Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Mission VCD Extra Subtitles


I'm not sure what prompted me to do it, but the other day I gave the Mei Ah vcd of Johnnie To's The Mission a spin. This vcd was how I saw the film for the first time, and I haven't watched it on this format ever since, so I was surprised to see that it contains subtitles not present in any of the dvd versions I've ever seen. As you will see in the screenshots below, these are timed with the opening sequence in which the characters played by Lam Suet, Anthony Wong and Roy Cheung are introduced.











The subtitles on vcd releases were usually the same ones featured on the film's theatrical prints, so does anyone remember if they were present when the movie played in Hong Kong's cinemas? I've seen the film theatrically, but I was feeling such euphoria at seeing it on the big screen that I can't remember if they were present or not. I'm guessing not as I'm sure I would have noticed, but then again...

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