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The Mizoguchi Collection [DVD] [1936]

Minosuke Bandô , Isuzu Yamada , Kenji Mizoguchi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Minosuke Bandô, Isuzu Yamada, Shôtarô Hanayagi
  • Directors: Kenji Mizoguchi
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 406 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SXSRS2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,915 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

OSAKA ELEGY (1936) Ayako agrees to enter into an affair with her married boss after he promises to support her and her father THE STORY OF THE LAST CRYSANTHEMUM (1939) a young actor is forced to deal with his family after he becomes shunned by them over his new relationship. SISTERS OF THE GION (1936) Two giesha sisters disagree over how to deal with the men controlling their lives and livelihoods. UTAMARO AND HIS FIVE WIVES (1946) Utamaro, a great artist, lives to create portraits of beautiful women. And the brothels of Tokyo provide his models. A world of passion swirls around him and the women all vie for his attention

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Osaka Elegy (1936) Osaka Elegy: Ayako agrees to enter into an affair with her married boss after he promises to support her and her father. Sisters of the Gion (1936) The Story Of The Last Crysanthemum: A young actor is forced to deal with his family after he becomes shunned by them over his new relationship. The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939) Sisters Of The Gion: Two giesha sisters disagree over how to deal with the men controlling their lives and livelihoods. Utamaro and His Five Women (1946) Utamaro And His Five Women: A great artist lives to create portraits of beautiful women. A world of passion swirls around him and the women all vie for his attention. ...The Mizoguchi Collection - 4-DVD Box Set ( Naniwa hika / Gion no shimai / Zangiku monogatari / Utamaro o meguru gonin no onna ) ( Osaka Elegy / Sisters of the Gion / The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums / Utamaro and His Five Women )


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not the top! 14 Mar 2014
By Mario
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this box set of films because I thought the BD edition would have been superior to that of the DVDs. But it isn't so. The quality of the film is not very good. Still, for people who wants to get to approach this film director it is a good opportunity though.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mizoguchi interwar and postwar collection 10 May 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Two of this films Sisters of the Gion and Osaka Elegy were available in the US from Criterion's Eclipse Series. Both being from 1936 have suffered a lot during the 2nd war time, when many movies were burned and lost forever. Probably we will never have the chance of seeing other masterpieces of the silent era and the early talkies era. Coming back to this set...it is interesting that we find an artificial eye edition, instead of Masters Of Cinema (be not worried they have already released two packs with some precious masterpieces this year and maybe we will have more). I say this not a disrespectful manner! It is a praise in fact! The films's quality is pretty good considering the early mentioned aspects, but I am not certain that these discs are not only upscaled copies of the DVD's. The sound is a problem though, no master whatsoever. The two products are just categorized in Mizoguchi's pattern - oppression of women - and are a delight for classic Japanese cinema buffs.

The last two movies are also very important in the master's career and are produced in 1939 and 1946. There is a melancholy with a very pleasant echo in Mizoguchi's products and these two carry this torch, but stay within the chosen path. Regarding the quality of image and sound, I definitely have the same feeling as for the first two.

There are no extras or booklets within the box and this is a major fault for this box, clearly! It is kind of expensive without those elements but worth the buy for collectors nonetheless.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Substandard transfer 6 Nov 2012
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I must qualify this review by saying I have only watched the 'Utamaro's and his Five Women' disc. Whilst the brilliance of Mizoguchi's direction and the fine acting is apparent, the quality of the transfer is poor - suffering from what looks like frame judder with accompanying loss of sound quality. The fact this is a blu ray disc only serves to emphasise the poor quality. It looks like it has been transferred from a live projection rather than remastered. It does not matter how old the material is - I've seen some splendid examples of films much older than this one. I guess this is why companies like, for example, Eureka, remaster their releases. It's a shame that the works of such a great master of cinema as Mizoguchi has not been given top treatment.

I have now watched THE STORY OF THE LAST CRYSANTHEMUM and whilst, yes, this is not a high definition digital transfer, it is better than the UTAMARO disc, albeit in lowish contrast and with some 'developer-stain ghosting' from one of the transfer negatives/positives. It is a brilliant insight into the lives of Kabuki actors - and indeed we see some Kabuki performances towards the end of this bitter-sweet film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A+ films, cheesy production 12 Oct 2013
By Zangiku
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
masterpiece films deserve better DVD transfer than this. clear but teensy tiny pictures surrounded by black borders (it's not my TV, it seems to be the discs), and less than perfect subtitling, including basic language mistakes. that said, there are no other choices and at least Mizoguchi's all-time greatest masterpiece, ignored worldwide for decades, can now be seen: The Last Chrysanthemum, 1939. so get a very large TV screen and stick it out, the camera work alone is worth the price.
recommended for the serious: Mark Le Fanu's Mizoguchi and Japan, ISBN 1-84457-057-6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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In those years the characterisics of people mannerism in acting are noteworthy.
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28 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray no guarantee 17 May 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This 4-disc set of early Mizoguchi films is proof of the fact that Blu-ray releases are no guarantee of quality. One should of course be prepared to make allowances for source material of this age, but these Artificial Eye versions of OSAKA ELEGY and SISTER'S OF THE GION are inferior to those in Criterion's 4-disc MIZOGUCHI'S FALLEN WOMEN.

By comparison, these lack contrast, the subtitling is inferior, and both suffer from what I can only describe as a kind of digital banding (which I presume might be a compression anomaly). This banding becomes particularly evident in low-light shots and dark sections of the frame. Thankfully, it isn't apparent on UTAMARO AND HIS FIVE WOMAN or THE STORY OF THE LAST CRYSANTHEMUM, but given the underwhelming standard of the transfers, one might as well opt for the less expensive DVD versions (for what it's worth).

Despite my disappointment with this set as a whole, I am at least very pleased that UTAMARO and CRYSANTHEMUM (two very fine Mizoguchi films) are now available on DVD. Until new prints are found, or a company like Criterion or The Film Foundation decide to restore them, these are probably as good as we're likely to see.

While I'm having a moan, I may as well take a swipe at Artificial Eye's short branding animation that automatically plays after their discs are loaded. If it was silent (like the Criterion one), it wouldn't be an issue, but the annoying accompanying music is very grating, especially when the same clip is played (and cannot be fast-forwarded) immediately prior to the film playing. Grr. It's irritating when companies over-market themselves to those who have already bought into what they offer. In terms of generating brand awareness and loyalty, it must be somewhat counter-productive.
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