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4.0 out of 5 stars “Pale Flower” on BLU RAY – Compatibility Issues For UK and EUROPEAN Buyers…, 28 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Criterion Collection: Pale Flower [Blu-ray] [1964] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
At present this Black and White 1964 Japanese classic is only available on BLU RAY in the States.
But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers…

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Until such time as someone else gives “Pale Flower” a REGION B and C release – check your BLU RAY player has the capacity to play REGION A – before you buy the pricey Criterion issue…
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5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese Film Noir, 28 Aug 2012
Most Yakuza films that are known to The West (and available on DVD) are Kinji Fukasaku's violent ones (Yakuza Papers, Graveyard of Honor and Violent Mobster) and they are enjoyable but this one is a real gem that has very little do with Fukasaku's one; Pale Flower feels more like a Jean Pierre Melville noir. The film follows Muraki, a yakuza hitman freshly released from jail, who goes straight back to his yakuza gang; and embarks on a unhealthy relationship with constant thrill-seeking young woman. The film is not really a crime film as it does not have much of plot but is more character and style driven boasting some brilliantly directed scenes especially the ending. There is gripping delve into the world of gambling dens yet the film is somewhat pessimistic. Muraki hangs around smoking and is somewhat nihilistic character while the young woman Saeko is an aimless rich woman both bored with their lives. This is in no way a normal yakuza film and those expecting one will be disappointed it is more of a gripping exploration of characters living out vacuous lives. Stylishly direction and a gripping story makes this a Japanese film well worth watching. Criterion have once again made an obscure classic available in a very good transfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING;!! 5 star for the movie without ..., 3 July 2014
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5 star for the movie without a doubt.BUT do understand that this is region 1 and NOT all regions as declared with the information that goes along.
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