French Ozu DVD info (Re: Mizogouchi)
Tue Nov 13 22:51:17 EST 2001
On Tuesday 13 November 2001 05:23, "Jasper Sharp" <jasper_sharp at hotmail.com>
> If you are a French reader, 2 Ozu DVDs have been put out on Les Filmes de
> Ma Vie label in France as a double disc set for the very reasonable price
> of 189 francs - yes they are out now. Try fnac.fr or amazon.fr. Also
> there's a Mizoguchi disc too. I picked them all up this last weekend - I'll
> post with more details (the titles, for example!) a little later. The same
> label also put out Kinugasa's JIGOKUMON / LA PORTE D'ENFER a while back.
I just got my Ozu DVD set today (courtesy of www.alapage.com -- always
cheaper than Amazon, sometimes a little cheaper, and sometimes a little more
expensive than FNAC). Only French subtitles, alas (as expected).
The Tokyo Story DVD looks better than the New Yorker video (as I recollect
it), but does not seem to be based on as good-looking a source as the Hong
Kong VCD. Because it is a higher resolution medium than the VCD, however, it
looks about as good (but a DVD based on the source of the VCD would
presumably be better yet).
The Autumn Afternoon/Taste of Mackerel/Samma no aji DVD is a big improvement
over the New Yorker video release. Color is more lively and the image is
N.B. Since my DVD player is doing a PAL->NTSC conversion, these might look a
bit better on a PAL television.
I'll be interested in hearing what the Fravidis release of Mizoguchi's Ugetsu
is like (that's the only French Mizoguchi DVD I've found mentioned so far).
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