Love and Pop


directed by Hideaki Anno
Japan 1998

"As for the film, I'm sure Shunji Iwai must like it a lot, as I can see it being an inspiration for LILY CHOU-CHOU NO SUBETE, in particular the Tsuda Shiori story. He even used the exact same Debussy piece twice! And of course he later went on to work with Hideaki Anno on SHIKI-JITSU, which is finally coming out on DVD in 2003. Unfortunately there are no English subtitles."                      



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DVD REVIEW: KING Records  Region 2 - NTSC

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Cast and Crew

Directed by 
Hideaki Anno 

Writing credits : 
Hideaki Anno 
Akio Satsukawa 

Produced by 
Toshimichi Otsuki 

Original Music by 
Shinkichi Mitsumune 

Cinematography by 
Takahide Shibanushi 

Tadanobu Asano .... Captain XX 
Megumi Hayashibara .... Voice 
Akira Ishida (I) .... Voice 
Kirari .... Chisa Noda 
Hirono Kudo .... Nao Yokoi 

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

  • Released by King Records
    Region 2, Japan
    NTSC, color
    110 min 16 seconds
  • Release Date: 2000/01/01

    Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 and 1.33:1, always 16:9 enhanced
  • Film-sourced
  • Average bit rate: 6.53 mbps
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 kbps)
  • No subtitles

    - 11 trailers/tv-spots
    - 2 making-of documentaries (17 and 28 minutes)

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Visually the film is maximum eye candy, with every shot being highly original and beautiful and real. Shot on camcorders, switching between 16:9 and 4:3 all the time. Sometimes even the 4:3 picture switches between left and right side of the 16:9 frame, or the picture is squeezed, distorted etc.

Picture of the DVD is really wonderful. Transferred from film with proper flags so it plays perfectly in weave mode on your htpc. Looking past the camcorder source material the picture is very natural and clear with very good detail and colors and not a trace of edge enhancement or excessive filtering. Perfect 0 ire black level with excellent shadow detail like the best Japanese DVD's. A king records release, but the extremely high picture quality is reminiscent of a Norman's Nose release.

Note: Filmed using miniature digital cameras.

.  out of Jeroen

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