Page 1 of 10 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 94

Thread: Japanese DVD / BD News (Don't Expect Subs)

  1. #1
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093

    Japanese DVD / BD News (Don't Expect Subs)

    I thought some of you might be interested what's going on in the land of the rising skirt. I probably won't be posting too much in this thread since the market is pretty much dead, and I rarely buy anything because I prioritize seeing old films in theaters. Anyway.

  2. #2
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093


    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Kadokawa 4K Scanning Blu-Ray: Post 1/2

    Here's a brief look at the new Blu-Ray released by Kadokawa in December 2014. Not to be confused with the earlier BD that came out a few years ago. I didn't sit down and watch the entire film this time, so this is just first impressions.

    Video
    Well, this is certainly an improvement. The film came out on remastered DVD and BD a few years ago, but judging by the screen captures the BD seemed quite underwhelming, possibly even an upscale. This new BD comes from a 4K scan and looks nice to my bad eyes. It does have a bit more grain that I expected, and I'm not so sure if all of that is film grain (see the motorcycle cap in the next post) but anyway...

    The disc includes both the theatrical (111 min) and the extended (130 min) versions. The new scenes are integrated into the film via seamless branching, but at least on my PS3 there's a small pause after (yes, after, not before) each new scene. That's quite irritating if you want to view the longer version. The picture quality seems the same for the new scenes as the main version.

    Click on the screens for full version. Comparison in the next post.













    4





    Audio
    The original mono (PCM) sounds perfectly fine. There's also a 5.1 mix (DTS-HD MA) which doesn't seem to have any added crap on it, though I only briefly checked both tracks.

    Extras
    Kadokawa is known for being sketchy with the extras. Most of their original DVD releases, which came out more than 10 years ago, came with a great extras, such as interviews, music videos and behind the scenes footage. Their remastered DVD re-releases, which came out a few years ago, as well as BD releases, however, dropped nearly all of those extras.

    This new Sailor Suit BD is a bit of a mixed bag. I never owned the original DVD release but it seems the extras are the same: Teaser, Trailer, Extended Version Trailer (double feature trailer with footage from Yosooi no Machi *) and TV spot. I had never seen most of these as I only owned the Hiroko Yakushimaru Box Set (with the Extended Version of the film), which however came with an extra disc featuring Hiroko documentary and a silly Hiroko tribute music video. Those extras are all missing from here.

    The disc also offers a possibility to watch the added scenes one by one from the extras menu. Also, there's a re-printed (and resized)version of the original theatrical pamphlet (20 pages). I own the original (with 4A size pages) so I don't really need it, but it's certainly a great extra for those who don't have it.

    * Yosooi no Machi (装いの街) is a television special drama or TV movie from 1978. I belive only one episode was produced, and Hiroko was in it. They showed this episode in cinemas as a double feature with Sailor Suit's Extended Version in 1982.

    Teaser






    Footage from Yosooi no Machi in the double feature trailer






    Here's a picture from the original pamphet. The one that comes with the BD is identical but smaller.
    Last edited by Takuma; 12-06-2014 at 02:28 PM.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093
    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun: Kadokawa 4K Scanning Blu-Ray: Post 2/2

    Top: IVL R3 HK (111 min original version)
    Middle: Kadokawa R2J (130 min complete version)
    Bottom: Kadokawa 4K Scan BD (111 min original version)




































  4. #4
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093
    And, well, I already posted about the Hiroko Yakushimaru Premium DVD Box Set in the other thread some months ago, but maybe it's better to copy them here as well so that everything is in one place. Here goes:

    Hiroko Yakushimaru Premium DVD Box Set: Post 1/3

    I have the Hiroko Yakushimaru Premium Box Set which includes Tonda Couple (Somai, 1980), Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (extended version, 1982) and Main Theme (Morita, 1984) + bonus disc and 1/6 size sailor suit (no kidding!).





    Sailor Suit and Machine Gun(1981)


    Main Theme (1984)


    Tonda Couple (1980)

  5. #5
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093
    Hiroko Yakushimaru Premium DVD Box Set: Post 2/3

    Bonus disc

    The bonus dvd contains two features. The first one is ’Sensational Hiroko’ music video, which is basically just three guys singing ”senzeezonal HIROKO” with short clips of Hiroko edited in. It’s sillybut works like a drug. Watch it a few times and you won’t be able to live without it anymore.











