Search DVDBeaver

S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka 'Ohayō' or 'Good Morning')

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/direct-chair/ozu.htm
Japan 1959

A bright Tokyo suburb buzzing with gossip is the backdrop to Ozu s cheerful comedy, Good Morning. Disillusioned with the seemingly meaningless talk of the adults around them, two brothers take a vow of silence when their parents refuse to buy them a television. With a dexterously woven plot, built on mishaps and misunderstandings, Good Morning pokes fun at the silliness of everyday chatter whilst gently acknowledging its fundamental necessity.

Also included in the BFI Blu-ray package is Ozu's superb early comedy I Was Born, But... The forerunner of Good Morning, this silent masterpiece contains many similar themes but a darker edge. As brothers Ryoichi and Keiji struggle to outwit the local bully and scale the pecking order in their new neighbourhood they find out that injustice does not end with school.

***

Ozu’s hilarious Technicolor re-working of his silent I Was Born, But. . ., Good Morning (Ohayo) is the story of two young boys in suburban Tokyo who take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set. Shot from the perspective of the petulant brothers, Good Morning is an enchantingly satirical portrait of family life that gives rise to gags about romance, gossip, and the consumerism of modern Japan.

Theatrical Release: February - 1959

Reviews         More Reviews          DVD Reviews

Comparison:

Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Panorama (HK) - Region 3 - NTSC vs. Shochiku (Japan) Region 2 - NTSC vs. BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Kimitoshi Sato for the Panorama and Shochiku Screen Caps! and to Nick Wrigley of Masters of Cinema

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shochiku - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

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

Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine #84

Region 0  - NTSC

Panorama

Region 3  - NTSC

Shochiku
Region 2 - PAL

BFI

Region 'B'  - Blu-ray

Runtime 1:34:00 1:33:41 1:33:32 1:33:50.333
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.4 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:? mb/s

NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ?
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,183,586,062 bytes

Feature: 23,078,707,200 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)

Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)

LPCM Audio Japanese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English and none Chinese, English, None Japanese, none English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision / Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1 - OAR

DVD5 - Single Layered

Edition Details:

• 2 page liner notes.

DVD Release Date: Aug 22nd, 2000
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Panorama (Hong Kong)

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1 - OAR

DVD5 - Single Layered

 

Edition Details:

• None

 

DVD Release Date: October, 2003

Keep Case

Chapters 6

Release Information:
Studio: Shochiku Co Ltd.

Aspect Ratio:
1.33:1 - OAR

DVD9 - Dual Layered
 

Edition Details:

• None

 

DVD Release Date: September, 2003

Boxset (6 discs)

Chapters 11

 

This is available only in the Ozu Boxset. On the DVD cover is printed an apology- "due to the original negative film condition, you may find some passages uncomfortable, we are sorry."

Release Information:
Studio: BFI.

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,183,586,062 bytes

Feature: 23,078,707,200 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
 

Edition Details:

• Standard Definition and High Definition presentations of Good Morning (DVD & Blu-ray)
• Standard Definition presentation of I Was Born, But... (DVD only)
• Newly recorded score for I Was Born, But... by composer Ed Hughes and the New Music Players
• Fully illustrated booklet features newly commissioned sleevenote essay by silent film curator Bryony Dixon and contemporary review by Jonathan Rosenbaum

 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 17th, 2011

Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: BFI Region 'B' Blu-ray December 10': The BFI Blu-ray transfer really brings out the beauty of the film appearance. Detail rises dramatically from the SD-DVD transfers and it supports the greenish tinged color scheme of the Asian discs. There is a beautiful consistent sheen of grain present on the BFI and will produce the best presentation of Good Morning for your home theater. There are no digital extras on this disc and it is single-layered with a healthy bitrate. Audio is lossless in a linear PCM track and sounds as perfect as the source allows. Extras consist of an included DVD with both Good Morning and I Was Born, But... (NOTE: now compared to the Eclipse's Silent Ozu Box - HERE) and that film contains a newly recorded score by composer Ed Hughes and the New Music Players. Also included are a fully illustrated booklet features newly commissioned sleevenote essay by silent film curator Bryony Dixon and contemporary review by Jonathan Rosenbaum.

