DVD: None But the Brave (Warner Bros.)

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None But the Brave


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None But the Brave

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English
105 minutes
2008
Warner Bros.
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2.35:1 Anamorphic

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None But the Brave

DVD

Extras

  • Menus (English)
  • Chapters (25)
  • Trailers: None But the Brave (US)

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Review

By: Anthony Romero

This production is an oddity for sure. Co-produced by Toho, Tokyo Eiga and Frank Sinatra's Artanis Productions, the movie is a hybrid of Japanese and Hollywood cinema. This isn't half hearted, either. You have Frank Sinatra in the director's chair and John Williams, of Star Wars fame, in the composer's seat. Meanwhile The Imperial Navy (1981) writer Katsuya Susaki helps with the script while special effects mastermind Eiji Tsuburaya lends his talents to the effects, which is overt right away thanks to the island opening on the big Toho pool. It's one of a kind, no other film from Toho is even close to this model.

The long introduction is because this is a release of the American version of the movie. Despite this, the opening title is in Japanese with the English title added below afterwards. Furthermore, the first ten minutes are all in Japanese, with no burned in subtitles either. You have to turn on the captions, which are actually subtitles for this segment. So if one is bracing for a butchered version, this isn't it.

As for the quality of this release, the video and audio presentations are okay while the extras are very light with a single trailer present.


 Video: Star Rating


To start with the positive for the video presentation, the source used here is in incredible shape. Virtually no source damage at all, and it really looks pristine. This is somewhat a surprise as the screen captures on the back of the DVD case look awful, but must have been from a different source. Sadly, the great shape of the source is betrayed somewhat by the amount of compression here. This causes artifacts and pixilation while the image also looks soft. As for the colors, they are distinct, but lack in vibrancy.

None But the Brave is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.

 

 Audio: Star Rating


None But the Brave
features one audio track, which is technically the English track but there is a lot of Japanese in there as well. This is presented in a mono format, and quality is okay. The clarity could be a tad higher, but no overt inconsistencies are heard during the course of the movie.

The film can be accompanied with removable English "captions", although these double as subtitles during the numerous Japanese scenes. As a side note, the captions are ugly here, looking quite blocky like a computer read out from the early 1990's.

 

 Extras: Star Rating


The disc has a singular extra on it, which is the US trailer for the movie. This trailer is actually pretty "meaty", as it clocks in at a little over four minutes. It's complete with an introduction by Frank Sinatra, although this segment is quite cheesy as there is a mock moment of him directing before it moves to him talking about the film. Sadly the quality is subpar on this trailer. There is a fair amount of source damage and the audio could be clearer, although the biggest issue is that it's presented at a 1.33:1 aspect ratio with large black areas above and below rather than being anamorphic like the main movie is here.

 

 Overview: Star Rating


Bottom line, this is not a bad release. It could be better, and the source would hint that Warner Bros. could produce an excellent version one day. Hopefully they do, either on Blu-ray or something else without the level of compression seen here. Until they do, this is a fine way to watch the movie.