Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Uncut DVD of 'Lust, Caution' on Sale Now!

Jan 1, 2008 – The much-awaited pirated DVD of Ang Lee’s steamy spy drama, “Lust, Caution”, has hit the streets of major towns – three months after the movie’s release on 27 September last year.

The local cinema release, which had about 12 minutes of its torrid sex scenes snipped off, had been a disappointment for movie-goers who had read about the love scenes following the movie’s screening at the Venice Film Festival last year. It is learnt that since its release in Malaysia, pirated DVD dealers were inundated with requests for the original uncut version.

Cover of the DVD

One illegal disc pedlar in Petaling Jaya said pirated DVDs of a censored version (142 minutes) was available last November. “Since most of our customers were asking for the uncut version, we were careful to tell them that it was the censored version and that the ‘original’ one was not yet available – until now,” he said, adding that copies of the uncensored film were selling well, especially to regular customers.

One of his customers, who had seen the DVD of the uncut movie, said: “The DVD has all the reported sex scenes intact. Some of them look like scenes from a softporn flick, complete with pubic hair. However, it is not for those who do not understand Mandarin as the subtitles in the disc were really crap. It was apparently a rush job and the guy or guys who did the translation must have (excreta) for brains because most of the subtitles do not make sense. Also, there were no subtitles on the main print.”

The customer, who declined to be identified, added that the image quality of the DVD was “acceptable” but the sound quality of the 157-minute film was poor. “After watching the movie in the cinema, I was very curious to see what was censored from the original version. I found that Ang Lee was even more controversial here than in his “Brokeback Mountain” where he dealt with gay issues. In ‘Lust, Caution’ he pushed even further the boundaries of acceptable sex in the mainstream cinema,” he said.


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