( aka "Maboroshi no hikari" or "Maborosi" )

directed by Hirokazu Koreeda 
Japan 1995

Winner of the 1995 Golden Osella award (for best director) at Venice Film Festival, Hirokazu Koreeda's feature-length directorial debut "Maborosi" is a hauntingly beautiful film about a young woman who faces an inexplicable death of her husband. Reminiscent of Yasujiro Ozu's style, Koreeda weaves the story with a minimalist grace. Former model Makiko Esumi's reserved performance as the heroine is quite effective, and leaves a lasting impression.

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Theatrical Release: September 12th, 1995 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Comparison:

Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC vs. New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC

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Distribution Spectrum 
Region 0 - NTSC

New Yorker Films

Region 1  - NTSC

Bandai 
Region 2 - NTSC
Runtime 1:49:08 1:49:04 1:49:24
Video 1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.29
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate:?4.91 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.79:1 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.29
NTSC 704x480 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 Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Subtitles English, Korean, Japanese and none English (non-removable) English, Japanese and none
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Spectrum DVD (Korea)

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1



Edition Details:
• 
Trailer

• Text screen in Korean

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DVD Release Date: May 11th, 2005
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Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Films

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen  - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Trailers for the New Yorker films After Life, Guantanamera, Unmade Beds, and Bitter Sugar
• A Kore-eda profile and filmography
• American and Japanese trailers
• comments on the making of Maborosi


DVD Release Date: November 21st, 2000
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Chapters 11

Release Information:
Studio: Bandai

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.79:1



Edition Details:
• Mini replica of the rare poster used for the original release of the film

• Theatrical trailer

• "Making of" Featurette - Esumi san walking around without make-up checking out the locations.

 

DVD Release Date: April 25th, 2003
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Chapters 17

 

Comments: ADDITION: Spectrum - Region 0 - October 2005 - I strongly suspect the Korean DVD as being a direct port of the Bandai with Korean subtitles added. Even the menus are very similar. The Bandai looks slightly more detailed and brighter and the Spectrum has a wide black border around the edge prohibiting full horizontal resolution. Unlike the Bandai the Spectrum does not contain the featurette or the poster but it is about 2/3 the cost. A strong film that we give a high recommendation to!  

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The Bandai DVD easily shows the flaws in the New Yorker which has contrast boosting and the burned in subs are a negative. I also see some slight cropping on the New Yorker release. It is pretty hard to compete with these R2-Japan discs as they are so well done (mostly)... but of course they are more money as well... This is a film that is worthy of the expenditure though and the Extras are kind of neat although they are only in Japanese. Open up your pocketbooks and buy the Bandai release.

- Gary W. Tooze


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Extras: Bandai
Menu: Bandai / Spectrum

 

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