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Unread postby HungFist » 16 Jan 2009, 22:24

Ai no corrida

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* New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
* New audio commentary with film scholar Tony Rayns
* New interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji
* A 1976 interview with director Nagisa Oshima and actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer, Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai, and film distributor Yoko Asakura
* Deleted footage
* U.S. trailer
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie and a reprinted interview with Oshima
* 108 minutes
* 1.66:1
* Japanese

http://www.criterion.com/films/1287

Ai no borei

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* New, restored high-definition digital transfer (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
* New audio commentary with film scholar Tony Rayns
* New interview with actor Tatsuya Fuji
* A 1976 interview with director Nagisa Oshima and actors Fuji and Eiko Matsuda, and a 2003 program featuring interviews with consulting producer Hayao Shibata, line producer, Koji Wakamatsu, assistant director Yoichi Sai, and film distributor Yoko Asakura
* Deleted footage
* U.S. trailer
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie and a reprinted interview with Oshima
* 105 minutes
* 1.66:1
* Japanese

http://www.criterion.com/films/1288

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Dodes’ka-den

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* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, a 36-minute documentary created as part of the Toho Masterworks series, about the making of Dodes’ka-den, including interviews with director Akira Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami, actor Yoshitaka Zushi, and other members of the cast and crew
* Theatrical trailer
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Stephen Prince and a new interview with Nogami
* 144 minutes
* 1.33:1
* Japanese

http://www.criterion.com/films/1083
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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 17 Jan 2009, 09:33

Thanks for posting. Awesome covers. Let's hope that ItRotS is uncut and uncensored.

Blu-ray releases too thanks, DVD sucks.

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Jan 2009, 11:43

Why wouldnt it be uncut? The bBFC cut/censoring wouldnt apply on R1 (I don't think so).

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Unread postby bradavon » 17 Jan 2009, 14:03

Any masterpieces in there?

The Artificial Eye Wong Kar Wai BDs are out soon. Hopefully a comparison will follow shortly after.

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Jan 2009, 15:00

I didnt really take to Ai No Corrida TBH. Thats a beautiful cover though.

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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 17 Jan 2009, 15:09

grim_tales wrote:Why wouldnt it be uncut? The bBFC cut/censoring wouldnt apply on R1 (I don't think so).

Shit happens. People can stuff up and make mistakes. R1 distributors may setup an exchange program for a fixed version, but that's not an option for importers. Obtaining a fixed version through retail can be a lottery.

Also they there's times where compromises have to be made because there's no other better film materials.
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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Jan 2009, 15:10

Fair point. Didnt think of that :oops:

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Unread postby Markgway » 17 Jan 2009, 15:26

The only cut made in the UK was to the woman pulling the young boy's winky.
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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Jan 2009, 15:56

I've seen Ai no corrida when I was a kid. Now I'm interested in seeing it again because of Tatsuya Fuji. He did great job in the Stray Cat Rock series, where he took turns playing good guys and over-the-top villains (villain in parts 1 and 3, good guy in parts 2, 4 and 5). But those were all upbeat pop movies. Ai no corrida is something totally different.

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Jan 2009, 16:01

Mark is right.
Didnt Kurosawa make a Russian film at one point?

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Unread postby eddyospina » 17 Jan 2009, 20:16

HungFist wrote:I've seen Ai no corrida when I was a kid.


Serious?

That explains a lot :D

Looking forward to these anyway. Been on a bit of an early Oshima kick recently. Just saw The Sun's Burial which was great.

Does anyone know, are Criterion's Blu-rays coded Region A or what?

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Unread postby thelostdragon » 17 Jan 2009, 20:54

grim_tales wrote:Didnt Kurosawa make a Russian film at one point?

You mean "Dersu Uzala".
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Unread postby HungFist » 17 Jan 2009, 21:22

eddyospina wrote:
HungFist wrote:I've seen Ai no corrida when I was a kid.


Serious?


yes. It was on TV when I was 13, it seems. Actually, I would've thought I were younger than that when I saw it, but I guess not.

eddyospina wrote:That explains a lot :D


Oh thank you very much :lol:

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Jan 2009, 22:50

thelostdragon wrote:
grim_tales wrote:Didnt Kurosawa make a Russian film at one point?

You mean "Dersu Uzala".


Ahhh yeah, thats it :D I got confused with the title of the film that was shown there :D

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Unread postby diceman » 17 Jan 2009, 23:57

Sry, double post
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Unread postby diceman » 17 Jan 2009, 23:58

eddyospina wrote:
HungFist wrote:I've seen Ai no corrida when I was a kid.


Serious?

That explains a lot :D


Hung Fist also saw "Bounce Ko Gals" as a kid, that explains even more. :D
Well, I'm the right one to talk *coughs*

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Unread postby Markgway » 18 Jan 2009, 20:58

eddyospina wrote:Does anyone know, are Criterion's Blu-rays coded Region A or what?


Yes, they're all coded A.
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Unread postby eddyospina » 19 Jan 2009, 11:50

Markgway wrote:
Yes, they're all coded A.


That's annoying. Especially since all their DVDs were always region free (I think). Have to hope someone does a decent uncut B release soon.

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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 19 Jan 2009, 12:07

eddyospina wrote:That's annoying. Especially since all their DVDs were always region free (I think).

Actually about half of them were coded R1 only.

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The Human Condition from Criterion

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574 minutes
4 Discs
2.35:1
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"Masaki Kobayashi’s mammoth humanist drama is one of the most staggering achievements of Japanese cinema. Originally filmed and released in three parts, the nine-and-a-half-hour The Human Condition (Ningen no joken), adapted from Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel, tells of the journey of the well-intentioned yet naive Kaji (handsome Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai). Constantly trying to rise above a corrupt system, Kaji time and again finds his morals an impediment rather than an advantage. A raw indictment of its nation’s wartime mentality as well as a personal existential tragedy, Kobayashi’s riveting, gorgeously filmed epic is novelistic cinema at its best."

edit: deleted part of the Criterion product description, as I don't see why they should spoil the first 8 hours of the film...

* New, restored high-definition digital transfer
* Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda (Double Suicide)
* New video interview with actor Tatsuya Nakadai
* Video appreciation of Kobayashi and The Human Condition featuring Shinoda
* Japanese theatrical trailers
* New and improved English subtitle translation
* PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Philip Kemp

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Unread postby grim_tales » 17 Apr 2009, 15:55

9.5 hours?! Bloody hell :D

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Unread postby 69610 » 24 May 2009, 20:44

Hiya.
Talking of, I don't know if this has been mentioned yet but the reason for the weird English title goes something like this:
when the poster/movie arrived from France (where it's called "L'Empire des sens" i.e. "The Realm Of The Senses"), your man saw:
name of actress / name of actor
in The Realm etc.

...and the distributors concluded that "in" was part of the title!
Sugoi! :)

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Unread postby grim_tales » 24 May 2009, 21:02

I didnt know that, interesting :)


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