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Phantom Lover, The (Ye Ban Ge Sheng)

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Leslie Cheung, Jacqueline Wu Chien Lien, Huang Lui, Liu Lin, Bow Fong, Roy Szeto & Huang Lei

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
This two-disc set includes two audio commentary tracks (director Ronny Yu and Cinematographer Peter Pau), the isolated score, a 25-minute making-of documentary (the box lists three; there is only one: in three different languages), two slideshow-style stills gallery, cast and crew biographies, the theatrical trailer and bonus trailers for other Ronny Yu films, and menus so slow you could run out for dim sum before your selection is activated.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Tai Seng Video
(Catalog Number): 78324
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $34.95
(DVD Type): DVD-9 (Movie)/DVD-5 (Bonus Features)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/13/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Ronny Yu
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Phantom Lover gets the basis of its story from Gaston Leroux

DVD Picture:
The windowboxed 2.15:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced and exhibits a picture that opens with severely desaturated, yet appealing, hues that appear almost black-and-white. Other scenes exhibit good color balance, though hues appear to be just shy of full saturation throughout. Blacks are slightly weak. Images are generally sharp, but fine details are limited and alaising problems are noticed throughout. Pixelization and shimmering details create a

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is lively and palatably spacious. The elements contributing to the multidimensional nature of the mix aren