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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

 ( 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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Comparison:

Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC vs. New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC vs. Milestone Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Trond Trondsen of Masters of Cinema.org for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Distribution Spectrum 
Region 0 - NTSC

New Yorker Films

Region 1  - NTSC

Bandai 
Region 2 - NTSC
Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:49:08 1:49:04 1:49:24 1:49:43.610 1:49:36.945
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

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,190,722,820 bytes

Feature: 33,600,245,952 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.50 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,232,154,710 bytes

Feature: 35,625,062,400 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes

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Spectrum

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New Yorker

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Bandai

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Milestone Blu-ray

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Bandai Blu-ray

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0) Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)

LPCM Audio Japanese 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

LPCM Audio Japanese 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, Korean, Japanese and none English (non-removable) English, Japanese and none English, and none 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
Keep Case

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
Keep Case

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
Keep Case

Chapters 17

Release Information:
Studio:
Milestone

1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,190,722,820 bytes

Feature: 33,600,245,952 bytes

Video Bitrate: 35.50 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• "Birthplace" - 30:50 (Eng subtitles)

•  Trailer (2:14)


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 10th, 2018

Standard Blu-ray case
Chapters: 14

 

Release Information:
Studio: Bandai

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,232,154,710 bytes

Feature: 35,625,062,400 bytes

Video Bitrate: 39.07 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• "Birthplace" - 29:39 (NO English subtitles)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 25th, 2018

White Blu-ray case
Chapters: 17

 

 

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

Bandai Visual present Maborosi on a dual-layered Blu-ray with an extremely maxed-out bitrate of 39.07 Mbps. The film is presented in 1080p, the 'p' being progressive, as opposed to Milestone's 1080i (interlaced) video. It's not from a PAL source as the film is in the correct running time- it just may show some of the visuals deficiencies of the interlacing. Frankly, it looked fairly solid on our system,. Bandai outshines the competition here, with a much more robust contrast, detail, and color palette. The print looks good, with no visible scratches or damage. Milestone's image suffers from the interlaced presentation, and lacks the depth of color and contrast, resulting in blacks looking grey for example. Milestone also has a maxed out bitrate (35.50 Mbps) but this is less impressive probably dependant on the discretion of your system.

Bandai presents the film with a 24-bit linear PCM 2.0 audio track. Bandai has optional Japanese or English subtitles. Milestone offers new English subtitles by Linda Hoaglund with Judith Aley, and the assistance of Linda Ehrlich. Milestone presents the film with a 16-bit linear PCM 2.0 audio track. Bandai once again outshines Milestone here, with a more technically robust audio transfer. Though the film relies on silence and little dialogue, one would be mistaken in thinking that the audio track doesn't matter here. The music by Ming-chang Chen is also not to be dismissed as it is highly impacting - especially in the uncompressed rendering. Once again, Bandai Visual takes the lead here. The Bandai
Blu-ray is Region FREE where the Milestone if Region 'A'-locked.

Both Milestone and Bandai offer the extra "Birthplace" which is a video documentary with actress Makiko Esumi. However the Bandai does not offer English subtitles for this 30-minute featurette, whereas Milestone does. Milestone also offers a rewarding commentary track by Linda Ehrlich, independent film scholar and Associate Professor Emerita from Case Western Reserve University. The track is full of useful information, despite occasional gaps. Milestone also feature the film's trailer as an supplement.

Maborosi is the first feature film of Hirokazu Koreeda, winner of the 2018 Palme d'Or for his film "Shoplifters". It is a film full of haunting images and almost deafening moments of introspection. Dealing with the subject of grief is quite a tricky balancing act in cinema, and the director pulls it off here beautifully. I would definitely recommend the film and the Bandai Visual
Blu-ray has the superior a/v but it may not be enough to eclipse the addition of the commentary and subtitles in the 1/2 hour featurette of the Milestone. As we always say - it is great to have choices. The film is essential viewing.

Colin Zavitz

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ON THE DVDs: 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!  

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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1) Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

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1) Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Spectrum - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Bandai - Region 2 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

2) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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2) Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray TOP

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Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Sound:

Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Extras:

Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 

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Distribution Spectrum 
Region 0 - NTSC

New Yorker Films

Region 1  - NTSC

Bandai 
Region 2 - NTSC
Milestone - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Bandai - Region FREE - Blu-ray





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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