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#21 masterofoneinchpunch

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:59 PM

Zatoichi Films Get the Deluxe Box Set Treatment by Simon Abrams (Nov. 25, 2013)

 

 


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:28 PM

I'm not usually a packaging fetishist by any stretch of the imagination, but I got this today and it's kind of awe inspiring.  It's hands down the most gorgeous - and shockingly sturdy - disc set I've ever seen.  And the design of the disc pages is ingenious.  Wow.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:09 AM

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Yeah, it has the sturdiness of a MoC box, and an expected heft. I like the design, but I always get nervous with DVD's in sleeves. BD's and sleeves are usually fine because of their hard coating. I've checked every disc and found not even one lone hairline scratch. I suppose it is reasonable that DVD's might be getting harder plastics these days?

 

Anyhow, these BD bitrates are damn impressive for having three films per disc. The films look as perfect as I would like them to, a clear improvement over the HVE transfers. Seeing films from this era at this level of restoration and clarity never fails to floor me in HD. I also love that three films per disc means less fussing with the box during a marathon.

 

The more I handle this box, the more it makes sense how Criterion approached this series. Twenty-six spines would've been too many spines, one film per disc would've been too many discs (this is quite a load as it is), and it just seems more economical for Criterion to do it this way. Conventional digipak designs would've turned out too huge, and using sleeves allowed more room for the very nice hard-bound booklet. It is a package I never imagined Criterion could've pulled off, yet here it is, and I still can't get over this monster being dual-format.

 

So the first Zatoichi film is still amazing. His character is so complete in these early films, there is more here than just his abilities. Kenji Misumi delivered again with his second film of the set, Fight, Zatoichi, Fight, so I will expect good things from his later films (same for Kazuo Mori). I've stumbled into a Hammer kick these last few days, but I should be back in this set soon enough. I would like to rewatch those films I had already seen too, but not until I finish them all.

 

I haven't been this excited over a DVD set in a really long time, what a treasure.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:52 AM

He's somewhat complete in the first film.  He adds bits and pieces to his character as the films go along (in that aspect it reminds me of the Marx Brothers films where I new material is added in each one, but I combine the lot of them together.)  I'm going to rewatch the first one soon so then comment on each one in order (I do not have the Criterion set yet, but have most of the Zatoichi films.)  I think the series gets better in a few more movies.  It will be nice revisiting the later series and compare the older to the newer more violent ones.


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Posted 31 December 2013 - 03:25 PM

I don't know, he just seems to have so much heart in that first film, and that goes for the screenplay too. There are things in the series that will not change, like the gambling scenes where he sniffs out conning attempts, or his self-imposed exile from any woman that falls in love with him. The connection he has in this first film with the dying samurai is really special though, and it gives it that little something extra.

 

Maybe I've watched too many samurai films, but his death by Zatoichi's sword is one of the most beautiful and touching death scenes I've ever witnessed, and IMO a very happy ending. I felt similar goosebumps with the baby story arc in Misumi's second film in the set, and films 2-4 were damn good too. I am sure many of the other films will impress me, but there are going to be the occasional filler films like Zatoichi's Pilgrimage that seem to just go through the motions. Misumi revisited the series multiple times as it went on, and I'm sure I will find a few more directors in there that are as consistent as he is.



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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:46 PM

I agree with the unexpected heart that the character is given in the first film, but to me there's even more of it in the second.  In fact, I think I prefer The Tale of Zatoichi Continues more than the first as it zips along at barely 72 minutes and has none of the repetitious slow passages of the first picture.  On top of this, the ending is absolutely sublime and Katsu actually gives a pretty excellent performance.  A real surprise, considering the fact that I was expecting a quickly produced sequel to cash in on the first's success.



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Posted 06 February 2014 - 07:17 PM

The third entry in the series is another excellent effort, with some outstanding direction and vibrant, gorgeous colors.  Adding to the experience immeasurably is Akira Ifukube's absolutely terrific score!  For the man who's best known work is the brilliant score for Godzilla and a fair number of its sequels, this was completely unexpected to me.  With each work I discover, Ifukube makes a case for himself of being one of the greatest of all Japanese film composers, up there with the likes of Toru Takemitsu.  If you know how much I adore Takemitsu, you'll realize that that's about the highest praise I can give. This is the best-directed film of the series yet, with far more modern direction than the more classical style of the first two films.  The director also uses negative space and lighting in exceedingly effective ways.

