(aka "All About Lily Chou Chou" or "Riri Shushu no subete" or "Lily Chou-Chou no subete")

 

directed by Shunji Iwai
Japan 2001

 

"What a trip!  Style is typical Iwai, but the story is nothing like his previous works.  Some scenes are quite hard to watch, something I didn't expect.  Very dark and sad film start to finish.  Extremely powerful and highly stylized images and the music is just amazing.  What impressed me the most is how the film appears to be cut with almost mathematical efficiency, which is quite impressive for a film that runs almost two and a half hour.  There's no filler anywhere, every shot has meaning is important to the story.  Scenes begin and end abruptly, not wasting time on form.

Jeroen

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Theatrical Release: 6 October 2001

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Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Geert Jan Alsem and Jeroen for all the Screen Caps!

(Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC LEFT vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC - 2nd vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC - 3rd vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Home Vision

Region 1 - NTSC

Panorama

Region 0 - NTSC

Norman's Nose
Region 2 - NTSC
Optimum
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:25:55 2:20:09 (4% PAL speedup) 2:26:05 2:26:05
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.31 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.95 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Home Vision

 

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Panorama (HK)

 

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Norman's Nose (JP)

 

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Optimum (UK)

 

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround

Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround

Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 surround

Subtitles English, None English, Chinese, None Japanese, None NO ENGLISH! English (non-removable)
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Making of Documentary
• Director biography and filmography
• Trailer reel
• Essay by director Shunji Iwai
• Music Video: "Wings That Can't Fly"

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2005
Chapters
24

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:

none

DVD Release Date: March 17th, 2003
Chapters 12

 

Release Information:
Studio: Norman's Nose

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• I believe the 2 disc version is out of print, so no extra features on the single disc.

 

DVD Release Date: unknown

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Optimum

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer

 

DVD Release Date: July 28th, 2003
Chapters 16

 

 

 

 

Comments If you don't need English subtitles, the R2 JP has by far the best picture quality. The new Home Vision looks only marginally better than the Panorama (HK) edition. The R2 UK is non-anamorphic and has burned in subtitles, which are not 16X9 friendly.

The NTSC (HK) DVD has a 4% speedup. As far as definitive English-friendly releases go, I suspect the Home Vision is best, but it looks so dark and hazy it is hard to give it the nod of any approval.
This beautiful movie shouldn't be seen with such dark and washed out colors as are in the Panorama and Home Vision. What a shame.

The translation on all three English subtitled releases are the same. I'd wait for a superior release, although I don't know of one coming soon. many true fans will use DVDSubber and follow a script with the Japanese release. Although I love Iwai, I won't be doing that.

 - Geert Jan Alsem and Gary Tooze

 

 





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(Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC TOP vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC - 2nd vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC - 3rd vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC TOP vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC - 2nd vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC - 3rd vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC TOP vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC - 2nd vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC - 3rd vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC TOP vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC - 2nd vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC - 3rd vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC TOP vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC - 2nd vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC - 3rd vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC TOP vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 0 - NTSC - 2nd vs. Norman's Nose (JP) - Region 2 - NTSC - 3rd vs. Optimum (UK) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM) 

 

 


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