(aka "Ghost Dog - Der Weg des Samurai (Germany)" or "Ghost Dog, la voie du samouraļ (France)")

 

directed by Jim Jarmusch
France/Germany/USA/Japan 1999

 

Ghost Dog is the name of an African-American Samurai hitman that works for a low level mobster who once saved his life. Their chief mode of communication is carrier pigeon. Ghost Dog spends most of the time with his birds on an urban rooftop practicing his martial arts and reading from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, an 18th-century warrior's guide. His best friend is an ice-cream vendor who doesn't speak a word of English.

Like his other films, Jim Jarmusch tells this story using long takes, a stationary camera, deadpan humor and a sense of melancholic irony. Most of the deeper messages of the movie are picked up by the camera instead being spoken.

Forest Whitaker is excellent in the title role. His performance gives credibility to what otherwise might come off as a cartoonish character. The same for the supporting cast. They are all eccentrics inhabiting Jarmusch's odd world and the actors make it very believable. The sountrack music by Wu Tang Clan's The RZA adds a wonderful touch.

Highly recommended!

Excerpt of review by Jonathan Rosenbaum at the Chicago reader located HERE

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Theatrical Release: France - 18 May 1999 (Cannes Film Festival), Canada - 14 September 1999 (Toronto Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Artisan Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

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Runtime 116'
Video

1.77:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.72 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 English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Isolated Music Score by The RZA (Dolby Surround 2.0)
Subtitles non-removable English during certain scenes
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artisan Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
• Single Disc, Dual Layer
• Closed-captioned
• Isolated Music Score by The Wu-Tang Clan's The RZA
• Deleted Scenes
• 30 minute special feature The Odyssey: Journey Into the Life of a Samurai

DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Comments The transfer is unusual in that much of it looks great and some only acceptable. This can also be seen on the bit rate viewer. Although the average bit rate is 5.72 Mb/s at times the image hovers in the 7-9 Mb/s range.

Color leans toward red and appear s a little oversaturated. Contrast and detail are good with some film grain visible. The image is generally dark, though this might be due to a lot of the movie taking place during dusk and at night.

Audio is well balanced with the surround channels kicking in mostly during the action sequences. The RZA's cooly rhythmic soundtrack makes good use of the subwoofer without being overwhelming.

As Jim Jarmusch owns the negatives to his films and is said to supervise his own transfers we can only assume the he released this DVD the way he wanted it to be seen. It would be interesting to see a comparison of this DVD in other regions.
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 - Gregg Ferencz

 

 






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