Kenji Mizoguchi On DVD... WHEN??

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  1. MarcoBiscotti

    MarcoBiscotti Producer

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    Does Criterion hold the distro rights to all of Mizoguchi's films (Sisters Of The Gion, Life Of Oharu, A Geisha, Ugetsu, etc), and if so, when will we ever be able to own these on DVD??? This man is quite possibly the greatest director of Japanese cinema to ever grace the screen and I find it absurd that not a SINGLE ONE of his films are accurately represented on DVD... Is there turmoil with regards to licensing rights or something, what's going on with these?
     
  2. Brian PB

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    From the February 2004 HTF Chat with Lee Kline:


    So I think it's fair to say that Mizoguchi (or at least Ugetsu) is high on the CC's list of priorities.
     
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    According to Amazon, there were 12 Mizoguchi films released on VHS in Region 1, but all are now out of print:

    Home Vision Entertainment
    Street of Shame
    Sisters of the Gion
    Ugetsu
    Story of the Last Chrysanthemums
    Life of Oharu
    47 Ronin, Parts 1 & 2
    Osaka Elegy
    Sansho the Bailiff

    New Yorker Video
    A Geisha
    Princess Yang Kwei Fei
    Utamaro and His Women


    Also note that The 47 Ronin, Parts 1 & 2 was previously released on DVD by Image, but is now OOP.

    In the UK, Artificial Eye released two Mizoguchi films on DVD this past April: The Life of O-Haru and The Lady of Musashino. Both are encoded for Region 2 PAL.

    Finally, the French company Opening released two Mizoguchi box sets (a total of nine films) late last year. They contain The Crucified Lovers/The Empress Yang Kwei Fei/Sansho dayu/Tales of the Taira Clan and A Geisha/Lady Oyû/The Life of Oharu/Street of Shame/Ugetsu monogatari. [R2/PAL] Alas, there are no English subtitles.
     
  4. MarcoBiscotti

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    Thanks a lot Brian, Ugetsu is my absolute favorite of Mizoguhi's work so that's very reassuring to hear. Let's keep our fingers crossed that when the time comes Criterion rolls the carpet out with a nicely packed box-set.
     

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