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Once Upon a Time in China II (US version)

Manufacturer: Columbia

Price: $25

Sound: Dolby 5.1 (Chinese), Dolby 2.0 (English)

Format: widescreen

Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, English

Subtitles: French, Spanish, English

Extras: English version*, filmographies for Tsui Hark, Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan and Donnie Yen, trailers for the movie, "Once Upon a Time in China" boxset, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Miracles"

This disc is kind of a disappointment after some of Columbia's recent releases. The picture and sound are nice for the most part, but they're really not that much better than the HK version -- in fact, the dreaded "5.1 remix echo" is even present here. One major advantage that this has over the HK version is that the new yellow subtitles are very easy to read. However, that doesn't really justify much more than a rental when you can find an imported version (which has about the same transfer and extras) for cheaper.

* - The English version (which plays seperately from the Chinese version) is about a minute shorter and has a slightly different edit than the Chinese version.

Rating: **

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