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Postby MouthForWar » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:10 pm

The Real McCoy wrote:It's funny you should mention that, because my copy of The Hidden Fortress is the Essential Art House edition. Which kind of stinks, in a way. Recently, I've been listening to a lot of commentaries; I just finished the commentary on Seven Samurai, and it gave me a lot of neat info, which I will be using to review the film with. I haven't listened to Rahsomon yet; I wanted to watch it without first. But I really did want to hear the commentary for Fortress. Is that not the film that inspired Star Wars?


Star Wars has elements of several Kurosawa films with Fortress being the most prominent (there are shades of Seven Samurai and Yojimbo in there as well). But you'll be relieved to know that the regular Criterion Hidden Fortress disc doesn't have a commentary. Its one of their earlier DVD releases, so it doesn't have a lot. The only feature is an 8 minute interview with George Lucas about the film... its a nice feature, but really not anything people didn't know already. Its pretty much just him talking about what he likes about Kurosawa. So in picking up the Essential Art House edition, you really aren't missing much.

If you're new to Kurosawa, I can safely say I can highly recommend pretty much every film he's ever made, at least from One Wonderful Sunday onward (with Rhapsody in August being the weakest by far). And for the Godzilla fan, you might be interested in his later works, in which Ishiro Honda co-wrote and co-directed with him (the best of that batch being Ran, which I think is his best film after Samurai- and Dreams is the one where Honda's input shows most). Honda was also involved in the much earlier Stray Dog (another good one).

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Postby The Real McCoy » Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:45 pm

I wanted to "expand my horizons" with Toho, so to speak, and I'm exceptionally glad I've done so. I currently have seven Kurosawa titles. I've got my eye on Ran, but it's too expensive for me right now. I have no job, and the only reason I bought the two I did yesterday is because I got paid for odd-jobs. I' interested in Stray-Dog, and also The Bad Sleep Well.I've been interested in the then modern-day dramas like that. I wasn't overly impressed with Drunken Angel, but it's foolish to base one's taste off of one film, so I'll be on the lookout for deals on those. Of course, I really enjoy the period-dramas. I think I might pick up Kagemusha next. Anyway, I think this is pretty much my new hobby. I'll always be a fan of the Japanese science-fiction genre; that will never change. But in the last few years I feel I've come to appreciate films, especially these films, on a more complex level, I guess would be the best way to put it, than I have in the past. Not so much that I can't turn off the world around me and enjoy them, but I've opened up a whole new door to myself in watching these films. The thing that amazes me is that these are some of the greatest films ever produced, but you don't hear about them outside of this community very much. It makes me feel good to have people ask me "what did you watch the other day?" only to answer "[insert Japanese title here]" and see the reaction. I get these "you're nuts" looks sometimes, but I know that I'm experiencing culture at its finest.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:35 pm

I need to get me some John Carpenter films on blu-ray...The Thing, The Fog, Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from NY...i think those are the only films of his available on blu-ray that I want...


I'm actually holding off on The Thing in the hopes that when the new one comes out, the old one might go on sale!


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Postby king_ghidorah » Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:42 pm

Good selection of Carpenter films...didn't know they had The Fog on blu ray, gonna have to get that and Escape from N.Y eventually....

Not gonna bother with Halloween...the only time of year I'll watch it, it's on TV anyways...


Edit* The only other Carpenter film I NEED on blu ray is They Live...someone make that happen please :D


Still, I'm happy I have Big Trouble and The Thing on blu ray as those are probably my two favorite films of his
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Postby MouthForWar » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:20 am

jellydonut25 wrote:I bought this:
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because I had an old gift card and it ended up costing $0.25


Nooooo! Not that damn thing. I... I'm sorry.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/43615/pr ... r-edition/

At least you only paid a quarter.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:05 am

It's a bad release....but it's the first Predator disc to have any real special content to speak of lol
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Postby Goji 84 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:38 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:
I'm actually holding off on The Thing in the hopes that when the new one comes out, the old one might go on sale!


Don't buy the THE THING...it has none of the special features from the DVD, other than the audio commentary. I was really disappointed by that aspect, since I bought it to replace my DVD copy that has recently gone missing.

I'd say just hold out for a (possible) 30th anniversary edition next year, and if you need your fix of THE THING in HD, it's streaming (in HD) on Netflix, and has been on there for over a year.
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Postby MouthForWar » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:34 pm

king_ghidorah wrote:It's a bad release....but it's the first Predator disc to have any real special content to speak of lol


As far as BD is concerned, yeah. But the old 2 disc DVD edition (which looks much more natural than the Hunter Edition BD) has plenty of features and is probably the better release.