    The main feature is a 43 minute interview with Hiroko. She discusses about her Kadokawa films and singing career. Plenty of great behind the scenes stills are shown during the interview but unfortunately there isn’t any behind the scenes video footage.


















    (director shinji somai in the middle)






  6. #6
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093
    Hiroko Yakushimaru Premium DVD Box Set: Post 3/3

    So what's different between the two versions?

    1981 Theatrical Version: 112 min
    1982 Extended Version: 131 min

    Scene 1 (2:50)
    Extended scene. After Hiroko returns to her apartment, which has been turned upside down, she goes to a cafe with the detective to talk about her dad.





    Scene 2 (1:15)
    New scene. Hiroko drying her hair. Any footage of Hiroko drying her hair makes a film automatically better, so this is a good addition.





    Scene 3 (0:30)
    New scene. Hiroko and and the young gang member crossing the street. This is a nice little addition, partly thanks to the music.





    Scene 4 (9:38 )
    New scene. This is the biggest addition. Hiroko goes to meet a gangster alone and almost gets raped. Doesn't really suit the film, and Hiroko gets in trouble too many times in the film anyway.









    Scene 5 (3:14)
    New scene. Hiroko waiting for the ganster to arrive after she has been kidnapped. Has some nice moments but isn't really necessary.





    Scene 6 (1:13)
    Extended scene. Not really necessary.





    Bottom line: some good additions, some not so good additions. It's not really better or worse than the theatrical version.

  7. #7
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093
    Here are all the 4K Scan BDs Kadokawa has released

    Kadokawa also released some other films on 4K Scan Blu Rays...

    Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)
    The Beast Must Die (1980)
    The Girl who Leapt Through Time (1982)
    Fancy Dance (1989) (also in a box set)
    Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992) (also in a box set)
    Shall We Dance? (1996) (also in a box set)





    Last edited by Takuma; 12-06-2014 at 02:50 PM.

  8. #8
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093
    Toei is celebrating their dead heroes in HD.

    Abashiri Prison BD Box Set I
    - Films 1-5
    - March 13, 2015

    Brutal Tales of Chivalry BD Box Set I
    - Films 1-5
    - May 13, 2015

    Abashiri Prison BD Box Set II
    - Films 6-10
    - June 10, 2015

    Brutal Tales of Chivalry BD Box Set I
    - Films 6-9
    - July 8, 2015



    Detective Story TV series BD Box Set
    - 2015/03/13
    - http://www.toei-video.co.jp/BD/tantei.html

    Takakura Ken Leading Roles: Toei Selection BD Box Set
    - Bullet Train (1975)
    - Winter's Flower (1978)
    - Dôran (1980)
    - Railroad Man (1999)
    - The Firefly (2001)
    - 2015/04/08

    New Battles without Honor and Humanity BD Box Set
    - Films 1-3
    - 2015/04/08
    - http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_d...num_sid=942838

    Cops vs. Thugs (1975)
    - 2015/04/08
    - http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_d...num_sid=942840

    New Battles without Honor and Humanity: Aftermath (1979)
    - 2015/05/13
    - http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_d...num_sid=942839


  9. #9
    Senior Member Takuma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    2,093
    Toei already released Bunta Sugawara's two most popular series on BD before

    Truck Yaro (1975-1979)





    Battles Without Honor and Humanity



    Disc 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity (Blu-Ray)
    Disc 2: Deadly Battle in Hiroshima (Blu-Ray)
    Disc 3: Proxy War (Blu-Ray)
    Disc 4: Police Tactics (Blu-Ray)
    Disc 5: Final Chapter (Blu-Ray)
    Disc 6: Battles without Honor and Humanity: Soushuu hen (224 minute re-edit of the films) (Blu-Ray)
    Disc 7: NHK Documentary: The Men who Made Battles Without Honor and Humanity (90 min) (DVD)
    + Booklet 1 (16 pages)
    + Booklet 2 (28 pages)
    + 30 Lobby Cards (6 for each 5 films)

    Trailers and info screens ("conflict map") should also be found on the film discs.


  10. #10
    Administrator Ian Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Queens, NYC
    Posts
    63,699
    I would so gladly upgrade on so many of these releases if they had subs.... it's enough to make you cry a little bit.
    Rock! Shock! Pop!

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-10-2016, 12:42 PM
  2. Fan Subs
    By Dom D in forum Euro Cult
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 09-13-2012, 05:28 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •