I have 2 DVD's of Ju Dou. Both have the companies "Razor Digital Entertainment" and "Magic Play Entertainment" on the DVD. Both have the date 2005 printed on the copyright info on the disk. The first one I got from the video store and the second I received from Netflix.
However, the one from Netflix is 1.33:1 while the one from the video store is either 1.85:1 or 1.66:1. The strange thing is that both DVD's show the proper width of the picture. The 1.33:1 version does not punch in to cut off the sides of the frame like many "full screen" versions of films do. Instead, it removes the top and bottom matte and reveals more of the picture from top to bottom. I'm assuming that the film was not shot anamorphic so the "widescreen" version was originally just a matte of the full 35 mm frame.
Further perplexing is that the 1.33:1 version from Netflix has a slightly different English translation. It may not seem like much but the changes do reveal more character traits and in some cases actually change the intent of a character's line.
AND, here's the kicker... the same 1.33:1 version from Netflix also has an added minute of dialogue when Ju Dou and Tian-qing are together in the cave at the end where the dye is stored.
Can I safely say the 1.33:1 version is the right one? I compared two versions and that one even seems to be wider so...
And I just really want to watch the movie in the intended way...