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Takeshi Kitano Collection: Violent Cop, Boilingpoint, A Scene At The Sea, Sonatine, Getting Any?, Kids Return [DVD]

Takeshi Kitano    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Directors: Takeshi Kitano
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 597 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DN7IUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,092 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

6 disc box set featuring 6 films by cult director Takeshi Kitano.

Special Features

'Takeshi Kitano: The Unpredictable' a 68 minute documentary

Violent Cop and Sonatine commentaries by Chris D (author of 'Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film')

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great set, bad transfers 18 Dec 2009
While the set may seem worth the price, be warned that the discs of Violent Cop, Boiling Point, and Sonatine are full of ghosting and combing. A Scene at the Sea, Getting Any? and Kid's Return do not have the transfer problems. Without the transfer problems, the set would rate a 5 out of 5.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 great films delivered in a no-fuss manner 22 Dec 2008
The (Second Sight) Takeshi Kitano Collection brings together the film maker/actor's first six movies. As with previous Kitano sleeves, the artwork is a little misleading. Violent Cop (1989), Boiling Point (1990) and Sonatine (1993) feature the actor in crime stories in his superb and shocking element. However, A Scene at the Sea (1991), Getting Any? (1994) and Kids Return (1996) are very different films that don't really gel with the deep red book art. That said, Second Sight should be commended for bringing together a great collection of films with new subtitles, menus and (what appears to be) remastered sound and picture quality.

In reviewing a boxset of six films, it seems better to review the films as a whole. A buyer will come to this set and ask themselves why they should. Someone who has seen Sonatine should ask themselves if the non-violent content drew them in as much or more than the Yakuza scenes. In fact if you have seen any of these films before (and enjoyed them) then I would recommend this wholeheartedly.

Since I am reviewing the set the issues that need consideration are those such as packaging and presentation. Its really a case of what isn't here than what is, since what is presented is stylish in a minimalist fashion. The dvd set offers short descriptions of each film on the rear of the cover, and a good deal of each film's production credits printed on each disc. That's about it, and that's fine, because at 35 its the only place you can get some of these films on UK Region 2 dvd. The Violent Cop disc comes with a lengthy and in-depth documentary that appears to have been made in 1999, as well as a commentary by Chris D (author of 'Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film'), who is a tad dry but informative. Sonatine features a commentary as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars king kitano 16 Jan 2013
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simple box of great films by this Japanese icon.Excellent range of films in the box from this versatile ultra cool actor/director.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection! 25 Jun 2011
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To everyone who loves Kitano this is an excellent collection! It is great to see the evolution of Takeshi as a director. Love it!!!
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitano collection 28 Mar 2009
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Kitano is not my favourite Japanese director, but on the Hanabi disk there is a short review of his early work. Some of the clips in this review were interesting, but not all the films were available on DVD. Thus I welcomed the release of this boxed set of his first films.

This enables you to see the development of his style with the later films being vast improvements on his earlier ones. Sometimes his work appears more as a series of sketches than as a consistent whole. The improvement was continued in his later films "Hanabi" and "Kikujiro" although I am less impressed by "Zatoichi".

On one of the disks is an interesting interview with Kitano that gives some insight into his personality.

"A Scene at the Sea" is a moving film; "Getting Any" a bit disjointed, but fun; and "Kids Return" combines humour with pathos. The other three, all gangster films, I find less impressive.

Still a worthwhile product that I don't regret buying.
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