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Raise the Red Lantern-Mandarin

1.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Zhang Yimou, He Saifei, Cao Cuifeng, Ma Jingwu, Gong Li
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Razor Digital Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 1 2007
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000BBOU5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,862 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou) directed this fascinating, visually formal 1991 film about an educated woman (Gong Li) who is sent off to become the newest wife of a feudal nobleman in 1920s China. Nearly isolated in his spooky, palatial home, she develops relationships with several of the other wives and slowly becomes aware of a hideous legacy of punishment toward more willful women. The film has a brittle and dry quality that is deliberate, but also suggestive of Zhang working through various explorations of his own style (which he resolved in his next film, The Story of Qiu Ju). Gong Li, one of the world's great actresses, is superb. --Tom Keogh

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This is a beautiful film, amazing, touching, moving and unique in many ways. But this is one of the WORST DVD releases I have ever seen. I know it's hard to get foreign language films, especially ones so removed from Western Cinema released in the West, but this dvd was atrocious.
It had the worst transfer, the film looked horrible, the quality was insulting to such a great film. The subtitles were few and far between, MAJOR dialogues are missing and even the title is mistranslated! How this could EVER be a mainstream DVD release I will never know but DO NOT PURCHASE IT, it will only make you cry a bit at the injustice this release has done for the film.
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This is a wonderful, spectacular movie, one of my favourites, but this particular distributor has butchered it horribly. The video picture is mediocre quality, and whoever subtitled it obviously doesn't speak English, couldn't spell "cat" without a dictionary, and was likely drunk at the time. I highly recommend owning this movie - but not this DVD release of it. I've heard that the MGM release is a million times better, and it's next on my purchase list.
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Awesome, 5-star movie, but be warned if you expect a prestine copy. If you're a true cinephile and you're collecting, wait for a proper edition. It's really a shame such a scratched-up and poorly translated version is being sold. Insulting, really, because it's such a beautiful film and deserving of proper reverence.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2ef66b4) out of 5 stars 86 reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e2b114) out of 5 stars A response from the distributor March 10 2006
By Ann M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was so upset about this DVD that I wrote to the distributor, and I've posted their reply here for everyone to read. They claim that they haven't gotten any other negative comments about the DVD (I doubt that) and I wrote them back and informed them about the 92 one-star reviews here on Amazon.com. Please write them and express your dissatisfaction with this DVD! Here is their response (sounds like making a lot of excuses to me):

This is Shelley Praamsma, our company, MagicPlay, has the privilege from Chinese filmmakers to re-release "Raise Red Lantern" on DVD again.

I am so sorry to hear that the video quality of "Raise Red Lantern" is somewhat a disappointment to you and perhaps to others who didn't share their comments with us. I would like to take this opportunity to express our apology as well as to explain and hopefully you will continue to love indi / foreign films and continue to support our efforts in bringing more foreign programs to you.

Yes, you are all very sharp recognized the video quality isn't good. It was a huge frustration for us to bring "Raise Red Lantern" onto DVD with an understanding that we may receive negative reviews toward this program, because the current licensor couldn't provide good quality of the master. However, we, ourselves, are the big fans for Gong Li, Zhang Yimou and have the privilege and the responsibility to make this program possible to consumers.

It is shame that there aren't "Good Quality" masters of "Raise Red Lantern" currently in the procession of Chinese licensors. It is no longer a problem of poor transfer, it simply a problem by worn master. We have gone through all the film prints and Beta kept in Chinese studio, they are all overplayed and have way too many more passes used on the film print than worth of keeping.

Even the VHS version released by Orion (MGM) and various DVD versions ever released in different labels, they all had poor video quality.

By this time when we re-issue "Raise the Red Lantern" again, the Beta master has already been worn. Chinese filmmakers wish to release "Raise Red Lantern" and make it available to consumers outside of Asia. We felt passionate to re-treat the film print and make it possible to consumers.

