Japan-made DVD quality
Michael E Kerpan Jr
Mon Jan 28 19:18:06 EST 2002
Ted Mills wrote:
>Could anyone comment on the quality of DVDs coming from Japan? Because of
>their price, .... Seeings we're talking about many
>of these classics coming out soon (the Ichikawa and Teshigahara sets for
>example), I'd be curious as to how close the Japanese companies get to
>matching the U.S.'s--generally--high standards.
So far, most of the Japanese DVDs I've seen have been of very good
quality. For instance, the Buena Vista releases of Ghibli films have
been first-rate in every respect (except perhaps the use of dub-titles
instead of real subtitles in some cases). Early DVD (1998-9) releases
sometimes had little or nothing in the way of menus (or extras), but
were otherwise fine. I haven't gotten any Japanese stinkers (knock on
wood), but I don't know that I've gotten enough DVDs to constitute a
>That is, all except for
>FoxLorber who should be shut down entirely.
I think you are being overly generous to American companies. New
Yorker's offerings have often been quite disappointing. Image's stuff
is variable. But FoxLorber's Yi Yi was prety bad -- and their pan-n-scan
release of Puppetmaster is not supposed to be so great.
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