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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Dark Water" or "Honogurai mizu no soko kara" or "From the Depths of Dark Water")

 

directed by Hideo Nakata
Japan 2002

 

After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the dead wet girl to new heights of suspense and drama.

Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko. When they move into a new home within a dilapidated and long-forgotten apartment complex, Yoshimi begins to experience startling visions and unexplainable sounds, calling her mental well-being into question, and endangering not only her custody of Ikuko, but perhaps their lives as well.

Beautifully shot by the same cinematographer as Ring and Pulse, and featuring an especially unnerving sound design, Dark Water successfully merges spine-tingling tension with a family s heart-wrenching emotional struggle, creating one of the very finest and most unsettling contemporary Japanese horror films.

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Hideo Nakata's follow-up to his successful RINGU, DARK WATER tells the story of Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki, KAIDAN) who is in an intense custody battle with her husband over their 6 year old daughter Ikuko (Rio Kanno, NOROI: THE CURSE). Needing to show herself competent, Yoshimi rents an apartment in an old building and looks for a job. The apartment is dank but livable with only a slowly-spreading water stain on the ceiling. Ikuko finds a Hello Kitty bag (which reappears no matter how many times Yoshimi throws it away) and starts to hear footsteps in the overhead abandoned apartment. Yoshimi learns that a little girl living in the apartment above mysteriously vanished a year before and after catching glimpses of a DON'T LOOK NOW-esque child-size figure in a raincoat starts to look into the disappearance as others start to question her sanity and ability to take care of her daughter who seems to be in supernatural danger. DARK WATER arrived in the US some time after its release (around the time of its American remake) and audiences who had seen plenty of post-RINGU Asian horror movies (as well as many "am I insane or are ghosts real?") will know the score but Nakata's film still hits the right emotional notes during its climax and an ending that is satisfying without condescending to a final shock.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 19 January 2002 (Japan)

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Distribution

Tartan Video

Region 0 - PAL

Arrow Video
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:54 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:41:05.267
Video

1.77:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.83 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,761,161,193 bytes

Feature: 30,824,454,144 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

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Audio Japanese DTS; Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1; Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

DTS-HD Master Audio Japanese 3584 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3584 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.77:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:10)
� Trailers
� 4-page booklet with Justin Bower

DVD Release Date: 28 January 2013

Chapters 16
 

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow
 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 43,761,161,193 bytes

Feature: 30,824,454,144 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.94 Mbps

 

Edition Details:

• Brand new interview with director Hideo Nakata (26:03)
• Brand new interview with novelist Koji Suzuki (20:20)
• Brand new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi (19:16)
• Original Making of documentary (15:51)

• Hitomi Kuroki Interview (8:00)
• Asami Mizukawa Interview (4:39)
• Shikao Suga Interview (2:55)
Promo Materials

• Trailer (1:13)

• Teaser (0:37)

• Tv Spots (0:50)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
• First pressing only: illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing by David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond, and an examination of the American remake by writer and editor Michael Gingold

DVD included

Blu-ray Release Date:
October 10-11th, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 13

 

   

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Arrow - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - October 16': This is being simultaneously released by Arrow on Blu-ray in both Region 'A' + 'B'. Regarding differences in the US and UK Blu's -I suspect it as Michael Brooke informed us on Facebook about Day of Anger: 'As the producer of Arrow's release, I can confirm first hand that the UK and US discs are absolutely identical: we only paid for one master, so there's no doubt about this at all! Which means that no matter which package you buy, the discs will play in any Region A or B setup (or Region 1 or 2 for DVD - and in the latter case the video standard is NTSC, to maximise compatibility). The booklets are also identical, but there are minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, and the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.'

Arrow's new Blu-ray transfer is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. It is in the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio and shows a shade less information in the frame than the opened-up 1.78:1 of the Tartan DVD. The SD shows a green leaning and with the soft-focus style that the films was shot - the 1080P supports film's colors accurately and the texture more succinctly. It looks very good in-motion - heavy and film-like. The film's style was never meant to achieve a crisp glossy appearance.

Arrow use a very robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3584 kbps (24-bit) in the original Japanese language. Effects can be subtle before exploding and the score by Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell) and Shikao Suga does a wonderful job of sneaking up on you in certain sequences. Bass is deep and rich and the film, already offered an intense audio experience for the viewers - and that is exemplified via the lossless. There are optional English subtitles on the region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Arrow stack the lone Blu-ray disc with plenty of extras - many new and come from 2002. They include a brand new, 26-minute, interview with director Hideo Nakata, a new 20-minute interview with novelist Koji Suzuki from May 2016 and he discusses how he became Japan's pre-eminent horror novelist, and how Dark Water was adapted from one of his short stories. There is also a brand new, 20-minute, interview with director of photography Junichiro Hayashi and he speaks about his frequent collaborations with director Hideo Nakata. There are some archive interviews with actors Asami Mizukawa and Hitomi Kuroki and composer Shikao Suga plus the 1/4 hour original Making of documentary plus a trailer, teaser and TV Spots. The package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain and for the first pressing only you can get an illustrated collector's booklet containing new writing by David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond, and an examination of the American remake by writer and editor Michael Gingold. There is also a, second disc, DVD included! 

Another stellar package from Arrow - they just keep coming and this definitely made me appreciate the film to a higher degree than ever before - so much chilling atmosphere. For fans of Japanese horrors this Blu-ray amounts to a must own. Great cover too! Enjoy...

 -Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas

 


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