Distributor: Funimation.com/Hong Kong Connection
Languages: Mandarin Mono, English Dolby Digital Stereo
Run Time: 89 minutes
1 DVD with unfortunately no bonus features other than a handful of mixed-bag trailers
Release Date: August 2010
The Funimation DVD is the Celestial Pictures 1.85.1 widescreen transfer. The restoration ensures a clean, lush picture quality. The enhanced Mandarin Mono version nicely balances music, dialogue and effects, and the English subtitles are easily readable and error-free. The English dubbed version features a slightly louder dialogue track that diminishes background sounds. The dub translation is not acceptable. All dialogue about Buddhist beliefs is replaced with non-threatening Western pablum, and the Mandarin charm of the Three Holy Fools voices is lost. Viewing in Mandarin Mono with subtitles is therefore highly recommended.
The preliminary Funimation promotional reel cannot be skipped but can be fast-forwarded. The chapter selection pictures are numerous and small, making selection somewhat difficult but the main menu is simple and easily navigable.