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I hate to diss the release,...
on 30 April 2002
I was really excited when I heard that "Hrad Boiled" was finally being released in an uncut widescreen version on DVD. Before I had seen some fairly bad versions of the film, including a horribly cur German version, and I was looking forward to finally getting a pristine copy with all the action, all the blood and all the dialogue that the director intended. However, when I finally got round to buying it, I felt a bit let down. I still love the film, but on a technical level, this release is pretty terrible.
The picture quality is pretty terrible. showing all the flickers, scratches and traces of torn film (!) of the master, the sound-quality is hardly using the Stereo and there is only a minimum of chapter stops. All this could be relatively easily forgiven, but it does come in addition to the fact that you have no choice but to live with some burned-in subtitles of dubious translation and a pretty bad picture format.
A retranslation and proper digital subtitles would have been nicer and the possibility to choose between original and dubbed version.
However, this is still the best version of the film available in Britain and the film as such remains one of Woo's best.