I'm incredibly grateful to BFI for this and their other hi-def Ozu's (Late Spring, Early Summer, and Tokyo Story - and the forthcoming Equinox Flower and There Was a Father). It is so wonderful to revisit the director's masterpieces in these definitive a/v editions. This has a huge recommendation for both fans and those yet to become one.

NOTE: From email from a reliable source states: "I can absolutely assure you that the original theatrical prints of OHAYO (GOOD MORNING) were not green tinged. They looked like any other color film of quality that you have seen. (I saw the film screened at least 10 times over the life of the print that Janus (?) had circulating in the US. I saw it go from pretty pristine to battered and faded.)

The green edge is most likely the result of faded negative or IP. Criterion tried to compensate by boosting the reds, but it was a total botch. Also, I think that their colorist was trying to make the skin tones more occidental and less oriental.

At any rate, it seems that Shochiku's master version is the source for all the current editions (save the Criterion mess). Short of a total photochemical restoration, the fading loss is what we have. Of course, I have no idea what original printing materials remain in Japan. This may be it. And if so, we will always know this film by its green tinge. (Unless some digital genius comes up with some new way of restoration, always a possibility I guess.)

The original prints were lovely with a full spectrum of colors and contrasts. The Japanese cinematographers would never put up with prints with a green cast. Nor would have Ozu-sama, who wielded considerable clout at the studio during his lifetime.

Green or not, it is still one of my all-time favorite films.
"

Michael Brooke says: "First of all, the booklet is indeed incorrect, so apologies for that: the film was definitely shot in Afgacolor. The three-strip Technicolor process had been phased out by the mid-1950s (along with cellulose nitrate stock), due to the high cost of production and processing - so by the time Ozu belatedly started shooting in colour, he was faced with a choice between single-strip systems, and he favoured Agfacolor over Eastmancolor. The fact that Good Morning was shot on Agfacolor negative stock was definitively verified by David Bordwell in his book Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema - though it's highly possible that prints in Europe may have been produced in Technicolor's labs, which may be where the misapprehension arose.

As Ozu produced both Equinox Flower and Good Morning in Agfacolor so closely together, they would both have a similar look and feel, although the elements from both films would be subject to individual storage and fading issues, which would affect colour somewhat. Our HD master for Good Morning was transferred from the best available source material - in this case the original 35mm Interpositive - and as such reflects the colour present in that element. We have not made any attempt to push this or any of our Ozu titles in an overly green direction, just work to a palette we feel is the best appropriation of Ozu's original colour scheme, which has often been brightened up, over-saturated or pushed to Western standards for colour films on past DVD releases.
"

***

ON THE DVDs: This is quite unfortunate. With three different version of the same film, I wouldn't recommend any of these DVDs.  The Criterion has some vivid, if inaccurate, colors and this is one of their few tape-sourced transfers. Aside from 2 pages of liner notes the Criterion has no Extras. The Criterion appears to be the worst in terms of clarity and sharpness. The Panorama transfer was taken from the same film elements as the Shochiku, this is why both look similar. The Shochiku is on a dual layered disc, where as the other two are on single layers. The Shochiku has no English subtitles. As the Panorama image quality appears as clear as the Shochiku AND it has English subs. I have been told that the Panorama has a number of little image problems that aren't discernible from the stills. They're the sort of problem that Criterion just wouldn't allow - digital errors, static areas of the screen due to over-compression. Its very unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be a release of this film on DVD that is worthy of its stature... or of director Ozu. 

Criterion, being the premiere DVD production company in the world should re-issue this title (perhaps in a Boxset with "I Was Born... But").  

- Gary W. Tooze



DVD Menus


(Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT -. Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC MIDDLE -. Shochiku - Region 2 - NTSC - RIGHT)


 

BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Screen Captures

 

1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shochiku - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM



1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shochiku - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Panorama - Region 3 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Shochiku - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) BFI - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 


Hit Counter


Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 

DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

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

Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine #84

Region 0  - NTSC

Panorama

Region 3  - NTSC

Shochiku
Region 2 - PAL

BFI

Region 'B'  - Blu-ray



 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

Mail cheques, money orders, cash to:    or CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Many Thanks...