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Old 01-30-04, 07:55 AM
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And its certainly a milestone. Story of Floating Weeds will be the first Japanese silent film to be released on DVD in the US.
In addition to a commentary track, I'd love to see Criterion put on a Benshi track (preferably Japanese audio with English subtitle) so as to give a flavor for how the film would have been experienced by a Japanese audience at the time of its release.
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Old 01-30-04, 12:16 PM
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Ooh... what's a Benshi track?
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Old 01-30-04, 12:47 PM
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Basically a Benshi is a narrator for a Japanese silent film. Screening silent films with benshi commentary and narration was the norm in Japan prior to the introduction of the talkie. "Floating Weeds" would originally have been screened with a Benshi providing a running commentary and narration.

More in depth info on Benshi can be found here, and information on the restoration and presentation of silent Japanese films more generally is available here.

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Old 01-30-04, 03:21 PM
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Originally posted by Yakuza Bengoshi
Basically a Benshi is a narrator for a Japanese silent film. Screening silent films with benshi commentary and narration was the norm in Japan prior to the introduction of the talkie. "Floating Weeds" would have been typically been screened with a Benshi when it originally screened in Japan.
You should email Criterion about that. We all know how they don't seem to have any qualms with adding new material or bettering a film toward the last moment. This sounds very interesting.

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It appears that Criterion's OOP release of Stanley Donen's Charade will be available again come April. And this time it will contain a new ANAMORPHIC transfer! (likely the same one used on Universal's The Truth About Charlie)

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It appears that Criterion's OOP release of Stanley Donen's Charade will be available again come April. And this time it will contain a new ANAMORPHIC transfer! (likely the same one used on Universal's The Truth About Charlie)

Charade specs
This news deserves its own thread
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Here's the synopsis for 3 Women:
In an dusty, under-populated California resort town, Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek), a na´ve and impressionable Southern waif begins her life as a nursing home attendant. There, Pinky finds her role model in fellow nurse "Thoroughly Modern" Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall), a misguided would-be sophisticate and hopeless devotee of Cosmopolitan and Woman's Day magazines. When Millie accepts Pinky into her home at the Purple Sage singles complex, Pinky's hero-worship evolves into something far more stranger and more sinister, than either could have anticipated. Featuring brilliant performances from Spacek and Duvall, Robert Altman's dreamlike masterpiece, 3 Women, careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.
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Old 01-30-04, 07:31 PM
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I haven't seen or heard of either of these movies. That's how it is with most of the Criterion releases. Oh well.
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3 Women
Special Features
-New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
-Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
-Stills gallery of rare production and publicity photos
-Original theatrical trailer
-English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
-Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


A Story of Floating Weeds & Floating Weeds
Special Features

Disc One: A Story of Floating Weeds
-New high-definition digital transfer with restored image and sound
-Audio commentary by Japanese film historian Donald Richie
-New score by noted silent-film composer Donald Sosin
-New and improved English subtitle translation by Donald Richie
-Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Disc Two: Floating Weeds
-New high-definition digital transfer with restored image and sound
-Audio commentary by film critic Roger Ebert
-Original theatrical trailer
-New and improved English subtitle translation by Donald Richie
-Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Old 01-31-04, 11:20 AM
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MSRP on both is $39.95.

Which makes the Ozu disc a great value I think.
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Old 01-31-04, 11:42 AM
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Originally posted by Tarantino
I haven't seen or heard of either of these movies. That's how it is with most of the Criterion releases. Oh well.
But you've heard of Robert Altman right? You've heard of Ozu right? I would hope you have.
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Old 02-01-04, 06:38 PM
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i loved this film when I saw it on IFC (i believe) a few years ago.

Shelley Duvall was actually good!

Can't wait.
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