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#1 Izo

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

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GATE OF HELL
Teinosuke Kinugasa

Japan • 1953 • 89 minutes • Color • 1.37:1 • Japanese
A winner of Academy Awards for best foreign-language film and best costume design, Gate of Hell, is a visually sumptuous, psychologically penetrating work from Teinosuke Kinugasa. In the midst of epic, violent intrigue in twelfth-century Japan, an imperial warror falls for a lady-in-waiting; even after he discovers she is married, he goes to extreme lengths to win her love. Kinugasa's film is an unforgettable, tragic story of obsession and unrequited passion that was an early triumph of color cinematography in Japan.


DISC FEATURES
  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:39 PM

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  • DVD/BD Release Date: April 9, 2013
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

Judging by that cover, I expect this to be a fanciful children's book. Good grief, whoever approved that should be shot. You could take any still from this film and have a better cover.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:17 PM

I think all the covers this month are terrible. Richard III worst of all, but really all of them are terrible, except Naked Lunch which is old. I mean jeez they are bad.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

Judging by that cover, I expect this to be a fanciful children's book. Good grief, whoever approved that should be shot. You could take any still from this film and have a better cover.


Execution seems a little harsh to me, but I agree that this is a terrible cover. I like several of the others this month though, and I'm sure the spine will look fine on the shelf.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

Oddly, of all the covers this month this is the one I hate the least but they're all pretty dreadful
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Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:13 AM

The two finest DVD/Blu-ray labels in the English language both released this film without a single on-disc supplement. Speaks volumes. It won both the Palme d'Or and an Oscar yet nothing about it really holds up beyond the use of color (which indeed still makes it worth watching). Dozens of unavailable Japanese films are better, but without the pedigree. 



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:57 PM

Gotta agree. I watched this when I got it and it's just not very engaging beyond the look. Good guy is ruined by uncontrollable obsession that a modern audience would need more of a reason for. As a writer though imagining the ease of characters behaving a certain way "just cuz" is a happy thought.
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Posted 11 November 2013 - 02:03 AM

+1

 

A bit more passion could've helped as far as getting modern audiences to go along with it. The plot hints at some real political drama approaching, but never really delivers. This was flat even compared to films of the same period.

 

Beautiful kimonos though.






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