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Transcendental, melancholic Ozu with good Blu-ray transfer
on 19 July 2012
I was keen to see how one of Ozu's colour films held up in high definition. The transfer is fair, but still affected by age and source issues - there's some print damage, heavy grain, some instability (particularly on cuts during scenes). But overall there's a little level of detail on display than the DVDs of Ozu's films and this really allows his unique style and composition to shine. It's really a beauty to behold.
Most of Ozu's films are quiet and slow-paced, but for some reason I found this more transcendental and melancholic than his others - perhaps because it came so late in his career. There's a distinct world-weariness to the central characters and a sense of mortality that's less present, in my view, in his earlier films. It makes for quite a mature and rewarding experience to watch.