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« #15 : January 25, 2021, 11:20:53 PM »

WKW: "With Fallen Angels, I have changed the format to cinemascope, because it was originally what I had intended to release the film in. When we were cutting the film, we accidentally turned the Steenbeck on anamorphic instead of standard. I felt that the film looked much more interesting because it enhanced the distance of the characters on top of the extreme wide angle that we shot on. Back then, it was impossible to shoot a film in standard and release it in anamorphic. With this restoration, we have successfully fulfilled this wish."
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare7/fallenangels.htm

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« #16 : January 28, 2021, 03:59:00 PM »

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film9/blu-ray_review_134/2046_blu-ray.htm

Looks like this is the one on which he fucked up the colors least, an acknowledgement, perhaps,  that they were already fucked up enough to begin with.

Anyway, it's pretty obvious that this is not a set for someone with a casual interest in WKW, and it's certainly not a set that can replace previous home video versions of the films. This set is for people who already have all the films in other editions and want to experience the films they know differently.



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« #17 : February 04, 2021, 09:12:46 AM »

An interesting blog: https://wong-kar-wais-love-odysseys.blogspot.com/



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« #18 : March 06, 2021, 05:08:04 PM »

WKW: "With Fallen Angels, I have changed the format to cinemascope, because it was originally what I had intended to release the film in. When we were cutting the film, we accidentally turned the Steenbeck on anamorphic instead of standard. I felt that the film looked much more interesting because it enhanced the distance of the characters on top of the extreme wide angle that we shot on. Back then, it was impossible to shoot a film in standard and release it in anamorphic. With this restoration, we have successfully fulfilled this wish."
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare7/fallenangels.htm
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As you can tell from the screencaptures that are provided with our review, the film has been substantially reframed while it was redone in 4K. The entire makeover was completed under the supervision of director Wong Kar Wai, but I think that the end result is seriously underwhelming because the composition of many shots and in some cases even short sequences simply does not look right. Are the discrepancies between the 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 visuals that obvious? Yes. You don't even have to have a previous experience with the film to be able to tell that often times the visuals do not look convincing -- sometimes there is information in the peripherals that looks incomplete, and sometimes close-ups simply appear cropped. [ . . . ] This being said, the film is heavily stylized and select sequences can create the impression that the awkward visual balance is intended, but elsewhere there are still plenty of undeniable signs pointing to missing visual information.

The color scheme is very nice and there are quite a few sequences where the lushness and overall balance of the primary colors is superior now. The most notable improvements are in areas where brightness levels are adjusted. Darker areas with plenty of shadow nuances reveal superior balance as well. There are no traces of problematic digital work. However, similar to the other releases in the World of Wong Kar Wai box set, there are compression anomalies that could have been avoided. The stylization hides them very well -- often as successfully as it did on the As Tears Go By release -- but on a larger screen select static close-ups begin to look problematic.
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Fallen-Angels-Blu-ray/260114/#Review

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« #19 : March 19, 2021, 08:57:15 AM »

https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Chungking-Express-Blu-ray/202714/#Review



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« #20 : May 26, 2021, 02:24:05 PM »

The final damning nail in the coffin (from a poster at Criterion Forum):
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I think one of the biggest specific failures of this boxset aside from the Fallen Angels aspect ratio, is that Chungking Express seems to be sped up. Try to sync up the new disc with any of the other BDs, and it won't stay in sync. Also, the audio (music, dialogue, and all sounds) are pitched up as a result.



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« #21 : August 12, 2022, 06:34:27 AM »

You can't even trust 35mm screenings anymore: https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/mood-love



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« #22 : January 19, 2024, 07:49:40 PM »

I guess ITMFL will live forever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg79x1APu-E



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