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Three Family Comedies
(Eclipse Series 10)
review by Zach B.
Running Time: 280 minutes
Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu
Retail Price: $49.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, Stereo, English Subtitles,
Chapter Stops (Tokyo Chorus - 13, I Was Born, But... - 16, Passing Fancy - 15), Three-Disc Set
Released: April 22nd,
three comedies - "Tokyo Chorus," "I Was Born, But..." and "Passing
Fancy" - are all a bit tough to grade on the video scale, but given
their age (all were made in the early 1930s), are certainly passable.
The source material is not in the best shape - scratches, blemishes,
dirt, lines and all sorts of flaws are abound, but this to be expected
and Criterion has done their best. The black and white cinematography
seems to be exposed and adjusted decently: the movies look a bit soft,
but not as soft as I anticipated. Detail is fine all things considered,
too. But really, this is a set for its content and not its video
really is not much to say for this section, since these are silent
films. However, composer Donald Sosin has written brand-new scores to
go along with the movies that are presented here. The scores fit pretty
remarkably actually, and are an alternate stereo track. Of course it is
a limited track, but fidelity is pretty high and a richness can still
be felt from Sosin's compositions.
Of course, English subtitles are included.
all other Eclipse sets, there is nothing here. However, inside the keep
case for each film are some outstanding liner notes.
is yet another stellar Eclipse set, that all serious film buffs and
students should look into. Not only do Yasujiro Ozu's silent comedies
provide a glimpse into a special age of cinema, but these warm-hearted
comedies are terrifically entertaining and relatable over 75 years