DVD Title
One Missed Call
International Title
One Missed Call
DVD Length Original Length
113 Minutes 112 Minutes
Company Year of Manufacture
Tokyo Shock 2005
Language Subtitles
Japanese, English English
Region Number of Discs
1 2
Aspect Ratio Sound
1.85:1 (Anamorphic) 2.0 Stereo, 5.1 Surround
Extras
. Menus (English)
. Chapters (12)
. Trailers: One Missed Call (#1, #2, #3, TV spot #1, TV spot #2, TV spot #3, TV spot #4, TV Spot #5, TV Spot #6), Visitor Q, Ichi the Killer, Deadly Outlaw Rekka, Izo, Fudoh, Choking Hazard, Rojo Sangre, Hiruko the Goblin
. Making of Documentary (57 minutes)
. Cast and Crew Interviews (14 minutes)
. Alternate Ending (4 minutes)
. Interview with Takashi Miike (20 minutes)
. Screenings (14 minutes)
. A Day with the Mizunuma Family (2 minutes)
. TV Show Special (21 minutes)
Captures
Review

Do Tokyo Shock's wonders ever cease? This release will, with good reason, put the firm on the map for Japanese movie buffs as the premium company to look to for quality releases, which is even better considering how cheap their discs retail for. In total, there is more than four hours worth of content here to watch, not counting the trailers, which is sprawled across this amazing two disc set. Granted, at first, One Missed Call might seem like an odd candidate for the two disc treatment; however, Tokyo Shock appears to have played their cards right, as the film is being prepared to be remade in the US so the firm's early accusation of One Missed Call is likely to pay off while netting them some much deserved attention in the process.

Anyway, this disc is not flawless, as the video presentation does have its problems, but the audio and, most certainly, the extras are so above and beyond here that each is some of the best featured in a Toho release, regardless of region.


 Video: Star Rating

Not a bad video transfer, but it does lack in a couple of spots. The brightness level is probably the most difficult area to gauge, although one thing is for sure: it's set too low. How much this effects the viewing experience will depend on the set up, as on the monitor that I use to conduct these reviews I found a good deal of the movie hard to make out, in particular the very dark sequences at the hospital. However, trying the disc out on a couple of TVs, with the brightness maxed, gave much better results, although that still might be a cumbersome step to take for some to view the movie. Case in point, if all one sees in this shot is pure black (without seeing the character on the ceiling) then chances are their current monitor will have trouble with some of the scenes. As for the other aspects, they are done well enough, although nothing really here to give high marks to. The colors are an example of this, as they lack a vibrant array but are still distinct, with no signs of discoloring. In regards to digital inconsistencies, there is a small hint of artifacting and shimmering (a rainbow band of colors on small details), but the darkness of the DVD makes this aspect mostly unnoticeable. As for the shape of the print used for the transfer: it's fairly good, although there is a noticeable layer of grain throughout the movie.

One Missed Call is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is Anamorphic for widescreen TVs.


 Audio:

Tokyo Shock has done a flawless job with the audio presentation here, and the abundance in the number of options is much appreciated. In fact, there are four audio tracks in total on this disc: a 5.1 Japanese surround track, a 5.1 English surround track, a 2.0 Japanese stereo track, and a 2.0 English stereo track. So no matter one's audio set up, or preference in watching the movie in Japanese or dubbed, Tokyo Shock has them covered. The speaker distinction on all of the tracks is astounding as well, as screeching glass and screams come through beautifully on the four tracks, with a very eerie sense of realism to them.

One Missed Call is accompanied by, removable, English subtitles that have two settings: one to translate text only (as a companion for the dubbed track) and the other is a full translation of everything.


 Extras:

The gloves are off. If there was any reference disc for how the supplemental content on Toho, produced and distributed, releases in region 1 should be handled, Tokyo Shock's One Missed Call would have to be that reference point. In total, across this two disc set, there is 132 minutes of added content, which excludes counting the wealth of trailers present (3 regular, 6 TV spots and 8 trailers to other movies). To put it simply, there is so much present here that it's difficult to tackle, so I will try to run it down, one at a time, very briefly.

First off, it should be mentioned that almost all of the added content appears on the second disc in the set, save the 11 trailers (the 6 TV spots appear on the second disc). The best extra here is, without question, the very lengthy "Making of Documentary", which spans across an hour with 9 chapter breaks. The feature itself is done in Japanese, and includes toggle-able (i.e. can be removed) English subtitles. The documentary is very informative, as it follows the production from its early conception from director Takashi Miike to the wrap of the movie itself. There is a run down of most of the sequences in the movie, giving a general feel of what the cast was going through and what the mood was like. It's a feature that those, even with very little interest in the movie, should probably watch as it's so well done.

Next up is the cast and crew interviews, which is 14 minutes long, in Japanese, with toggle-able English subtitles. The feature is nice, although most of the best parts of this were spliced into the documentary with better results. There are a total of four people interviewed here: Kou Shibasaki (who plays Yumi Nakamura), Shinichi Tsutsumi (who plays Hiroshi Yamashita), Kazue Fukiishi (who plays Natsumi Konishi), and Takashi Miike (director).

Following that is an "Alternate Ending" for the movie, which totals 4 minutes (in Japanese, of course) and features removable English subtitles. It's hard not to spoil it, although the site itself hardly refrains from doing so with most of the content, so I will just say it's a joke ending to the movie which is pretty amusing.

After that is a 20 minute interview with director Miike, which was conducted by Tokyo Shock so that alone makes this the definitive version of the movie to own in any region. The interview is done in Japanese with English subtitles that can't be removed, they have been burned onto the footage. The interview itself is very informative, and in particular interest should be where Miike explains the ending of the movie for those who didn't quite understand what the director was trying to portray (I would fall into that category the first time I watched it).

Rounding out the disc is three more features, which aren't the most interesting but still nice to look at. The first is a sequence of the movie being shown at various events, such as the Tokyo International Film Festival, and the interviews which followed. The feature is 14 minutes in length and is in Japanese, with toggle-able English subtitles. The second feature is "A Day with the Mizunuma Family", which is 2 minutes with no English subtitles. The feature is very boring, as it's an uncut look at one of the flashback sequences before it was edited, but the short run time helps one watch through. Last up is a TV Show Special, which, like the previous extra, is an uncut look at a 21 minute show that was later edited down with small segments shown during the movie itself. The show is in Japanese, with toggle-able English subtitles, and is fairly boring as well, but it's interesting to see that the whole show was constructed for the use of One Missed Call.


 Overview: Star Rating

Bottom line, Tokyo Shock has another winner on their hands. The video presentation may not be perfect, but the other aspects are so extraordinary on this release that they compensate nicely, especially given that the retail price is, more or less, average with most other DVDs.

- Anthony Romero  
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