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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'My Sons' or 'Musuko')

directed by Yoji Yamada
Japan 1991


Divided into simply labeled interludes this essential melodramatic masterpiece from Yoji Yamada (Home From the Sea) includes numerous universal familial markers including Yasujiri Ozu's themes of generational variances and the conflict of an encroaching new Japan upon the older traditional one. This is not just good cinema folks but a magnificent product of a sensitive and insightful window on the dealing with advancing parental years and viewing perspectives from a protective son trying to do the right thing, another seeking his place in the world and a the father striving to maintain dignity and independence. I can't say enough about this and will be seeking and reviewing more from Yamada very soon (including the 5 film Boxset HERE). Watching this film was pure joy and I, of course, give it our highest recommendation. out of

Gary W. Tooze

  Theatrical Release: October 12th, 1991 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Panorama - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Panorama Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:54:48 
Video 2.01:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.33 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.


Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Simplified Chinese, None

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.01:1

Edition Details:

• 8-page playbill hand booklet

DVD Release Date: May 31st, 2005
Keep Case
Chapters: 12





Well, quite a poor image again from Panorama. I am doubly upset with it as I adore Yamada's cinema so much, but (he says with a  big sigh) at least it gives one the opportunity to see this wonderful film.

Non-progressive, non-anamorphic, contrast is a little heavy in darker scenes, two episodes of frame flicker but the subtitles are at least fair. The film translated well for me even with all those inferiorities. Standard Panorama extras (text screen bios and 8-page hand playbill). I feel like I am doing this a lot lately but I still recommend this DVD simply for the ability to see this marvelous film. Hopefully, a superior edition will surface but it is unlikely at present.

Gary W. Tooze


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