Yup. The aspect ratio is not correct and is distorted on my system. Just note that I am in the U.S. with a NTSC setup and a MALATA N996, so this DVD might be giving the player a hiccup.
While watching this DVD, I found the aspect ratio to be wider than normal for a 2.35:1 film and now I know why. The image has been vertically squished, making everything a little too short and fat. After comparing this DVD to the Media Asia transfer, the Japanese transfer and the U.S. transfer, I was 90% positive of this. But I thought maybe it was my Malata N996â€™s PAL to NTSC conversion. So I put the DVD into my DVD Rom drive and low and behold, the distortion is there.
2nd UPDATE: HOWEVER, some in Europe say they are not seeing this distortion, so we have a case here of pure PAL equipment showing the film properly, but NTSC DVD decks or DVD ROM drives having a conversion problem. So HKL may not be to blame here.
Those of you with the MALATA N996 or other DVD players with X-Y scaling capabilities will be OK. I was able to correct the aspect ratio with the XY feature by raising the vertical height by just 3 clicks (hit â€œFeatureâ€ on the remote, go to X-Y Scaling and then hit the UP Arrow 3 times).
For the record, this is the second Hong Kong Legend DVD to have a problem like this. MAGNIFICENT BUTCHER has the opposite distortion, with the image too tall, causing me to use the X-Y scaling to lower the vertical height by 3 or 4 clicks. Again, those reporting this do not have pue PAL equipment, so HKL may not be to blame.
None of their other DVD's show this problem.
[This message has been edited by Matt_Stevens (edited 10-02-2001).]