HELP CENTRE

This section helps you understand the terminology used in our catalogue.

Rating

This shows how good a movie is, in terms of its entertainment value.

5 - Undisputed Classic!
4 - Very Good - A film with this rating will have very good story, great fight scenes and no dull moments.
3 - Average - Film is weak in a certain area. For example, it may have great fighting but have an inferior story, or it may have too many dull moments, perhaps in the form of too much comedy etc..
2 - Below Average - Film either lacks in all areas, or has little or no martial arts. For example, a film with all special effects, containing no fight scenes may rank highly as a science fiction film, but as a martial arts film, would rank below average.
1 - Rubbish! Why bother, unless it's for the collection, or is driven by the passion for the director/actor/actress etc..


Format

Fullscreen or Widescreen - The shape of our TV screens are different to the shape of a cinema screen or video camera. For this reason, home movies can be shown in 2 different formats. Fullscreen (pan and scan) presentations are missing picture at the left and right side of your TV, but fill the entire screen.
Widescreen (letterbox) presentations mean that a film has borders at the top and bottom of the screen, but you are able to see more of the picture. This is because the height of the image has been reduced, in order to gain some missing width and keep the image in proportion.

Language - The language spoken in the film's soundtrack.

Subtitles - The language of the subtitles displayed at the bottom of the screen.

Time - Running time from the start of the opening credits, to the conclusion of the end credits (Hours : Minutes)


Quality

1 Excellent quality
2 Good quality
3 Average quality - Picture should still have strong colour and detail.
4 Noticable decrease in quality but will still be very watchable.
5
Poor quality - Film should to still be in colour, and have some detail, but subtitles may be hard to read for the inexperienced.
6 - 8
Film may be totally unwatchable and so is recommended for private collectors only. Please check comments for additional information. If anything you can always EMAIL us.


Comments

Contains additional information about the version of a film. Here are the most common examples:-

Language used as a master - Soundtrack has been dubbed onto another version that has superior picture quality. For example, "German version used as a master" means that an original German version containing superior picture quality has been used as a foundation for dubbing an English sountrack on top of it's image. NOTE:- film will have different levels of volume and some sound distractions, and may even desynchronise..

Cut - Version is known to be censored.

Uncut - Version is known to be uncensored.

Flickers B&W - Film changes between colour and black and white on a regular interval.

Action scenes from several episodes - Sample fight scenes edited together from a TV series.

Widest / Less Wide - Picture has bigger or smaller borders than other widescreen version(s).

Colour filter throughout - Picture is damaged and has a certain coloured hue stained throughout the print.

Jumpy - Picture shakes up and down.

Subtitles overlap English subtitles - This means that a set of subtitles (usually Korean) has been placed on top of original English subtitles, making them only partially visible.

Timecoded - Film has a timer at the bottom of the screen, throughout the film. Some people find this distractive.


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