( aka "Tokyo orimpikku" )

directed by Kon Ichikawa
Japan 1965

A spectacle of magnificent proportions, Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad ranks among the greatest documents of sport ever committed to film. Utilizing glorious widescreen cinematography, Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, creating a catalogue of extraordinary observations that range from the expansive to the intimate. The glory, despair, passion, and suffering of Olympic competition are rendered with lyricism and technical mastery, culminating in an inspiring testament to the beauty of the human body and the strength of the human spirit.

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DVD Review: Criterion -   Region 1 DVD

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 155  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:49:30  
Video 2.35:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 5.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Bitrate: Criterion 

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Production Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

DVD Encoding: Region 1
Layers: Dual

Film negative format (mm/video inches)

35 mm

Cinematographic process


Printed film format

35 mm

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Film Historian Peter Cowie

• 1992 video interview with Kon Ichikawa
• New high-definition digital transfer and improved subtitle translation
• Liner Notes by Legendary Sports Writer George Plimpton
• Complete List of Winners In All Events
• Symposium On Tokyo Olympiad, Excerpted From the Cinematheque Ontario Book Kon Ichikawa
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 41

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 155  Region 1 - NTSC

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