(aka 'The Castle of Sand' or 'Suna no utsuwa')

directed by Yoshitaro Nomura
Japan 1974

 

  Based on Matsumoto Seicho's best selling novel, Yoshitaro Nomura's (Demon, Zero Focus) The Castle of Sand, is a fascinating mystery/thriller which subtly weaves three separate stories together (one a brilliantly realized flashback of the past). A veteran and a rookie detective are searching for a murderer of an elderly cop at a Tokyo railway station. Although initially it may seem a standard 'police story' it evolves quite handsomely into a complex and tightly structured human drama about unsuccessfully attempting to escape your past. The well-bound conclusion helps signify this as a very worthy viewing experience. Close to a masterpiece. Very highly recommended.

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: October 19th, 1974 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Panorama - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Panorama - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 2:22:45 
Video 1.61:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.33 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) 
Subtitles English, Simplified Chinese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.61:1

Edition Details:

• 8 page handbill

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2003

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Comments:

Sometimes I state that the DVD looks superior to the posted screen caps, but in this instance I think it definitely looks worse. Rife with combing the non-anamorphic and non-progressive image is a mess with blown-out saturated colors, scratches and damage prevalent. The aspect ratio is 1.61 but I'll wager it should be much wider (IMdb says 2.35). It has one of the lowest bitrates I have seen in a while. Even the subtitles take a brief break in the middle. There are no digital extras. This is a bad DVD. So, as the DVD is very weak I only recommend this as a purchase for the film itself which I feel deserves far better. If anyone knows about an alternative release of this very strong film please let me know. The only real positive about this Panorama DVD is that it allowed me to see the film.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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CLICK to order from:

Thinking of buying from YesAsia? CLICK HERE and use THIS UPDATED BEAVER PAGE to source their very best...

or you can buy in the Yoshitaro Nomura Boxset which includes Furueru shita (1980) aka Writhing Tongue, Jiken (1978) aka The Incident, Suna no utsuwa (1974) aka The Castle of Sand , Yatsu haka-mura (1977) aka Village of Eight Gravestones.

Distribution Panorama - Region 0 - NTSC




 

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