This three-film collection, culled from the earliest years of Yasujiro Ozu’s long cinematic career.
Due to the entrenchment of the Benshi narrator tradition in Japanese film exhibition, the production of Japanese silent films extended well into the 1930s. These three films are excellent examples of the continued development of the Japanese silent film and excellent films in the Ozu oeuvre.
The Criterion Collection
2008 DVD edition
Silent Ozu: Three Family Comedies (1931-1933), black & white, 291 minutes total, not rated,
including Passing Fancy (1933), black & white, 100 minutes, not rated.
The Criterion Collection, ECL046-ECL048 (Eclipse Series 10),
Three single-sided, dual-layered, Region 1NTSC DVD discs, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo sound, Japanese language intertitles, optional English language subtitles, 15 chapter stops; three slimline DVD keepcases in cardboard slipcase, $44.95.
Release date: 22 April 2008.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition has been mastered from a very-good 35mm source print, with some sections of advanced wear and beginning decomposition.
The film is accompanied by a music score performed on piano by Donald Sosin.
As would be expected of a Criterion Collection release, this collection has been lovingly produced for home video and is enthusiastically recommended.
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