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    Also released in Region 4 by Hopscotch is a two-disc Special Edition. The first disc appears to be identical to the Ordinary Edition, while according to AV Channel's website the second disc contains:

  • Zhang Ziyi On Set (3 mins)
  • Zhang Ziyi Interview (12 mins)
  • Making of (37 mins)
  • Deleted Scenes (14 mins)
  • Australian Exclusive interview with Wong Kar-Wai (59 mins)
  • Casta Diva Music Video (7 mins)
  • 2003 Promo (7 mins)
  • Hong Kong Teaser
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

    The interviews are in English but apparently the Zhang Ziyi interview has burned-in French subtitles. There are also reports that some of the extras do not play properly in some players.

    An All Regions release from China comes from a company called Guang Dong Face video. The extra material on this release does not have English subtitles and the video is not 16x9 enhanced. The film also is reported to have an occasional logo appearing, presumably for piracy control purposes.

    Another All Regions release from Hong Kong comes from Mei Ah. This appears to include only a trailer as an extra. Mei Ah also have a two disc edition, with the second disc containing the Making Of featurette, the Zhang Ziyi On Set featurette and another featurette called "Lovers". All have English subtitles.

    The Region 2 2-disc release from France has more extras than can comfortably be mentioned here, but there are no English subtitles.

    Tartan Video's UK Region 2 release contains basically the same extras as the Region 4 Special Edition, but without the Making Of featurette and with an interview that is about a quarter of the length of the one on the Region 4.

    A Region 3 release from Korea has the same extras as the 2-disc Mei Ah release, but also includes the soundtrack CD.

    The US Region 1 release contains the following extras:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate ending
  • Behind the Scenes of "2046"
  • "Anatomy of Memories" production design featurette
  • Interviews with Wong Kar Wai, Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi
  • Music Montage "The Music of 2046"
  • branching featurette Numerology of 2046
  • Poster Gallery

    If you want the best possible edition of this film, then the choice is difficult. The Region 4 Special Edition appears on the face of it to be superior to this single-disc edition. The Region 1 has more extras than the Region 4, but does not have an audio commentary nor a DTS soundtrack. The French release has a smorgasbord of extras but the lack of English subtitles rules it out for non-French speakers. Anyone who wants to get the most out of this movie may have to either wait for a mega-edition with English subtitles or buy more than one of the editions on offer.