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(aka "Blood and Bones" or "Chi to hone" )

 

directed by  Yoichi Sai
Japan 2004

 

Pretty much a one-note film, centred on Kitano’s forceful central turn as the Korean who, having immigrated to Osaka and found it tough, takes out his frustration and machismo on his family. There are, certainly, some themes to this relentlessly grim, brutal movie – the infectious legacy of violence, the relationship between social inequality and private behaviour – and Kitano inflects his character with whatever subtle nuance is allowed (notably in the perverse tenderness sometimes extended towards his afflicted mistress), but it’s so insistent in its miserabilism that it’s hard to remain caught up in the repetitive proceedings.

Excerpt from TimeOut London located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 6 November 2004 (Japan)

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DVD Comparison:

Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for all the Screen Caps!

(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - LEFT vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Panorama

Region 3 - PAL

Kino Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:24:00 2:24:00
Video

1.77:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.77:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.7 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 (2 disc edition)

 

Bitrate:

 

Kino Entertainment

 

Audio Japanese/Korean DTS 5.1 ES (half-bitrate); Japanese/Korean Dolby Digital 5.1; Japanese/Korean Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Japanese/Korean Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles English, Chinese, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Panorama

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
• DISC TWO:
• Making of BLOOD AND BONES (42:00 - optional Chinese subtitles)

DVD Release Date: 30 March 2006
2 Amaray Cases in Cardboard Sleeve

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
• none

 

DVD Release Date: 11 November 2008
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Both transfers are interlaced and are roughly the same size. The running time is exactly the same on both as are the subtitle font and chapter stops suggesting that the Kino disc may use the program stream of the Panorama disc while dropping the half-bitrate DTS-ES track (both discs encode the Dolby Digital 5.1 track at 384 kbps). The Kino disc has no extras but unless you need DTS, that should not be the deciding factor since the R3 set's only extra has no English subtitles (and no Chinese subtitles for that matter). The Korean R3 disc has more extras but neither the film nor the extras offer English subtitles (and the DTS track is half-bitrate and non-ES).

The Australian DVD has DTS, 5.1 and 2.0 but no substantial extras (a gallery and trailer) but the running time listed in reviews suggests it is NTSC-PAL. Besides the DTS-ES track, what the Panorama versions do have in their favor is that both the single and double disc editions are cheaper from importers (11.95 for the single disc and 16.95 for the double disc at HKFlix and not much more at YesAsia) than the Kino disc at retail.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - LEFT vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)

 

 
 

 

 

 


 

Screen Captures

(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)
Subtitle sample

 

 


(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


(Panorama (2 disc edition) - Region 3 - PAL - TOP vs. Kino Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - BOTTOM)

 

 


 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Draw

Sound:

Panorama

Extras: Panorama (though not English-friendly - draw if comparing R3 single disc and Kino)
Menu: Panorama

 
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Distribution

Panorama

Region 3 - PAL

Kino Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC

 




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