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Good Blu-ray for wonderful Ozu Tokyo Story,
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This review is from: Tokyo Story / Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (DVD + Blu-ray)  (DVD)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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Initial post: 23 Jan 2011 13:02:16 GMT
Sorry to disagree, the image quality is rather bad. Details are barely more clear than in the DVD, and contrast is surprisingly lower (when compared to the US Criterion release). But the worst is that there are light and dark bands on the gray areas all throughout the movie. Maybe I see them because my screen is very big, but they are really annoying, and, according to what I read, is a compression defect that can easily be avoided. I will write a review of my own about this shortly. I do agree, though, that this is simply a masterwork, certainly one of the best, deepest. most moving movies ever made. Ozu mastered the cinematographic language...how far from those trendy "shaky camera" movies that have nothing to say and don't know what the cinema language is, so they just shake the camera for the sake of it.
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