Gorgeous - U.S./H.K. Differences
The American release of Gorgeous on DVD is presented by Columbia Tristar and,
luckily, includes the original Cantonese language track. There is also a dubbed
English track, but in addition to the fact that I just don't condone watching
dubbed versions, this is some of the worst dubbing I've heard in my life - bad
enough to ruin the entire film. Unfortunately, significant cuts have been made
to the film (22 minutes worth). To be fair, there are a couple additions and
changes for the better, also. The differences between the U.S. version and the
HK version are outlined below
HK DVD (Universe Laser and Video)
- Stars files
- Making of featurette (subtitled)
- Press Conference (not subtitled)
- Interviews with stars (subtitled)
- Music video for theme song
- Trailers for other attractions (King of Comedy, Hot War, Rush Hour)
- Languages: Cantonese 5.1, Mandarin 5.1 (dubbed)
- Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
U.S. DVD (Columbia Tristar)
- Star file for Jackie Chan
- Making of feature (english subtitled - same as on Universe disc)
- Music video for theme song
- Audio Commentary with Jackie Chan - interesting in some ways, but kind of
drags. Goes off on tangents rather than speaking about what is going on in
the film. Wouldn't rank as one of the better commentary tracks out there.
- Languages: Cantonese 5.1, English 5.1 (dubbed)
- Subtitles: English - based on dubs rather than a literal translation of
the original dialogue. Differ heavily from subs on Universe disc. Often lose
jokes that were retained by the subs on the Universe disc.
Cuts to U.S. version
- Early in the film at Bu's fathers karaoke bar. Bu's father asks her to get
beers for his friends. Her mother has her fill them partially with water because
they never pay for anything.
- Bu tells mother that her boyfriend proposed and they talk about what love
is really like. Her father falls asleep and a fly flies into his mouth.
- Bu is debating over whether to marry her boyfriend or travel to HK after
seeing Alberts letter. She asks the dolphins and the dolphins jump when she
holds up Albert's note.
- After Bu finds out albert is gay, he tries to get her to leave. They argue
over it for a bit and he actually kicks her out. He can't stand to see someone
cry and changes his mind. In the U.S. version, most of this is cut and the
subs/dubs have him say he'll make up the confusion to her by taking her out
with him, then it cuts to the photo shoot.
- Short segment after photos are taken. Bu complains of hunger and the photographers
tell them not to leave the hatch open or they'll expose the film.
- After CN and Bu are rescued, he is calling back about business and she goes
to leave on foot. He gets a car delivered to him and takes her with him, leaving
his assistant to go on foot.
- Bu is looking out of Albert's window at billboard with bottle. She says
its special and he says "So special that now I'm housing and feeding you"
- Bu's boyfriend is at airport to travel and look for Bu. Gets conned by some
people pretending to think he's Chow Yun Fat. They steal his bags.
- Stephen Chow cameo after baseball bat fight. He is a police man who has
come to find those who attacked them. His dog drags him down the street.
- Albert gets Bu ready for dinner with CN. Sends her to someone he knows to
get a dress. They then discuss how to act during dinner. She is to act kind
of snooty to fill the gangsters girlfriend part.
- Just before CN fights Alan, Alan asks LW to play music for him
- After Bu leaves, Gloria tells CN to go after her. He says "No".
- On plane home, Bu talks to a woman she saw on the plane on the way there.
She asks Bu if she brought anything home with her. She says she brought a
- After returning home, Bu talks to her mother. Her mother talks about how
love changes people. She tells Bu not to try forget CN too fast. Bu mentions
that she is interested in going to college. Albert and Bu's boyfriend show
up. Bu finally breaks up with her boyfriend. She then introduces Albert to
her mother and says he can be her adopted brother.
- Part of the scene where CN is facing Bu's father.
- Bu's ex-boyfriend seems upset, but then sees another pretty girl and is
excited that she lives nearby. Albert and CN's assistant hintingly nod at
Additions/Changes to U.S. version
- The mix of scenes during the movies theme song are different. This portion
still lasts as long as the HK version, though.
- Added scene: After Bu has left, Jackie is in his apartment with many of
his business associates. The phone rings and he grabs it away from his assistant
and answers "Yeah?" He then gives it to his assistant and says "It's for you".
His associates look at him strangely and he has an embarassed look for a second
before he walks off.
- The music mix during fight scenes is slightly different. Most of it is very
similar and based on the same music. The U.S. version just uses a different
mix. The U.S. version actually exceeds in this area. The U.S. music has a
better beat to it and seems to cue the onscreen action much better.