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Any thoughts on the new R3 Twilight Samurai DVD (or the movie in general)?

Old 08-02-03, 11:21 PM
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Any thoughts on the new R3 Twilight Samurai DVD (or the movie in general)?

DDDHouse said they shipped mine today so hopefully it'll be here by the end of next week, but in the meantime, I'm just wondering if anyone has got it or knows anything about it. The movie itself swept the Japanese Academy Awards last year (winning every category besides "Best Supporting Actress") and I've read nothing but glowing reviews of it.

As for the DVD, I know there's a 2-Disc SE in Japan, but the 4700 yen they want for it at CDJapan is a little too rich for my blood. The R3 DVD doesn't have the special features and no DTS, but it's supposedly Anamorphic and DD5.1. Plus the coverart is sweet. Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about it, or wanted to talk about the movie in general.
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The movie is EXCELLENT. Here is my brief review:

The Twilight Samurai (Yoji Yamada) ****

A heartwarming and perfectly paced samurai that is well-directed, excellently portrayed (especially by Hiroyuki Sanada), and beautifully rendered. While some may find its themes and characters rather simple, there is genuine warmth and humanity in the film. It's like an Ozu film that takes places in the 19th century. And that's a definite praise if there ever was one. A definite placement in the list of best films of the year.
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When you get it let us know how the transfer is as I am leaning toward the R3. The coverart is just so appealing , but I'll try to wait until I find out if the video transfer compares to the R2.
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Will do. According to DDDHouse's estimate, I should be getting it tomorrow and if so I'll try to watch it this weekend.
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Almost forgot about this thread. Anyway, I finally got the DVD in and I really liked the movie. It was as good as I'd hoped it would be. As for the picture quality, it wasn't amazing but it was nice. It was a little soft, but this may have just been the way the movie was shot. I don't know, and I don't have the Japanese disc to compare it to although I have looked at screenshots from the Japanese version and they didn't really look any better. And the boxart...wow, it looks even cooler in real life. The cover they show at DDDHouse is actually a slipsleeve, and although the inside art is kinda bland the awesome slipsleeve and the foldout poster of that cover along with a filmography by the director more than makes up for that.
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Thanks for the info.

So I figure that if the R2 picture happens better I doubt it is $20 to $25 better. Just as long as the R3 is not horrible it should be worth it.

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