(aka 'The Happiness of the Katakuris' or 'Katakuri-ke no k˘fuku')

directed by Takashi Miike
Japan 2001


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Theatrical Release: October 31th, 2001 - Japan

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DVD Comparison:

Fortex - Region 3 - NTSC vs.  Chimera / Ventura - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution

Fortex (Hong Kong)

Region 3  - NTSC

Ventura
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:52:24 1:52:24
Video

1.75:1 Aspect Ratio


Average Bitrate: 5.16 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.78 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Fortex

 

Bitrate:

Chimera / Ventura

 

Audio Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0

Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1

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

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen - 1.75:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:29).

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Chapters: 9

Release Information:
Studio: Chimera / Ventura

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1


Edition Details:

• Making of (30:42).
• Interview with Takashi Miike (32:31).
• Commentary with Takashi Miike (In Japanese - not subtitled).
• The above commentary dubbed in English.
• Takashi Miike Bio/Filmography.
• Trailers for Happiness of the Katakuris/Audition/City of Lost Souls/Everything Put Together/Mansion of the Black Rose.

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Chapters: 24

Comments:

Easy one - The Chimera/Ventura release has better sound, picture and extras. The Fortex version is also cropped on all 4 sides. There is also an overabundance of red in the Fortex image and it is no where near s sharp as the The Chimera/Ventura release.    

- Ole Kofoed.



 

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Image:

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Sound:

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Extras: Chimera / Ventura
Menu: Chimera / Ventura

 

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Distribution

Fortex (Hong Kong)

Region 3  - NTSC

Ventura
Region 1 - NTSC

 





 

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