Originally Posted by raynist
I got the Indian version from eBay. The 3D version only has DD 5.1. I actually watched he regular blu ray that came with it and the sound was horrible. It seemed to be recorded way loud as we usually listen at -12 and had to listen to this at -20. It also sounded like there was a lot of clipping in action scenes and modulation when people talked. It was really horrible and distracting. I put the 3D version in and it sounded much better although only DD 5.1.
I may have to look for the Hong Kong version. This was the first time I had an issue with an Indian version. I have bought 5-7 others.
I have to say this was NOT my experience at all with the India 3D release. The 3D disc has Dolby Digital 5.1 and the 2D disc has DTS 5.1. Both sound nearly identical, IMO. The volume level was normal here. I heard ZERO clipping or modulation. It sounded perfectly fine. The surround use was great, in fact (loads of surround material). I did think the mouth movements seemed slightly out of time (maybe 0.2-0.3 seconds) with the soundtrack sometimes (2D didn't have that issue at all, which is ironic since it's a lot easier to correct with KODI than the 3D Blu-Ray playing directly here).
The ONE thing I do NOT recommend this disc for is the (apparent) CENSORING that occurs at 1 hour 20 minutes and like 2 seconds. The guy at the peep show says something about time to take away (blank sound cut out) and then it shows Valerian's gun being taken away. I actually thought there was an error or a fingerprint on the disc or something. But when I tried the 2D disc there was actually a censoring "BEEP" sound at that exact point covering up whatever word was said. I'm guessing it was a "foul" euphemism or something, but censoring of a commercial Blu-Ray in English??? (I tried Hindi; there was no beep there). This isn't television for god's sake!
Come to think of it, I don't recall any real foul language in the entire movie. I mean is this standard practice for Indian Blu-Ray movie releases, to censor out foul language or something??? I assume the Asian release doesn't have something goofy like that, does it???
Otherwise, I thought the plot appeared awfully convoluted until the end when it was clear there was NOTHING convoluted about it at all and it was mostly a giant chase movie through space and space station. Still, the 3D had to be about the BEST I've ever seen and that's without a lot of pop-outs. The depth and clarity of this 3D was almost breathtaking! The depth seemed to go to infinity in many scenes. If anything, the 2D looked a lot faker (especially the opening planet and alien race which looked exactly like a video game). 3D seemed to help there somehow, although it still looked a bit fake even so.
The guy playing Valerian didn't strike me as a very good actor and oddly sounded a lot like Keanu Reeves! I guess if you sound like a wooden actor, you act like one too.
The girl seemed a bit better acting-wise, but maybe it was just because I found her oddly attractive looking despite the giant dark brown eyebrows that didn't match her bleach blonde hair (like a short blonde Brook Shields or something). Both seemed a bit young for the secret agent-like parts somehow (almost like teenagers compared to other people in the movie).
The ending left me wondering a few things about what the aliens just did (create a holodeck on the ship? I didn't see a planet except an apparent simulation and they needed 20Megaton "pearls" for THAT?) But the movie is definitely worth watching for the 3D. It was not nearly as entertaining in 2D, IMO, which makes it all the more a shame that it wasn't released in the US in 3D.