Originally Posted by Kilian.ca
In the uncut version at 30'57 (in my R2 Japanese DVD) there should be four horses falling to the ground one after the other over the next 20s. On the UK PAL DVD and BD, only the first horse fell.
The first horse stunt happens at 31:14 on this copy. That may be due to different studio logos at the beginning. Yes, there are 4 horse falls, so it appears that this version is uncut.
1. the timing of the whole film as reported from the player. Someone said it is 119'09, which is shorter than the figure from BDInfo posted above.
The run time is 1:59:30 (119:30).
2. the subtitles - can they be disabled altogether?
Yes, you can choose no subtitles.
3. the extras compared to the US BD.
The French disc has most of the supplements from the R1 DVD (which has more than the American Blu-ray): a 45-minute making-of (SD, in Mandarin with English subtitles), storyboard comparisons, and still galleries. It also borrows a feature called "Site Visits" from the R3 DVD, which gives some (English) text info about the settings in the movie. It does not have the audio commentary. The packaging claims to have the "Lovers" music video, but I can't find it on the disc.
Well well well, the following instructions work on a BD-50, sort of.
It appears that these Uni releases can play on a BD30 Region A (does not work on PS3. Cannot confirm it works on other standalone players). This following works with HOFD.
1. Insert Disk
2. Movie will go to a black screen and will stay that way for 2 Minutes and then go back to the main BD Screen.
3. When it goes back to the BD Screen press 111 on the BD Remote.
4. Movie should load.
The problem is that this automatically plays the movie with the English dub (no subtitles) and the "Versions" menu doesn't function properly, so there's no way to change the audio or subtitle options. Trying to change the audio with the player doesn't work either. It's the dub or nothing.
Incidentally, the English and French dubs are both DTS-HD Mater Audio, but the original Mandarin track is DTS-HD High Resolution.
Edit: Hold on a second, I played around a little more, and I can
change the audio and subtitles through the player's menus (not through the disc menus). So, after everything, the disc can work in an American Blu-ray player, but it's kind of a pain in the neck.