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Beyond Outrage aka Autoreiji: Biyondo [Blu-ray]
(Takeshi Kitano, 2012)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Bandai Visual Company
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 23,620,391,241 bytes
Feature Size: 19,211,028,480 bytes
Video Bitrate: 17.50 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 11th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 3941 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3941 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit / DN -2dB)
English (SDH), English, Spanish, none
•Making of Outrage: Further Beyond (1:01:58 in 480i)
Description: A manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. As the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown, anti-gang detective Kataoka wants to start a war between crime families for their mutual destruction. His war incendiary device is the rumored dead boss Otomo (Kitano) who seeks to retire from a life of crime, but can't help but get drawn back into the battle.
Newly released from prison and determined to go straight, former Yakuza boss Ôtomo (writer/director Takeshi Kitano) becomes a key pawn in an anti-gang detective's bid to destroy two prominent crime families in this sequel to the 2010 hit Outrage. When the old guards of the Sanno crime family grow wary of the young executives' methods, crafty detective Kataoka senses an opportunity to pit the Sannos against their local rivals the Hanabishis. But first, Kataoka needs a catalyst in order to light the fuse on the bloody feud. Enter Ôtomo, the veteran gangster thought to be dead by most of his former partners in crime. In reality, Ôtomo has just emerged from prison, and he's ready to enjoy a peaceful retirement. Unfortunately for Ôtomo, that's not in the cards, and once he's back on the street, the countdown to chaos begins.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Any fan of Japanese cinema from the last few decades knows: If there is
a gun in your face, the last person you want to see on the other end is
Kitano Takeshi (or rather his actor-ly persona Beat Takeshi).
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Beyond Outrage can tend to look a shade green on Blu-ray from Magnolia. This is only single-layered with a modest bitrate. It does export impressive detail and contrast. Skin tones seem true. Daylight scenes are more impressive but nothing is overly dark and I noted no noise. This Blu-ray can also tend to a little blue throughout the film. I didn't find this a distraction. By modern standards this is fairly tame visually but probably reasonably close to the original. I anticipate a more robust transfer will become available - possibly in another region. This Blu-ray will provide an adequate presentation that doesn't seem to scale the capabilities of the 1080P format.
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Audio goes overboard with a bountiful DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a buoyant 3941 kbps in original Japanese. Effects crash loudly into your home theater - although there are fewer than you might anticipate making their appearances all the more intense. Depth is strong - even notable in the score by Keiichi Suzuki (Kitano's Outrage and his 2003 Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman). There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A' Blu-ray.
The supplements are exclusive to an hour-long making of featurette entitled Further Beyond. It covers extensive details of the film with sound bytes from the participants and behind the scenes footage. It appears to be Japanese-made and has English subtitles. It is in 480i resolution. The film is also book-markable using the Blu-ray menu feature.
February 25th, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze
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