:08 PM   #6
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Wonder when this will be listed in DDDHouse? Haven't ordered anything fm PlayAsia so I'm not too sure if I can rely on them.
They are pretty good. I've always been happy with PA's service. They are the only ones who have the option to ship in a box or a padded envelope and I like that for when I want a slipcover (or slipbox in the case of Panorama) to come in good shape.

DDDHouse now listing it.
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Old 02-15-2011, 07:57 PM   #7
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Waiting for reviews/comments on PQ/AQ, and it doesn't have to be stellar for me to pick this one up, just hoping it's not a hack job like Police Story and Once Upon a Time in China.
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Waiting for reviews/comments on PQ/AQ, and it doesn't have to be stellar for me to pick this one up, just hoping it's not a hack job like Police Story and Once Upon a Time in China.
This is not the same company who released PS and OATIC. This disc will likely be a port of the Japanese disc, which is a solid release.
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This is not the same company who released PS and OATIC. This disc will likely be a port of the Japanese disc, which is a solid release.
If that was the case I'm definitely importing this.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:36 PM   #10
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I own a lot of Panorama DVDs and most were interlaced transfers with semi-poor compression. How are the quality of their Blus?
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:37 PM   #11
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Got my copy today. I will hopefully watch it very soon. Sampled a few scenes and it looks very solid. Audio is Japanese TrueHD 5.1 (16bit). English subtitles appear to be very good. No extras. BD25.

It is Region A locked.

I uploaded the cover on its page.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:20 AM   #12
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If you could, let me know what you think of the subtitles after you get done watching the entire thing. Lemme know if there are any syntax errors or any of that jazz.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:22 PM   #13
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The subtitles are pretty good. Easy to follow. There were correct uses of question and exclamation points. Sentences were generally broken up by question marks, exclamation points, and periods. However, many of the single sentences did not end in period marks. Some ended in ellipsis and continued on, but would not finish with a period. Periods generally only came when someone said two separate sentences.

PQ was very good. Nice detail and color. The biggest problem however was the elevated black levels. This problem apparently plagued the Japanese HDDVD, and I assume the same transfer used for that was used for the Japanese Blu-ray and ergo the HK Blu-ray. Blacks would appear as more grayish than true black. I don't know if the problem is source related or a problem between Japanese and US TV settings. I will try later on to play around with the settings on my PC to see if I can get anywhere near truer blacks.

Edit- I just saw an Amazon JP post for the HDDVD that says the black level being poor can be attributed to the way the film was shot.

AQ was very solid. Dialogue is clear and it packs a punch at certain parts.

I would recommend this disc highly. I don't see Tartan UK or First Look US releasing a version anytime soon. The disc is solid despite the elevated black levels.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:02 AM   #14
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Glad to have found this thread. Thanks for your comments on the release, AnimeOnBlu. I think I'll pick it up now. It's gotta be better than the burned-in subtitled DVD version.
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Would someone post some screens from this blu-ray? I haven't seen any anywhere.
One of my favorite movies. I'm wondering if this has the same black level as the 'Twilight Time Movies' blu-ray release.
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:50 AM   #16
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I haven't seen any caps of the HK release, but reviews of the U.S. release universally note the weak black levels, and Twilight Time themselves have said that their version looks the same as the HK release. Given that the HK Blu can be had for less than half the price of Twilight Time's, I would say there's no reason to go with the U.S. disc unless you really want that isolated score.
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The HK disc doesn't have any true blacks either but I don't think it's quite as bright as the TT release. I can't say for sure as it's been some time since watching it. But I do have the disc here somewhere, so I'll double check. Just need to find it first...

Edit: Actually, caps-a-holic already has a comparison up between the releases. Well, according to the screens, my assumption was correct.

For what it's worth, I do know that the HK release has had some DNR applied to it compared to the Japanese disc. Otherwise, when it comes to the gamma levels and color saturation, it's the same.

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