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I Love Maria


Manufacturer: Universe

Region: 0 (all regions)

Price: $20

Running time: 96 mins.

Sound: Dolby 5.1

Format: widescreen

Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin

Subtitles: Chinese, English, Indonesian

Talent files: Sally Yeh, John Shum, Tusi Hark, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Trailers: "I Love Maria", "Saga of the Phoenix" and "Legend of the Dragon"

Other extras: none

This is a fairly poor DVD. The picture is a bit washed out and there are scratches in places, but it's nothing horrible; the big problem comes with the ghosting in the night scenes, which gets downright irritating at times. Audiowise, the Dolby re-mix (which incorporates some parts from the "Roboforce" English version) has suitable bass and seperation, but it seems out of synch in parts. Of particular note is the trailer for the film, which shows a few bits not in the movie (like a scene with John Woo as a police commander) but even a little titdbit like this can't save this disc from becoming more than a "one-watch" -- this isn't total crap, but it's probably only worth a rental.

Note: when I tried to play the talent files and trailers on my DVD player, the disc went to the movie. It worked fine on my computer though.