Aliens & SDF
Staff of Toho
| Akira Kurosawa's
|Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
|Region: 1||Discs: 1|
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|Japanese (2.0 Stereo)
|English, Spanish, French,
Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean
||Cast & Crew (English)
|Following their release of the region 2 DVD
a few months before, comes Warner Bros' region
1 disc of Dreams. Those
looking to just experience the film are in luck,
as Warner has packed this disc with great video
and audio quality, although sadly they did almost
nothing in regards to bonus material.
|Warner Bros. has done a solid job with the
video presentation on this release, with the most
noticeable aspect being the rich spectrum of colors
present; an attribute which is really brought
to the fore due to Akira
Kurosawa's use of color in the feature film.
Unfortunately, the colors do look a little washed
during the Van Gogh sequence, which could be
a sign of the saturation being increased too
much, but given that its the only instance of
this in the film, its easy to overlook.
aspects of this transfer also fare well, with
the movie looking sharp and with only minor signs
of edge enhancement. The print used for the transfer
is in pretty good shape as well, although there
is noticeable grain. There are a few scratches
at the start as well, but thankfully these disappear
later in the feature.
presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1,
and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.
one audio track, which is a 2.0 stereo presentation
of the film in Japanese. The overall quality is
good, with the dialogue all being crystal clear
and there being no noticeable distortions. For
a stereo release, the speaker distortion is also
commendable, especially "the funeral song"
which makes excellent use of the soundscape.
audio can be accompanied with, removable, English,
Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese
or Korean subtitles, making this one of the more
subtitle loaded Toho releases.
|Sadly, the disc's crippling weakness is its
extras, or lack there of. What little supplemental
material is included is all text only, which include
Kurosawa's awards and a very, very brief rundown
of the cast and crew, with some expanded information
on Kurosawa. Otherwise, this disc is as bare as
line, if one wants to watch the film, and nothing
more, then Warner Bros' DVD is a fine release.
It's sad that they didn't stock this disc with
some nice bonus material though, especially given
that Kurosawa was given his Oscar around this
time and that footage would have been excellent
to include, but so it goes.
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