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Old 10-05-2018, 02:23 PM   #21
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Sorry for the slow answers.
Battle Creek Brawl looks like it has a lot of DNR. Very smeary look, but possibly a little better resolution than older releases.

And Armour of God is cropped just like the UK release.

Wheels on Meals is definitely an improvement though! Sharp and colourful but could really use a better encode.

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Old 10-05-2018, 03:19 PM   #22
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The runtimes seem to match the back of the box.
Thanks. On another forum somebody posted that the AOG2 is the longer HK cut with new horrible dubbing, not the original with Jackie Chan himself dubbing. But this is good news for waiting other releases, at least it's the longer cut that has been restored.

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I also just noticed that at least Police Story has a little bit of windowboxing going on.
Really? That's odd.

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And Armour of God is cropped just like the UK release.
Hmm, do you mean the Mediumrare HD release? I didn't know about any cropping.

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Battle Creek Brawl looks like it has a lot of DNR. Very smeary look, but possibly a little better resolution than older releases.
Oh dear. Though what I have seen before on DVD, almost anything would be better. Maybe they (whoever it was) couldn't restore this movie better? I think I'll have to send the box back without opening it..
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:59 PM   #23
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Thanks. On another forum somebody posted that the AOG2 is the longer HK cut with new horrible dubbing, not the original with Jackie Chan himself dubbing. But this is good news for waiting other releases, at least it's the longer cut that has been restored.
Yeah, this one definitely doesn't have any dubbing from Jackie.

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Really? That's odd.
It's very subtle, but here it is: https://imgur.com/a/2ESDjgA

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Hmm, do you mean the Mediumrare HD release? I didn't know about any cropping.
Yeah, the Mediumrare is cropped: https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&...=67024&i=5&l=0

The Nonstop AOG2 looks good though.

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Oh dear. Though what I have seen before in DVD, almost anything would be better. Maybe they (whoever it was) couldn't restore this movie better? I think I'll have to send the box back without opening it..
Yeah i'm not sure if this is an old or new transfer, but the old one definitely looks grainier.

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Old 10-05-2018, 04:47 PM   #24
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The difference seems to come from aspect ratio change, the HK K&R original 1.85:1 and UK Mediumrare 1.78:1. The framing is also slightly different, the Mediumrare shows a little bit more on the top side.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:43 AM   #25
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Wheels on Meals is definitely an improvement though! Sharp and colourful but could really use a better encode.
So Wheels on Meals is a real HD version, not the old upscaled version from before? And does it have the original English dub?
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:53 AM   #26
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So Wheels on Meals is a real HD version, not the old upscaled version from before? And does it have the original English dub?
It at least looks way better than the caps on caps-a-holic.

I'm not sure, is there more than one English dub?
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:10 AM   #27
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It at least looks way better than the caps on caps-a-holic.

I'm not sure, is there more than one English dub?
Which caps on caps-a-holic?
This is the original English dub of the movie: Just removing the link to the youtube clip, in case I break any rules here :P

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Old 10-09-2018, 11:13 AM   #28
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Which caps on caps-a-holic?
This is the original English dub of the movie: Full Action/Martial Arts Film ll Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao ll Action Packed Movies - YouTube
It looks better than both of these: https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&...=52870&i=1&l=0

I'll check the dub when i get home.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:50 AM   #29
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I'm in the process of checking all out.

There seems to be an authoring problem with all of the discs, the DAR is botched on all videos.

This is how the movies are shown in my Potplayer software media player when the default setting of aspect ratio is set to "Default display AR (recommended)":



In order to show the movie properly, I need to change the setting to "Default original DAR". VLC plays the files ok with default settings. But something is wrong with the SAR/DAR in the videos.

Here's ffmpeg output for all:
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    Stream #0:0(eng): Video: mpeg2video (Main), yuv420p(tv), 1920x1080 [SAR 1:1
DAR 16:9], SAR 9:16 DAR 1:1, 24 fps, 24 tbr, 1k tbn
And yes, all of them are MPEG2 encoded. And every movie is only ~20-22 GB size, that's including the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:55 AM   #30
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Here's some pictures (will post more when done):

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Old 10-09-2018, 12:19 PM   #31
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:51 PM   #32
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Wheels on Meals doesn't look too bad, but still little hard to judge by the screenshots if it's real HD? Is this taken from the new 2k remastered print maybe?
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:13 PM   #33
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The Fortune Star copyright screens at the end of the movies state "2010, 2017", except Battle Creek Brawl has only "2010", Armour of God has "2010, 2015", and Police Story 2 has "2010, 2018". (I haven't checked AOG2 yet)

So yes, I think that they are proper HD restorations, dunno about BCB, maybe it really was restored ages ago but FS sat on the title for this long?! And judging from the copyright year, AOG is probably the same master that was released in the UK by Mediumrare (I haven't compared, yet).

I think that when viewing the screencaps I post here, one should consider that the encoding is MPEG2 and the bitrate is not that high, and it seems that grain is very low (varies a bit), BCB being the poorest of them all with obvious DNR and soft picture, probably also because it seem to have been restored way before these other titles.
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:22 PM   #34
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The Fortune Star copyright screens at the end of the movies state "2010, 2017", except Battle Creek Brawl has only "2010", Armour of God has "2010, 2015", and Police Story 2 has "2010, 2018". (I haven't checked AOG2 yet)

So yes, I think that they are proper HD restorations, dunno about BCB, maybe it really was restored ages ago but FS sat on the title for this long?! And judging from the copyright year, AOG is probably the same master that was released in the UK by Mediumrare (I haven't compared, yet).
Nice that Wheels on Meals is true HD. Did you check if Wheels has the original English dub also?

Personally even though this boxset seems to suck on many levels, the good thing for me is that it has Norwegian subtitles. It's rare these days to be able to get old JC movies in HD with Norwegian subs at least.
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:26 PM   #35
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israels promised to check that so I passed that, there's already so much work with checking all the titles, taking caps and comparing to other releases.
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israels promised to check that so I passed that, there's already so much work with checking all the titles, taking caps and comparing to other releases.
Ah ok then, just thought you might have listened to the audio while you were grabbing those Wheels screenshots, that's all. Then I am counting on you, israels
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Old 10-09-2018, 01:41 PM   #37
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:08 PM   #38
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Sorry Ken81, this is the dub on the disc: https://streamable.com/c4c1h
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:48 PM   #39
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Sorry Ken81, this is the dub on the disc: https://streamable.com/c4c1h
Thanks for checking. What a bummer that is, I was hoping at least they used the original English dub to justify my purchase of it in addition to the movies having Norwegian subs. But now I really have to reconsider. Something tells me that it is Fortune Star that has played a trick on them on this one. Either they said the original Canto tracks are not available or they charge an insane price for those tracks. Since they sell the boxset for only about US$ 20, it might also be that they dont want to pay for the original tracks, as they won't make a profit on the cheap seling price. Or another theory, they are just plain ignorant distributor
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:27 PM   #40
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Or another theory, they are just plain ignorant distributor
My money is on this.

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The Fortune Star copyright screens at the end of the movies state "2010, 2017", except Battle Creek Brawl has only "2010", Armour of God has "2010, 2015", and Police Story 2 has "2010, 2018". (I haven't checked AOG2 yet)
And Armour of God 2 is "2010, 2018", so it is very new restoration! Can't wait Eureka releasing AOG box.
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