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Born to be King

Manufacturer: Universe

Price: $25

Sound: Dolby 5.1

Format: widescreen

Languages: "international version" (Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese)

Subtitles: Chinese, English

Extras: trailer for the movie and and i hate you so; talent files for Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Hsu Chi, Gigi Lai, Peter Ho

A pretty good DVD, with nice picture quality and a tasty Dolby sound mix. HK companies seem to be catching up to US ones, at least in terms of picture/sound quality. The extras are the usual boring (and badly translated) stuff. I'm getting kind of tired of writing the same stuff for all these reviews, but HK companies seem dedicated to churning out these plain cookie-cutter DVDs, so there's really nothing new to discuss about them.

I should probably note that the disc did not play well on my Panasonic A105 -- the trailers would not play and the disc started crashing at around the 45-minute mark -- but it worked fine on a JBL player. The skinny around the newsgroups is that Panasonics do not play Region 0 discs well, but this is the first time I've had problems with any disc, Asian or otherwise. I don't know if the disc would prove to be problematic on other players (the reviews at The Asian DVD Guide have been positive), so your best bet would be to rent it first if at all possible.

Rating: **

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