(aka 'Hyryuu-gai' or 'The City of Lost Souls' or 'The City of Strangers' or 'The Hazard City')

 

directed by Takashi Miike
Japan 2000


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Theatrical Release: September 15th, 2000 - Canada (Toronto Film Festival)

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DVD Comparison:

Mei Ah - Region All - NTSC vs.  Chimera / Ventura - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Ole Kofoed for the Screen Caps!

(Mei Ah - Region All - NTSC - LEFT vs.  - Chimera / Ventura - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Mei Ah (Hong Kong)

Region All  - NTSC

Ventura
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:20 1:42:48
Video

1.77:1 Aspect Ratio


Average Bitrate: 8.34 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

 

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced


Average Bitrate: 6.80 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

 

Bitrate:

Mei Ah

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Chimera / Ventura

 

Audio Japanese and Cantonese (Dub) Dolby Digital 5.1 / 2.1 and DTS 5.1

Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles English, Chinese or none. English or none.
Features Release Information:
Studio: Mei Ah

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 1.77:1

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer for Goodbye Mr. Cool (1:29).
• Flipper DVD (The movie is spread over both sides of the DVD)

Keep Case

Chapters: 9

Release Information:
Studio: Chimera / Ventura

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1


Edition Details:

• Making of the City of the Lost Souls (5:39).
• Escape from Tokyo (interactive trivia game).
• 1 Trailer / 3 Teasers and TV spot.
• Trailers for Audition, Mansion of the Black Rose, Happiness of the Katakuris and Blackmail is My Life.
• Miike Bio/Filmography.

Keep Case

Chapters: 24

Comments:

The anamorphic picture from Chimera looks very nice, especially compared to bleak colors of Mei Ah disc.  Chimera is a little too dark, but overall the picture quality is better.  Mei Ah disc is a flipper, so the bitrate is only for one side. It has DTS mix, but we were unable to sample it. There's some nice extras with Region 1 disc, like a short making-of doc and a bunch of trailers, so overall recommendation is to go with Region 1 Chimera.  

 - Gregory Meshman.

 



 

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The Japan Journals : 1947-2004,

by  Donald Richie

The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film
by Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp

Kon Ichikawa (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs)

by James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario

Shohei Imamura (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 1)
by James Quandt
Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (Midland Book, Mb 469)
by David Desser
The Films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Ritchie

Tokyo Story

by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, Donald Richie, Eric Klestadt

Ozu by Donald Ritchie

A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie

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(Mei Ah - Region All - NTSC - TOP vs.  - Chimera / Ventura - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 

 


(Mei Ah - Region All - NTSC - TOP vs. - Chimera / Ventura - Region 1 - NTSC - Bottom)

 

 


 

(Mei Ah - Region All - NTSC - TOP vs. - Chimera / Ventura - Region 1 - NTSC - Bottom)

 

 

 

DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

Thinking of buying from YesAsia? CLICK HERE and use THIS UPDATED BEAVER PAGE to source their very best...

Distribution

Mei Ah (Hong Kong)

Region All  - NTSC

Ventura
Region 1 - NTSC

 


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Image:

Chimera / Ventura

Sound:

Not compared.

Extras: Chimera / Ventura
Menu: Chimera / Ventura

 




 


 

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