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Kwaidan (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Kwaidan (The Criterion Collection)(1964) Blu-ray
 
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DESCRIPTION
 
- US RELEASED DISC.
- (REGION A) PLAYS ON REGION A BLU-RAY PLAYERS ONLY.

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
Japanese: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UPC 715515158916

Criterion | 1964 | 181 min | Not rated | Oct 20, 2015

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Special Features:
- 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

Kwaidan (The Criterion Collection)(1964)

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Writers: Yôko Mizuki, Lafcadio Hearn
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Takashi Shimura, Michiyo Aratama, Rentarô Mikuni, Kenjirô Ishiyama, Ranko Akagi

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