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Bad transfer of a masterwork.,
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This review is from: Tokyo Story / Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (DVD + Blu-ray)  (DVD)
I am sorry to disagree with a previous review, but the image quality is rather bad, heartbreakingly disappointing. Details are barely sharper than in the DVD, and contrast is surprisingly lower (when compared to the US Criterion release, my only other version). 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, it is a compression defect that could easily be avoided. I was surprised, because the BFI restorations of Pasolini's Trilogy of Life are just gorgeuos...but not this one, regrettably. Even for the other movie included as a bonus in the extra DVD, "Brothers and sisters of the Toda family", I have a superior version of a less stratchy, better sounding copy (Spanish DVD edition). I just cancelled the other titles of this series in my latest order, and erased the rest from my wish list. I do agree, though, that "Tokyo story" is nothing less than 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 cinema language is, so they just shake the camera for the sake of it. My personal low rate is for the transfer of this particular edition, obviously not for the movie. I will patiently wait for a better treatment of Ozu's work somewhere else, and enjoy the DVDs in the meantime.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2013 13:14:54 GMT
Master Jacques says:
It's worth commenting that the contrast on the BFI blu-ray is as Ozu intended, taken from the latest Japanese masters. It looked superb in the BFI London cinema. The Criterion version is (to my mind) completely spoilt by that exaggerated, false contrast, which 'hypes' the visuals and destroys what was clearly intended to be a muted greyscale range. This was a mistake that the usually excellent Criterion made in most of their Ozu releases - the colour ones are worse, and distort the director's carefully chosen palette. But then, they were not working from such reliable sources as BFI enjoyed.
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