And yeah, if you want features, get the Thing DVD special edition. It might not be pure high def, but its still a very good transfer, and the documentary is fantastic.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:42 pm

MouthForWar wrote:
king_ghidorah wrote:It's a bad release....but it's the first Predator disc to have any real special content to speak of lol


As far as BD is concerned, yeah. But the old 2 disc DVD edition (which looks much more natural than the Hunter Edition BD) has plenty of features and is probably the better release.

And yeah, if you want features, get the Thing DVD special edition. It might not be pure high def, but its still a very good transfer, and the documentary is fantastic.


I have that release of The Thing...great :D
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Postby Goji 84 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:01 pm

MouthForWar wrote:
king_ghidorah wrote:It's a bad release....but it's the first Predator disc to have any real special content to speak of lol


As far as BD is concerned, yeah. But the old 2 disc DVD edition (which looks much more natural than the Hunter Edition BD) has plenty of features and is probably the better release.

And yeah, if you want features, get the Thing DVD special edition. It might not be pure high def, but its still a very good transfer, and the documentary is fantastic.


True, I forgot to mention that film itself still looks fantastic (THE THING, that is). If one was to find it cheap, they might as well pick it up. The lack of features is the only downside to the disk.

I've yet to pick up PREDATOR on BD, since it's one of my favorite films, and I wasn't at all impressed with the first BD release (it didn't look much better than the DVD, frankly). The new edition suffers from far too much DNR, from what I've heard..soooo, I'm not really sure weather just to hope for some kind of fan made restoration, or bite the bullet and get the older reason.
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Postby The Real McCoy » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:54 pm

I picked up Kagemusha yesterday. I was interested to find that it was a two-disc set. The first disc, of course is the feature, with commentary and all the usuals. The second disc has an interview with Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, who were executive producers for the film. Plus, it has documentaries and an image gallery and the like. Definitely worth a look.
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Postby MouthForWar » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:13 am

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Postby The Real McCoy » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:43 am

^I've been toying around with the idea of buying Kwaidan, but I haven't really thought hard about it. It just doesn't sound like my kind of thing. Is it any good?
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Postby MouthForWar » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:32 am

The Real McCoy wrote:^I've been toying around with the idea of buying Kwaidan, but I haven't really thought hard about it. It just doesn't sound like my kind of thing. Is it any good?


Its a very good film, but I'm not sure what your tastes are like. Its a horror anthology consisting of 5 different ghost stories. If you like really subtle, slow paced (in the good way) and atmospheric horror movies, I'd say its worth checking out. Its also very expressionistic and has some gorgeous cinematography.
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Postby The Real McCoy » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:27 am

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The Real McCoy wrote:^I've been toying around with the idea of buying Kwaidan, but I haven't really thought hard about it. It just doesn't sound like my kind of thing. Is it any good?


Its a very good film, but I'm not sure what your tastes are like. Its a horror anthology consisting of 5 different ghost stories. If you like really subtle, slow paced (in the good way) and atmospheric horror movies, I'd say its worth checking out. Its also very expressionistic and has some gorgeous cinematography.

I don't know; I've kind of lost interest in ghost stories over the years. I think I might pick up this and HOUSE just for the hell of it. They don't really tweak my fancy much, but I'll give anything a try once.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:00 pm

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The Real McCoy wrote:^I've been toying around with the idea of buying Kwaidan, but I haven't really thought hard about it. It just doesn't sound like my kind of thing. Is it any good?


Its a very good film, but I'm not sure what your tastes are like. Its a horror anthology consisting of 5 different ghost stories. If you like really subtle, slow paced (in the good way) and atmospheric horror movies, I'd say its worth checking out. Its also very expressionistic and has some gorgeous cinematography.

I don't know; I've kind of lost interest in ghost stories over the years. I think I might pick up this and HOUSE just for the hell of it. They don't really tweak my fancy much, but I'll give anything a try once.


Try and rent House before you see it...there are a few people I know (including me) that were absolutely disappointed with that film...just giving you a heads up, if you like it you'll probably really like it though
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Postby gila-monster » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:52 pm

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The Real McCoy wrote:^I've been toying around with the idea of buying Kwaidan, but I haven't really thought hard about it. It just doesn't sound like my kind of thing. Is it any good?


Its a very good film, but I'm not sure what your tastes are like. Its a horror anthology consisting of 5 different ghost stories. If you like really subtle, slow paced (in the good way) and atmospheric horror movies, I'd say its worth checking out. Its also very expressionistic and has some gorgeous cinematography.

