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Tokyo Story / Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (DVD + Blu-ray) [1953]


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  • Actors: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Chieko Higashiyama
  • Directors: Yasujiro Ozu
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2010
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038409Y2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The Ozu Collection

TOYKO STORY + BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE TODA FAMILY (DVD + Blu-ray)
Films by Yasujiro Ozu

A constant fixture in critics polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece, Tokyo Story, is a beautifully nuanced exploration of fifial duty, expectations and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly husband and wife's visit to Tokyo to see their grown-up children, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation.

Ozu's incisive satire, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, also included here, explores similar themes. After the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty welcome from extended family.

Special Features

  • Standard Definition and High Definition presentations of Tokyo Story (DVD and Blu-ray)
  • Standard Definition presentation of Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (DVD only)
  • Fully illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essay by professor Joan Mellen and director biography by Tony Ryans
  • New and improved English subtitles

Japan | 1953 + 1941 | black and white | Japanese language, English subtitles | 136 minutes + 100 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit) + Dolby Digital mono audio (192kbps)

Region B Blu-ray
Region 2 DVD

Review

'The poet of family life' --Derek Malcolm

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Film Buff on 15 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Ozu Yasujirô was one of the greatest film directors and after decades of obscurity outside Japan it is cause for celebration that at last BFI are doing him proud by releasing all 36 of his surviving films on both DVD and Blu-ray. The way the films are being released is also to be applauded. The earliest films have been offered in box sets, the Student Comedies and the Gangster Films making up two desirable items, while the late post-war masterpieces are offered in duel releases, the Blu-ray versions as supplements to the DVDs containing one `main' feature each coupled with one of his earlier sound films from the 30s/40s. In this way we get to see rare films which we ordinarily might pass over and realize that they are every bit as good as the main features they support.

Ozu's greatness is evidenced by a staggeringly high level of consistency throughout his output from his early silents to his final austere masterworks. None of his films are revered more than Tokyo Story and its release here is as good as it's ever likely to be. A fire destroyed the original negative and only second-rate copies stay in existence - hence the poor quality compared with other Ozu of this period. Still, the b/w images are crisp and the sound sharp. Not having a Blu-ray player I can't comment on the first disc, but the DVD is certainly very good. The support feature is The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family which has been chosen by BFI because it has the same theme of generation conflict and people being spurned within their own families. In Tokyo Story the grandparents are pushed from pillar to post, none of their unloving children wanting to take care of them. In Toda Family it is the grandmother and the unmarried daughter who get the treatment.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dr T on 27 Dec 2010
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Well, what a wonderful film Ozu's Tokyo Story is. I had seen this before, but not really been in the right kind of mood to take it just what a subtle, timeless masterpiece this film really is! It's all about family, human behaviour and day-to-day emotions, really. The story is simple, but the experience is sublime.

This Blu-ray is of superior quality to the DVD releases of Tokyo Story. Still it's not remastered to the level of some period restorations of old films. The problems must be in the original print, I guess. The picture is not pristine. There are various technical problems. The resolution is not as high as you might expect. The blacks and whites are not as deep, resolved or contrast-y as you might wish for. Still, it seems this is the best the film will look, for now - perhaps for a very long time.

It's the version to own though, and comes with an additional film that sadly I've not yet had time to watch.

BFI are to be commended overall too, for committing to such an extensive release catalog of Ozu's films on Blu-ray, especially given the current economic climate. Ozu's colour films on BD are on their way soon too!

Overall, a really special film given a reasonably good technical treatment - and standing out as the best available version of a classic, heartwarming, simply yet very moving, special moment of (Japanese and world) cinema history. Highly recommended.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
I am sitting in front of this screen failing to get a purchase on what it is I want to say about this film - my flimsy adjectives and superlatives are hopelessly inadequate. If it was just the artistic quality of the filmaking I would be fine; able to use words like, luminous, exquisite, perfect, genius. But it's the fact that all of this is in the service of something infinitely more overwhelming that leaves me speechless. For Catholics amongst you all I can say is that it is a little bit like a cinematic equivalent of the life of St Thérèse of Lisieux: small and hidden things, done with great love.
Most all of the time I agree with Hitchcock's wonderfully affirming and unpretentious, "Some film makers make movies that are like a slice of life - I make movies that are like a slice of cake." Afterall, an awful lot of cinema, (hell, an awful lot of everything!) is dismally self-important and self-satisfied. However, there are few works of art that bear witness to the transfiguration of our small lives by love with as much truthful beauty as Ozu's Tokyo Story. The actress who plays the daughter-in-law in the film, Setsuko Hara, gave up acting a few years later and went into solitude and prayer in the buddhist town of Kamakura. She is still there today. As the dear mother says at one moment in the film, giving thanks quite simply, for the day's good weather, "it is a blessing." And so it is.
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By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
Ozu’s 1953 masterpiece remains one of the most uncompromising and painfully honest depictions of the vagaries of family life to have ever reached the big screen. Tokyo Story’s simple and straightforward approach to storytelling, backed up by the director’s (and cinematographer Yuharu Atsuta’s) gift for creating unfussy look and feel (static camera, simple close-ups, etc), sets the film apart from the vast majority of other 'realist’ films, reinforcing the film’s clarity of message and, consequently, its emotive power. And, although Tokyo Story’s post-war Japanese setting and its depiction of changing social conventions and pretensions are, of course, rooted in Ozu’s national heritage, his film’s themes of morality and humanity have universal relevance.

Indeed, the unfailingly rose-tinted ('mustn’t grumble’) attitude of parents, Chishu Ryu’s father Shukichi Hirayama and his wife Chieko Higashiyama’s Tomi as they visit their various offspring (now living busy, self-centred lives in bustling Tokyo) has a distinctly British feel to me! The director soon shows us, however, that the elderly couple represent a 'generation past’ ('But the two of you haven’t changed at all’) as their tourist tour of the city reveals the latter’s inexorable modernisation and their grandchildren display even more explicit traits of disrespect than do their children.
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