Crouching Tiger - Changing Specification (for the worse)
Bad news for those of you still waiting to get your hands on a shiny new copy of the Region 3 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon better get your skates on. Confirmation has now come through that all new batches of this release will drop the English subtitles and dub in order to prevent those of us in English speaking countries from getting hold of it before Columbia Tristar feel we should.
So out goes free trade, and the studio's grip continues to tighten. This does of course mean that soon we'll be seeing the various auction sites overloaded with English-enabled discs at stupid prices.
If you have the disc on pre-order, we advise you to contact your vendor to see how you stand. The current batch has almost completely run dry so chances are that it's going to be very difficult to locate any remaining copies.
The Region 1 disc has yet to be announced - although Columbia have confirmed that it will feature an additional making-of featurette as something of a sweetener...
Thanks to Neil Jenkins over at Bullets and Babes for the tip off.