There's four stories in Kwaidan, although the last one is sort of a story in a story.

House is definitely worth watching at least once, just to see it's madness. Whether you like it or not is another story.
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Postby Benjamin Haines » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:28 pm

Kwaidan is great. I saw it streaming online last year when a friend had to watch it for one of her classes. I wanted to pick up the Criterion DVD but according to Toho Kingdom it has about 20 minutes cut out of the film. I don't know if the version I watched was edited or uncut.
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Postby gila-monster » Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:32 pm

Benjamin Haines wrote:Kwaidan is great. I saw it streaming online last year when a friend had to watch it for one of her classes. I wanted to pick up the Criterion DVD but according to Toho Kingdom it has about 20 minutes cut out of the film. I don't know if the version I watched was edited or uncut.

Yes, the current Criterion version has quite a bit cut from it, but from what I heard a lot of those cuts made it more streamlined. I don't think any important story scenes are missing, as the edited version is easily understandable. It's a really long movie at just over three hours, and the cut version is ~160 minutes.
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Postby MouthForWar » Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:00 pm

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Benjamin Haines wrote:Kwaidan is great. I saw it streaming online last year when a friend had to watch it for one of her classes. I wanted to pick up the Criterion DVD but according to Toho Kingdom it has about 20 minutes cut out of the film. I don't know if the version I watched was edited or uncut.

Yes, the current Criterion version has quite a bit cut from it, but from what I heard a lot of those cuts made it more streamlined. I don't think any important story scenes are missing, as the edited version is easily understandable. It's a really long movie at just over three hours, and the cut version is ~160 minutes.


The DVD is indeed the international cut, which to my understanding doesn't cut anything too important. I also don't think the uncut version has ever been available on video, but I could be wrong.
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Postby JimPV » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:51 pm

MouthForWar wrote:The DVD is indeed the international cut, which to my understanding doesn't cut anything too important. I also don't think the uncut version has ever been available on video, but I could be wrong.

Actually, the complete cut is available:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kwaidan-Masters ... 320&sr=1-1

And with a much better picture quality than the Criterion, too (and it's even NTSC):

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews8/kwaidan.htm
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Postby kiryugoji04 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:55 pm

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Postby gila-monster » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:07 pm

JimPV wrote:
MouthForWar wrote:The DVD is indeed the international cut, which to my understanding doesn't cut anything too important. I also don't think the uncut version has ever been available on video, but I could be wrong.

Actually, the complete cut is available:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kwaidan-Masters ... 320&sr=1-1

And with a much better picture quality than the Criterion, too (and it's even NTSC):

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews8/kwaidan.htm


Wow, so it is. I think I read somewhere that Criterion is planning on reissuing it with the full uncut film (probably on BD).

The Real McCoy wrote:I don't know; I've kind of lost interest in ghost stories over the years. I think I might pick up this and HOUSE just for the hell of it. They don't really tweak my fancy much, but I'll give anything a try once.

Keep in mind Kwaidan has traditional Japanese style ghost tales, which tend to be very different from western ghost stories. There is definitely less of a dichotomy of good and evil in Japanese ghost tales. But perhaps you are familiar with that already.
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Postby The Real McCoy » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:32 am

gila-monster wrote:
The Real McCoy wrote:I don't know; I've kind of lost interest in ghost stories over the years. I think I might pick up this and HOUSE just for the hell of it. They don't really tweak my fancy much, but I'll give anything a try once.

Keep in mind Kwaidan has traditional Japanese style ghost tales, which tend to be very different from western ghost stories. There is definitely less of a dichotomy of good and evil in Japanese ghost tales. But perhaps you are familiar with that already.

I don't know anything about Japanese culture outside of what I've seen on film; which, besides science-fiction is only about five or six films, most of which are period dramas. So, this would definitely be something new for me. It was cheap, and the sale lasts until the 21st of this month, so I may just pick them up.

Thanks for all the pointers, guys.
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Postby MouthForWar » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:36 am

gila-monster wrote:
JimPV wrote:
MouthForWar wrote:The DVD is indeed the international cut, which to my understanding doesn't cut anything too important. I also don't think the uncut version has ever been available on video, but I could be wrong.

Actually, the complete cut is available:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kwaidan-Masters ... 320&sr=1-1

And with a much better picture quality than the Criterion, too (and it's even NTSC):

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews8/kwaidan.htm


Wow, so it is. I think I read somewhere that Criterion is planning on reissuing it with the full uncut film (probably on BD).


This information would have been very valuable to me a week ago. :?
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