Sad to say that all the film have been prints kept in Chinese studio are also in poor conditions because of lacking temperature control and had way too may passes. We did the best we could to have film transferred onto beta, then compressed onto DVD. Unfortunately, the video quality can't be improved much.

At this time, we are checking in other country such as Japan or Europe if we could locate another film print or Beta whose video quality is better than what Chinese studio could provide. So that we could transfer the video and re-create a new DVD master.

We will keep you posted with the searching progress and will send you a new DVD we could locate a better master in any possible way. I hope that you will share this with your friends who also like our Foreign Film catalogue and continue your supports to independent films. More importantly, we appreciate very much for your comments whether they are critiques or complements and hopefully your foreign film library will grow along with ours.

Thank you very much for your understanding and supports.

Kind Regards,

Shelley Praamsma

Business Director

MagicPlay Entertainment Corp. (WA location)

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Tel: (253) 858 2483 / (253) 310 4751

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e2b168) out of 5 stars I laughed (at the subtitles), I cried (at the transfer) ... March 16 2006
By J. Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I second the reviews below. This is a 5-star movie, but the quality of this transfer is horrible. Parts of the movie are very scratchy and full of film debris. Worst yet, to me, are the subtitles. They are laughable. Almost every subtitle contained some error. While it was (sorta) fun to laugh and the odd subtitles, that tended to remove me emotionally from the film. Too bad. The same comments apply to the "Ju-Dou" release from this same company.
63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e2b5a0) out of 5 stars Wonderful, beautiful movie - terrible DVD March 13 2006
By Tamarack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I must admit that I feel very hesitant to write a bad review for anything, it just isn't my style, but this DVD was so outrageously bad, I just can't help myself. This was a beautifully filmed and very captivating movie that I have waited for for years with very high anticipation to come out on DVD. I was so very excited when I preordered it, but alas, the picture quality is terrible, and filled with flaws as is the translation. I don't even know where to begin on how bad the translation on the subtitles are, but some of it is absolutely nonsensical to say the least. First of all the movie is set in the early part of the twentieth century, and it actually uses the word "groovy", and in a way that would make no sense even if you were in the correct era. There are many flaws in the sub-titles that were not in the VHS movie, such as words left out that should be there in order to make sense in English, and they have substituted the word "mister" instead of the original "master", and "savant" instead of the original "servant", overall just a very poor English translation I am sorry to say. I don't understand why they didn't just copy the translation word for word from the VHS tape?

I don't wish to discourage anyone from watching this movie, because I feel it is a must see movie, and in my eyes, a must own movie, but I would discourage anyone from buying this rendition of it on DVD. I truly hope it is made once again in a quality DVD version. I will be waiting!
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e2b588) out of 5 stars Great film, shockingly bad dvd June 11 2006
By The 14 Amazons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Raise The Lantern is a superb film by a very talented director, starring a wonderful lead actress. This DVD release (along with Ju Dou from the same company) is simply one of the worst DVDs I have ever seen - and I've seen some of the worst the format has to offer. How any company can justify releasing such a shoddy product is beyond me - it must take some effort to make the film look even worse than it does on VHS or the import from China. Amazon should refuse to sell it.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2e2ba44) out of 5 stars The Quality to DVD is Appalling! Aug. 27 2006
By T. Alanis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Raise the Red Lantern is a wonderful movie with a great story. When I had heard that this movie was going to be transfered to DVD format, I was thrilled. And then I bought the DVD, and to my dismay, within the first couple of minutes into the movie, there were white lines and distortion. Since I loved the movie so much, I thought I would make an exception for the first few minutes, but as the movie continued, so did the white lines. I could not believe what I was seeing. The DVD copy of this movie, reminded me of the old movies I use to see years ago, when there were only 7 channels on TV.

And not only is the visual appearance of this movie distorted so is the sound. It's very harsh and nasally.

I am on my way out the door to return this DVD and ask for a refund.