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(aka "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams" or "Yume")

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Japan 1990

Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s imagination, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic apparitions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of creation, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (who is played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s artistry at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.

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Theatrical Release: May 10th 1990 (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere)

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Comparison:

Warner - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' + 'B' - Blu-ray

Warner - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

Criterion Region 'A' + 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

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Also available from Criterion on Blu-ray in the UK one week later:

Distribution Warner -Region 1 - NTSC  Criterion Collection - Spine # 842 - Region 'A' + Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:59:24  1:59:44.218
Video

1.78:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen 16X9 enhanced
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Bit-rate: 5.55 bps

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,201,178,194 bytes

Feature: 27,672,852,480 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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

Bitrate Warner R1

 

Bitrate Blu-ray:

 

Audio Japanese 2.0 Channels

DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 2033 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2033 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles  English, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish (removable) English, none
Features

The picture is spectacular... exactly the same as the R2 NTSC reviewed HERE ( see above Bitrate  comparison ).

 

Distribution: Warner Brothers Japan

Running time: Listed as 120 minutes

Actual Running time of the film itself was 1:59:24 minutes

 

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Brothers
Theatrical Release Date: October, 1990 (Japan )

 

Edition Details:

Region 1 Encoding

Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1 aspect ratio
Interactive Menu

Cast and Awards Info

DVD Release Date:  March 18th, 2003

Keep case

Chapter stops: 31

 

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,201,178,194 bytes

Feature: 27,672,852,480 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:

New audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince
• Making of “Dreams” (1990), a 150-minute documentary shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi (2:30:40)
• New interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami (17:23)
• New interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi (16:03)
• Kurosawa’s Way (2011), a fifty-minute documentary by Kurosawa’s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Martin Scorsese, Hayao Miyazaki, and others (52;10)
• Trailer (1:47)
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa’s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 15th + 21st, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 15

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Criterion Region 'A' - Blu-ray - October 2016: Criterion's 1080P transfer is a advertised as a "New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Shoji Ueda". The film has always has some of the most gorgeous visuals in all of cinema. And now Criterion does the Blu-ray - from 4K - supervised by the cinematographer. It looks, as you might expect, outstanding - better in motion - than via the static captures below. Yes, some colors shift from the, also strong, Warner DVD. It gains richness, seems brighter and the higher resolution layers the contrast exquisitely. The Van Gogh works are so stunning - in fact the entire film is mesmerizing on this Blu-ray. I found myself just staring hypnotically - I called my wife over to watch some of it - same result. It puts you in a trance! Absolutely riveting image quality - kudos, of course, to the film and the par-excellent transfer. Visually; the ultimate...   

Criterion use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 2033 kbps (24-bit) in the original Japanese. There are effects - the winter wind etc. plus the score is by revered Shinichirô Ikebe (Shôhei Imamura's The Eel, Vengeance is Mine and his The Ballad of Narayama, as well as Kurosaw's Rhapsody in August, Maadadayo and Kagemusha to name a few of his credits.) and , it too, carries depth matching the succulent video in every sequence. There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'A' Blu-ray disc - but this is being released in region 'B' Blu-ray one week later.

Wonderful new audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince - he's as professional, and a shade 'dry', as always and delves into many aspect of the production as well as Kurosawa. I found it rewarding. The Making of “Dreams” (1990), is a 150-minute documentary shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi (House). It's a very complete documentary with plenty of input from Akira Kurosawa and so much behind-the-scenes footage - shot over 2-years - and, for that alone, is highly interesting. It is in Japanese with English subtitles and the quality varies. Criterion produce a new interview with production manager Teruyo Nogami - for over 17-minutes - she worked closely with Kurosawa as his script supervisor for more than 40 years. In this interview she recalls her relationship with the great director and the difficult process of bringing Dreams to fruition. We also get a new, 16-minute, interview with assistant director Takashi Koizumi who worked alongside Kurosawa on the filmmakers last 5 films. Kurosawa’s Way (2011), is a fifty-minute documentary by Kurosawa’s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, who interviews 11 major film directors on how Kurosawa films have influenced their own work including Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Martin Scorsese, Hayao Miyazaki, Scorsese (who also discusses playing the role of Vincent van Gough in Dreams) and others. There is also a trailer and the package contains a liner notes booklet featuring an essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa’s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami.

Criterion's totally stacked Blu-ray package is surely a must-own for cinema fans across the globe. It will make some noise in our year-end poll. Our highest recommendation! 


Recommended Reading for Japanese Film Fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Japan Journals : 1947-2004,

by  Donald Richie

The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film
by Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp

Kon Ichikawa (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs)

by James Quandt, Cinematheque Ontario

Shohei Imamura (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 1)
by James Quandt

Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (Midland Book, Mb 469)
by David Desser

The Films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Ritchie

Tokyo Story

by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda, Donald Richie, Eric Klestadt

Ozu by Donald Ritchie

A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie

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Also available from Criterion on Blu-ray in the UK one week later:

Distribution Warner -Region 1 - NTSC  Criterion Collection - Spine # 842 - Region 'A' + Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Recommended Reading for Kurosawa Fans (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

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