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Cops vs Thugs
This hard hitting study on the thin red line between the police and yakuza is one of my favourite Kinji Fukasaku crime films. Unfortunately I'm not entirely pleased with the R1 Kino transfer. I was hoping that Toei might have better image, but then, the Kino transfer actually looks a lot like some of Toei's weaker transfers. So I did a bit of investigation.
Against all odds I found this japanese review
of the film, with a few screencaps. I can't quarantee they are from the R2J, but I think it's pretty safe to assume they are. JP cap top, R1 bottom.
yes, that's Reiko Ike
The cap from the japanese site is streched, and to make the comparison easier I have given the R1 cap the same treatement. All the other R1 caps in this post are correct.
It seems like the transfers are pretty similar. They could be the same, actually, as the R2J cap may not be accurate
Next up is the Wild Side Video dvd. This time I'm stealing caps from dvdrama
. These caps don't seem very reliable, so lets only use them as rough reference only. FR top, R1 bottom. Not the exact same frame, this shouldn't cause much problems here.
It's a bit hard to say how accurate / inaccurate those caps are, but the cropping looks pretty nasty. Is there anyone who can confirm these Wild Sideo Video caps are correct or even close?
Finally, here's some more R1 caps. The transfer is interlaced and dvd-5 (shows some compression artifacts). If I had to take a guess, I'd say Toei is the same but without compression problems. Wild Side is most likely progressive.