Re: Mizoguchi– what else survives?

Trond S. Trondsen trondsen at
Mon Sep 25 21:31:47 EDT 2006

Sybil: we are using brand new (rather luminous) masters generated
by the Japanese  rightsholder, and there will be no burned-in subtitles.
There may be a ninth film as well, but there are some outstanding  
issues still.
The discs will be PAL/Region 2, but I remind you that for ~$50, you can
get a DVD player perfectly capable of playing these discs (and any  
DVD for
that matter, our upcoming Naruse box comes to mind) on any North  
TV, perfect for home of classroom use.  One of the many possibilities
are (this is the one I have):

Region coding and color formats are not the hindrances they used to be,
a couple of years ago, fortunately.


On 24-Sep-06, at 5:13 PM, SYBIL.THORNTON at wrote:

> Hi,
> Quick question:  what are you using for originals?  I ask because  
> the only
> subtitled video version of Chikamatsu monogatari was a third or fourth
> generation print and gave no indication of the quality of the  
> cinematography
> or set design, etc.
> Cheers,
> SA Thornton
> ASU, History
> Quoting "Trond S. Trondsen" <trondsen at>:
>> As an aside, I'd like to mention that we will release the
>> following Mizoguchi titles shortly, on English subtitled
>> DVD – as part of the Masters of Cinema Series:
>> Oyu-sama (Miss Oyu, 1951)
>> Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)
>> Gion bayashi (Gion Festival Music, 1953)
>> Sansho Dayu (Sansho the Bailiff, 1954)
>> Uwasa no onna (The Woman of Rumour, 1954)
>> Chikamatsu mongatari (1954)
>> Yohiki (The Empress Yang Kwei Fei, 1955)
>> Akasen chitai (Street of Shame, 1956)
>> ...though it's not yet listed on the web site itself
>> --
>> Trond S. Trondsen
>> Masters of Cinema . org
>> On 24-Sep-06, at 11:23 AM, Michael E Kerpan wrote:
>>> I saw most of these via materials NOT subtitled in English --
>>> including
>>> French-subtitled DVDs and Japanese videos and DVDs.  also I managed
>>> to see
>>> copies of some English-subbed broadcasts of rarities (originally
>> from
>>> Australia, I suspect).
>>> I watch whatever I can get (except I did pass on a Spanish _dub_ of
>>> "Madam
>>> Yuki"). ;~}
>>> MEK
>>> On Saturday 23 September 2006 21:03, Mark R. Harris wrote:
>>>> How did you manage to track all of these down? Did most of your
>>>> viewing
>>>> take place in Japan, and were most of the films un-subtitled in
>>>> English?
>>>> I'm quite impressed.

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