(aka 'Zero no shoten' or 'Zero Focus')

directed by Yoshitaro Nomura
Japan 19
61

 

  From Yoshitaro Nomura, the director of The Incident and Castle of Sand, comes the compelling mystery, Zero Focus (Zero no shoten), in which a young woman hides a dark secret from those around her with devastating consequences. Photographed in moody black and white in near documentary style and based on a bestselling novel by Seicho Matsumoto, one of Japan's most famous mystery writers, Zero Focus is a brooding tale of intrigue and suspense that will hold the viewer spellbound until the final shocking minutes. out of      

Theatrical Release: March 19th, 1961 - Tokyo

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Distribution Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:35:12 
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.70 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.

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Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Selected director filmography
• Original theatrical trailer
• Liner notes by film critic and author Ed Halter (The Village Voice)

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2004

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Perhaps not a perfect image transfer, but certainly fitting for the films noir-ish atmosphere. It surely did remind me of a 40's B-Noir with the dramatic musical score - perhaps more polished, but definitely as intriguing. Not a lot of evidence that this is a non-progressive transfer - although it is (see last capture) with some minor 'combing' apparent at times. The rest is Home Vision fine standards - excellent subtitles - original mono audio - fulfilling liner notes - an overall solid package. Big thanks to HVE for digging this complex little cracker up.out of    

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