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Criterion Press Release: Tokyo Story (Blu-ray Combo)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    TOKYO STORY - DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY/2-DVD EDITION

    A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu (Late Spring). The film, which follows an aging couple as they leave their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu (There Was a Father) and Setsuko Hara (Late Autumn), Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring themes of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces.

     

    1953 • 136 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 1.33:1 aspect ratio

     

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

    • Audio commentary featuring Yasujiro Ozu scholar David Desser, editor of Ozu’s “Tokyo Story”

    • I Lived, But . . . , a two-hour documentary from 1953 about Ozu’s life and career, featuring interviews with critics and former cast and crew members

    • Talking with Ozu, a forty-minute tribute to the director from 1993, featuring the reflections of filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader, and Wim Wenders

    • Trailer

    • New English subtitle translation

    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Bordwell

     

     

    TITLE: Tokyo Story (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY/2-DVD EDITION)  

    CAT. NO: CC2309BDDVD

    UPC: 7-15515-11021-1

    ISBN: 978-1-60465-778-4

    SRP: $39.95

    PREBOOK: 10/22/13

    STREET: 11/19/13

     
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    I have the UK Tokyo Story which isn't so hot, and I just got one from Japan (with English subs) that is pretty terrific. Hard to know which transfer has been given to Criterion - if it's that Japanese one everyone should be happy.
     
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    So, what's up with the odd sepia tone that is evident in these caps Bruce?

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare7/tokyostory.htm

    Is the Japanese Blu-ray actually like that?
     
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    The extras alone sound tempting enough to make this go alongside the BFI edition (which has an extra movie, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family).
     
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    No, it didn't really look like his caps and I haven't done a side by side with the UK in terms of the black-and-white - but the sharpness, detail, contrast and condition is much, much better on the Japanese.
     
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    I believe Janus has been touring the Japan restoration so it should be from that.
     
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    Glad I missed "the mess"...

    Anyway, this will probably be a purchase to join the 2(maybe even three) versions I already have(but not the Japanese).
     
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    Somehow missed this announcement. Definitely getting this.
     
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    Not quite sure where to post this.I am trying to find out what has happened to a Japanese film entitled "The Human Revolution" ("Ningen Kakumei"). Released in 1973 by Toho Film Company, the film was directed by Toshio Masuda. It starred Tetsuro Tanba as Josei Toda. Mr. Tanba directed the Japanese sequences in "Tora Tora Tora".I saw this film many years ago, but since then I have not been able to find any showings of this film.Does anyone have any information regarding this film? Is this now a "lost" film?
     
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    Which transfer did this turn out to be? (I suppose that answer may have been removed along with off-topic stuff) Is it equivalent to the superior Japanese version that Bruce mentions above?
     
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    Judging by caps at blu-ray.com and the ones over at DVDBeaver (taking into account Beaver's usual filtering), I'd say Criterion's BD is pretty much identical to the Japanese one - and therefore much better than the BFI edition.
     

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