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(aka "Nora Inu" or "Stray Dog")

Japan 1949

A bad day gets worse for young detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo’s sweltering streets for the stray dog whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, cop and criminal’s lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami’s own dark side. Starring Toshiro Mifune, as the rookie cop, and Takeshi Shimura, as the seasoned detective who keeps him on the right side of the law, Stray Dog (Nora Inu) goes beyond a crime thriller, probing the squalid world of postwar Japan and the nature of the criminal mind through the great Akira Kurosawa.


Theatrical Release: October 17th, 1949 - Japan

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DVD Review: Criterion -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 233  - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:02:28
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.47 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
• 'Akira Kurosawa: It is Wonderful to Create', a 32-minute documentary on the making of Stray Dog
• A printed booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and an excerpt from Kurosawa's autobiography, Something Like an Autobiography, in which he discusses the production of Stray Dog

DVD Release Date:
May 18th, 2004
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Chapters: 19




I understand from all the other releases of this film available on DVD that the print must be in very bad shape. I don't think too much has been done to improve the poor state. There are visible damage marks and lines through the film. The DVD is dark and hazy at times. Of course, I'll still wager it is the best image and subtitles for this film available anywhere, but it is one of the poorer Kurosawa Criterion releases. Good Extras - commentary and short featurette, but one day someone will either find a healthier print or technology will help make an affordable restoration possible.    out of

Gary W. Tooze


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