(aka "Beauty of the Underworld" or "Ankokugai no Bijo")

Japan 195

The moment he’s released from prison, the honorable gangster Miyamoto recovers the stolen diamonds he had stashed before getting pinched. When he returns to his old haunt to make good by a friend who took a bullet for him, he is diverted by the greedy Boss Oyane and his insatiable taste for Miyamoto’s precious stones.

By the age of 75, master of style, Seijun Suzuki had consistently been at the forefront of cinematic cool for over five decades. From Quentin Tarantino to Jim Jarmusch, Suzuki’s influence on the contemporary action genre is undeniable. Now, at 80, Suzuki is entertaining an ever wider and younger audience with his latest theatrical release Pistol Opera.

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DVD Review: Home Vision -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Home Vision - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:27:00
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.64 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 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio(s):
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Black & White
• Director Filmography
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004

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Chapters: 18

Comments: Another Fine Suzuki film presented on DVD by Home Vision. This has their usual quality - great removable subtitles- true aspect ratio (wonderful 2.35) - visible film grain - and slight on Extras. I can only assume if this did have some substantial Extra Features that all 3 recent Suzuki films would be worthy of dawning the Criterion label. I just LOVE having these campy, stylistic films in my collection. No one else would do them with this quality. Bravo Home Vision!  out of        

Gary W. Tooze

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