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I see that there are several versions of Once Were Warriors on DVD. I am wondering which region has the best DVD? If you have an opinion, I'd like to read it, even if you can't compare to other regions. That's fine. The star of the film is Temuera Morrison, the same actor who played Jango Fett in Attack of The Clones.


I see there is an Australian R4, UK R2, French R2 SE (which includes the sequel and a documentary on Maori history and an interview with author Alan Duff) and an expensive NTSC import (presumably an R0) from Amazon. I'm wondering which DVD provides the best presentation. If you've seen any of these DVD's, I'd like your input. Thanks!
 

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At this point, I'd be happy just to know if the French R2 is anamorphic and has forced French subtitles. A link to a website that has that info would be just as welcome. Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the info, Jeroen. That's a shame about the forced subs. I had another French DVD (Lost Highway) and it also had forced French subtitles. That experience made me wary this time. Oh well. I know the R4 and R2 UK are both non-anamorphic and apparently the R4 is cropped on the sides.
 

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Larry,a man after my own heart,I too have been searching for a good version of this, one if not my favourite film of all time, just excellent acting,cinematography,etc - but hey I don`t need to tell you that!! Here in the U.K. we are stuck with a godawful 4.3 presentation,so bad I won`t even entertain the idea of it entering my collection,I foolishly got rid of the Criterion laser years ago,now that was a great disc with all the extras,and possibly the best commentary I have ever heard :eek: apparently after e-mailing Criterion I was told they no longer have the rights to this classic and are not considering chasing it up - shame.

Hopefully with Temueras part in the Clones thing it may be entertained by one of the companies,intact with all the extras and commentary - hey we can but hope :rolleyes:
 

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Jeroen,


It would be great if we could bypass forced subtitles on an HTPC. I don't know why it hasn't been done already.


bone daddy,


I knew I couldn't be the only guy interested in this film. It would be great if Criterion would get the rights back for a DVD release. I guess patience is a virtue. Hopefully the Jango Fett connection will ignite some interest.
 

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On a Pioneer player you can remove forced subtitles. The procedure is a bit tedious but it works. On my previous DVD player (a Mitsui clone) it was possible too.


With HTPC, last I knew was that Zoom Player allowed you to remove forced subtitles.


Regards.
 

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Larry,I have the australian r4 release coming on monday hopefully,will post when I have had a good look.
 

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There is also the Canadian release which I have. The picture quality is just okay. It says that it is 1:85:1 but I remember the Criterion LD had bigger black bars. So, I don't know if this (DVD) is the correct aspect ratio.



Here is a description I found of the disc:

http://www.dvdsoon.com/showtitledetails.xml?uid=31981


unfortunately their out of stock but Amazon.CA seems to still have it:

http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/tg/...350019-3911222


and so does VideoFlicks:

http://www.videoflicks.com/titles/10...AAAKUVXTRCUUUU


The links above do not show cover art but if you've seen the CD soundtrack it looks similar to the DVD cover for the Canadian release:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=music



As for the import one you found on the U.S. Amazon site it is actually the worst version to buy. It has forced Chinese subs on it and a really bad P&S transfer.


There are also two versions of the R4. I think they maybe the same disc but with two different covers. One similar to the old VHS cover:

http://www.aotearoalive.com/wakahuia...17&cat=&page=1


and the Australian release:

http://r1.au.rmi.yahoo.com/rmi/http:...%3ftarget=_top


I think both of the above are fullscreen.


Hope this info. helps
 

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Just arrived this morning Larry,and it`s not to bad,not to sure on the presentation - not 4.3 for sure, but not full animorphic 16.9 - kinda somewhere in the middle - showing thin black bars top and bottom/slightly larger at the bottom,picture quality is pretty good,bit of grain (due to film stock,more than transfer I would imagine) blacks seem nice and deep,and the 5.1 soundtrack seems o.k.

Extras are a couple of interviews I have not seen before/some promos for the music/trailer/etc - nothing too special,but o.k. and for the price you really can`t be too fussy,just good to be able to watch the film again,just flicking through the chapters brings goosebumps at Jake`s character going through the Uncle Bully scene at the end!!

From Ezydvd in Australia it works out on their currency converter to $7.47 for you,and all the discs I have had from them have taken 2-3 days to get to the U.K. - good supplier :)
 

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Bone daddy,


Your description of the R4 picture quality sounds exactly like the R1 Canadian release. If your DVD player has the zoom feature you can actually zoom down and notice there is more picture information on the sides.


BTW: Have you seen the sequel "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" I thought it was nice seeing some of the characters again but it comes somewhat short of the original. The one question that nags me is -- where the hell did that 4th son come from? In the original there were 3 brothers, two sisters and Toot.
 

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No haven`t caught the sequel,is it worth a view,must admit it would be nice to see the characters again.
 

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Thanks for the comments, bone daddy. I've bought from ezydvd.com and been very happy. Anamorphic or not, maybe I'll order it. The price is certainly cheap.


Thanks for the links, mrhan.
 

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No haven`t caught the sequel,is it worth a view,must admit it would be nice to see the characters again.
Yeah, it's worth a view. Too bad there aren't many places outside of Australia and New Zealand that would have it for rent. I broke down and ordered it from PlanetDVD a few months back. It doesn't hold up to the original but it does have better production values. The whole story focuses on Jake Heke.
 
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