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My Lucky Stars

original title: Fuk sing go jiu

Comparison:

  • Regular Version
  • Japanese Version (Blu-ray New Edition)
Release: Dec 13, 2015 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the Regular Version (German Blu-ray) and the Japanese Version (new Japanese Blu-ray from 2014)


1 difference

Length difference: 25 sec
* Additional Footage Japanese Version: 125 sec (= 2:05 min)
* Additional Footage Regular Version: 100 sec (= 1:40 min)



Background


My Lucky Stars is actually the second installment of the popular Lucky Stars series in which Jackie Chan has also a small part. Consequently, his name was used as crowd puller.
In a few countries, a slightly shorter version only lacking the end credits scene was released. Other than that, the uncut Hong Kong Version is the most distributed version. For that reason, this version is called "Regular Version" for this comparison.

As you know, Jackie Chan flicks almost always contain outtakes during the end credits since the mid-80s. The Lucky Stars series is the exception of the rule. Even the old Japanese Blu-ray of Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars proved that are in fact outtakes which were shown in that very (old) Japanese Version (please see the comparison). As the Blu-ray New Edition Box released on 12/24/2014 with all 3 installments of the Lucky Stars series shows, that was not it: In this box, "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars" an actual montage with outtakes, the TWO other installments have their own outtakes as well.

Also unique in this box is the fact that all 3 installments are being presented in True HD while the Regular Versions are worldwide available only as SD Upscale - based on the Fortune Star masters. Admittedly, the HD masters are not that impressive: there are lots of small tears, it is a little dark plus there are hardcoded Japanese subs. English audio or subs are NOT available which makes this release only interesting for die-hard fans. But it ain't over until the fat lady sings. Maybe, there will be other HD releases in the future.



The Version


Contrary to the two other installments, the movie itself is uncensored. Compared to the Regular Version, there are no differencecs whatsoever. But while the Regular Version presents the end credits with a freeze frame of the Lucky Stars in the background, the Japanese Version cuts to its own outtakes montage. Several shots are already known from the long Japanese outtakes montage from "Winners & Sinners" and "Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars" but there are several moments EXCLUSIVELY in this version. On that note: Versionwise, this is the most unspectacular installment but still essential if one intends to have seen any single NG shot.

Whether or not all that justifies importing the box or the three single releases (released at the same time) is for you to decide. As already mentioned, it is more a fan thing - but eiter way, the pure existence of such an alternate version is rather curious.

Last but not least: HERE a few uncompressed screenshots of the Japanese HD master.



Time index refers to
German Blu-ray (Regular Version) / Japanese Blu-ray New Edition (Japanese Version)
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Logos / Credits

Before the identical Golden Harvest logo, the German Blu-ray contains a few more logos while the new Japanese Blu-ray contains a text in Japanese instead.

German Blu-ray 40.1 sec longer

Regular Version (German Blu-ray)New Japanese Blu-ray




Credits
95:25-97:05 / 94:45-96:50

Both versions contains basically identical end credits but the footage in the background is different. While the Regular Version sticks to the freeze frame of Jackie & the Lucky Stars, the Japanese Version shows outtakes for a few seconds.
The song in the background is another one as well and it is completely missing in the Regular Version.

Since the course of events is more interesting in the Japanese Version, there are more screenshots to illustrate just that. Lengthwise, both versions are almost equally long.

Japanese Version 25 sec longer

Regular Version (German Blu-ray)New Japanese Blu-ray





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