Ashes of Time

Ashes of Time

Director: Wong Kar-Wai Cast: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung
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Ashes of Time

Ashes of Time is an early masterpiece from director Wong Kar-Wai. The same cannot be said for this DVD edition. The video quality is appalling; it's worse than a tenth-generation VHS tape. Grain, blurriness, and distortion lay waste to Christopher Doyle's marvelous cinematography. The presentation is also too dark and ruined by an oversaturation of color. Subtitles are placed in the massive lower black bar, which cuts off the lower part of the image; the actors' mouths are frequently obscured by the bar, as are key elements in action sequences. The sound is reduced to a tinny mess with no dynamic range, as it's far too high-pitched. The subtitles are frequently awkward, suffering from a weak translation. Further, words linger on the screen far too long after the characters have spoken their dialogue. The included trailer would be a stylish treat were it not for the cheap titles and similarly horrible transfer quality. The "Scene Selections" feature is symbolic of the overall shoddy production quality; the 95-minute movie is broken into only five chapters, and "Show Start" and "End Credits" take up two of them. The menu gives access to the chapters via chapter number and title. A beautiful, poetic film by a cinematic master has been reduced to a pathetic shambles.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/1998
UPC: 0639518600121
Original Release: 1994
Rating: NR
Source: Cav Distribution
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:35:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brigitte Lin Mu-Rong Yang,Mu-Rong Yin
Leslie Cheung Ou-yang Feng
Maggie Cheung The Woman
Jacky Cheung Hung Chi
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Blind Swordsman
Tony Leung Kar-Fai Huang Yao-shi
Carina Liu Peach Blossom
Bai Li Hung Chi's Wife
Charlie Yeung Young Girl

Technical Credits
Wong Kar-Wai Director,Screenwriter
Frankie Chan Score Composer
William Chang Costumes/Costume Designer,Editor,Production Designer
Kwong Chi-Leung Editor
Christopher Doyle Cinematographer
Luk Ha-Fong Costumes/Costume Designer
Shu Kei Associate Producer
Hai Kit-Wai Editor
Jeffrey Lau Producer
Norman Law Producer
Leung Lik-chi Musical Direction/Supervision
Chui Siu Ming Producer
Jacky Pang Producer
Sammo Hung Action Director
Tsai Sung-Lin Producer
Patrick Tam Editor
Leung Tat Musical Direction/Supervision
Yang Zhanjia Art Director
Chen Zhigu Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Show Start [21:34]
2. "I Can Kill Your Brother" [23:35]
3. "Can You Still See" [29:32]
4. The Journey Continues [1:13]
5. End Credits [20:28]

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Ashes of Time 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although ''Ashes of Time'' is an incredible movie, this is a terrible quality DVD. I was suspect upon looking at the packaging, and even more so upon viewing the menu page; both appeared to be quite cheap. However, I was horrified when I began to play the film. The picture appears to be a copy of a video. The audio sounds like it was taken from a condensor microphone. And, most annoyingly, the background for the subtitles is grey and cuts off the bottom part of the screen! This gives it a look of being faux ''letter-boxed'', but often causes the characters mouths to be missing. I've seen the movie a number of times in theatres, so I know that none of these problems come from the film itself. I expected better quality than something I could buy on a street corner for $5.00!