(aka 'Official Gold' or 'Steel Edge of Revenge')
Hideo Gosha's "Goyokin," an elaborate but undistinguished Japanese samurai
movie with a bleeding, liberal heart, is about Mogobei (Tatsuya Nakadai), an
enlightened Oriental equivalent to Tonino Valerii + Sergio Leone's
Name is Nobody.
Theatrical Release: May 1st, 1969 - Tokyo
DVD Review: Tokyo Shock - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Tokyo Shock - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 7.9 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)|
One of the better films of the samurai genre that I have ever seen but the DVD is a bit weak. Although tight to the edges of the frame it is not progressive and exhibits fine combing in all horizontal pans (see last capture). With nothing to compare it to it is hard to know whether it was simply taken from an unconverted PAL standard source - which is possible. The 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio has been maintained and I see no digital manipulation (unless the blacks are slightly boosted) - always a good sign to give a film-like representation. Hence it appears quite dark. Subtitles are clear and seem accurate although perhaps a little on the large side. There are no extras aside from a trailer and some other Tokyo Shock DVD previews. It seems a shade on the higher priced side but the highly lauded film is essential (and rare) samurai viewing. Hardcore genre buffs will absolutely want this disc in their DVD libraries.