Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

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Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

Postby Gwangi » Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:25 pm

Oct. 20th is the date. It will be the 181 minute version. Hold on to your ears!!! :mrgreen:

http://www.criterion.com/films/629-kwaidan
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Re: Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:42 pm

Yes! I was just going to post this in the home video section. I adore the film, and have rented it from the local library a few times over the years, but held out hope that Criterion would one day release the original cut.

And looks at these extras! The previous DVD only had a trailer!

New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi’s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince
Interview from 1993 with Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda
New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara
New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folk tales Kwaidan is based
Trailers
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien


Sometimes special features can be underwhelming, but the quality of the extras with Criterion is always amazing.
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Re: Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

Postby Dai » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:23 pm

Excellent news. This movie is a masterpiece, and I've been hoping for a blu-ray release for years.
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Re: Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

Postby Benjamin Haines » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:51 pm

Hell yeah!
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Re: Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

Postby william newell » Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:57 pm

Just to post an update...went to Barnes and Noble today and saw this for sale for $39.99. I had some extra beans in my pocket so I figured, why not? Imagine my surprise when it(the blu-ray) rang up for only 20 bucks! Needless to say, I was a happy camper. Not sure how long this sale is good, but I thought it worth posting a heads-up for anyone interested. :mrgreen:
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Re: Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

Postby Gwangi » Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:04 pm

It's Criterion's 50% off sale which ends on Monday. And with a Barnes & Noble coupon, plus membership, that price could be knocked off a little more.
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Re: Kwaidan - new DVD AND blu-ray release from Criterion

Postby lhb412 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:21 pm

Finally got around to watching this disc a little while ago and damn: this is an amazing package. The films looks great and the extras are illuminating - like taking a condensed, but very informative and fun college course on the movie, which is what the best supplemental material from Criterion is like.
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