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(aka 'Hijosen no onna' or 'Dragnet Girl')

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Japan 1933

 

This silent gangster picture by Yasujiro Ozu (1933), about a typist determined to make her criminal boyfriend go straight, is one of the most striking of Ozu's American-style silents. It stars the great Kinuyo Tanaka, who later played the title role in Mizoguchi's The Life of Oharu and subsequently became a director herself (the first Japanese woman to do so).

Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum's review at The Chicago Reader located HERE

Theatrical Release: April 27th, 1933 - Tokyo

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DVD Comparison:

Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC vs. Eclipse series 42: Silent Ozu - Three Crime Dramas- Region 1 - NTSC

(Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC - TOP vs. Eclipse/ Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

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Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC Eclipse / Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:39:27  1:39:57 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.86 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.

Bitrate: Panorama

Bitrate: Criterion

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

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Directors Biography (text screens)
• Director's filmography (text screens)

• Collectable handbill with production notes (in English and Chinese)

DVD Release Date: October 13th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio: Eclipse / Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

  •  one page (for each film) of liner notes in the transparent case


DVD Release Date:
April 21st, 2015
3 Slim Transparent Keep Cases inside a Slipcase cardboard box
Chapters: 6, 5, 7

 

 

 

Comments:

UPDATE: ADDED - Criterion/Eclipse - Region 1 - NTSC - April 2015: The progressive Criterion SD image is superior to the old Panaorama - notably in the contrast supporting brighter whites and richer, darker black levels, although may show a shade less information in the frame. It has damage but it seems less-noticeable on the Eclipse series 42: Silent Ozu - Three Crime Dramas edition - we have reviewed that entire set HERE.

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ON THE PANORAMA: Typical of the other Panorama Ozu's DVDs - it shares the same weaknesses (interlaced, damage marks, précised subtitle translations, weak audio etc.), but the big bonus, again, is at least being able to see the film at all.... and the price makes it pretty irresistible. Damage is not overly-intrusive and I was actually surprised at how well the image looked in many sequences.

A highly interesting Ozu silent with a lot of American influence - certainly worth seeing for more than the Ozu completists. I enjoyed it very much!  

Gary W. Tooze

 



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Distribution Panorama Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC Eclipse / Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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