 

Plot-wise, the series is rapidly revealing itself to be something of a theme and variations, so there are no real surprises there.  And yet there are, with nicely shot sequences like the one of our hero playing the shamisen in a hotel or the tension-filled scene where Zatoichi slices through four burning candles.  This really is a terrific movie.  I just keep waiting for the inevitable quality drop-off in the series.



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 03:30 PM

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It will probably feel like it changes gears around the 5th film, which did actually feel like the quickly produced sequel you were expecting from The Tale of Zatoichi Continues. But, as I've been discovering (I'm up to 16 total), the series does seem to maintain its quality overall. It doesn't always achieve the highs of those first few, but moments like that aren't gone for good either.

 

 

I feel like I need to revisit the second film too. It is the only one of those first four I rated lower than a five, and I second-guess myself every time I go over my ratings. Maybe I was in a mood that day. I need to rewatch a lot of those early films anyway so I can be of use in these discussions. I did recently watch the new BD of the first film, but the others I had already seen are real hazy as far as details go.

 

It is nice to see you are enjoying these so far, I think the set will prove valuable to you.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:49 PM

So I've gone over the second disc of this set, featuring Zatoichi the Fugitive, Zatoichi on the Road, and Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold and I found the first two absolutely on par with the exceptional first three films.  It was particularly nice to see the flourishes of Seijun Suzuki-style visuals in Zatoichi on the Road.  I also noticed that Zatoichi on the Road and Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold work as sort of Japanese re-re-workings of Sergio Leone's Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More - coincidence or not I noticed many similarities, granted the popular Yojimbo plot is nothing new in chambara films.  Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold is a decided step down in quality from the rest of the series thus far, but it was still a good time.

 

It's becoming rapidly clear how difficult this set is going to be for me to review with any sort of accuracy; already the films are beginning to run together.  This same problem happened with some of the other series I've been watching over the course of this year, like the Charlie Chan pictures or the Granada TV Sherlock Holmes.  Still, I'll do my best.



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:48 AM

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It's becoming rapidly clear how difficult this set is going to be for me to review with any sort of accuracy; already the films are beginning to run together.  This same problem happened with some of the other series I've been watching over the course of this year, like the Charlie Chan pictures or the Granada TV Sherlock Holmes.  Still, I'll do my best.

 

This is one of the reasons I have not posted more in here.  I keep thinking which scene is which from.  I think the best approach for me is to write about it right after I rewatch it.  I have some interest in to see in which certain elements were entered into the film (certain themes and associations that get repeated throughout.)  He's not quite a fully formed character in the first, but he also has a lot already ideas written in.  Some of the more advanced directors start playing against later on (and the later ones are much more violent), however I saw some of those before I saw the first couple of films so it is all jumbled in my head. 

 

For me it is impossible to not think of Yojimbo in some instances.  This makes, somewhat, the film where they (Toshiro Mifune's character) meet an interesting combination of characters (it could have been better though.)


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:38 AM

They certainly do run together, but at least it is a consistent level of quality. The series continues to deliver, occasionally surprising you when it goes slightly off-formula, but always the same old Zatoichi more-or-less.

 

Too much of a good thing? As far as getting any discussion out of it that I feel confident to call thorough or consistent, a tentative yes.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:15 PM

There are just so many films in this set it's nigh impossible to watch them all in too short a time span. I'm loving it though, and many of these films are quite beautiful.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:25 PM

It's a double-edged sword. Watch too frequently, you get numb, too infrequently, you forget those prior.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:34 PM

It's a double-edged sword. Watch too frequently, you get numb, too infrequently, you forget those prior.


Which ultimately is why I'm going to start over and try to do a capsule review for each film. But the big key is to pace yourself.
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Posted 29 November 2014 - 11:48 AM

Yay, so I picked myself up a copy of this set last week and finally found the time to slip the first film on. I wasn't sure what to expect having only seen the Beat Takeshi version. I thought maybe it would be a tacky sort of film in the way that the Hanzo the Razor films are. Totally wrong of course, it was gorgeous looking, black & white in 2:35 is always a joy, I thought the story was the usual two gangs squaring off against each other, while Zatoichi has an equal in the other camp, who he of course gets along with swimmingly despite the fact that you know he will have to kill him by the end. Yeah I loved it. Nicely acted, well directed, at times very subtle and then at others when the crash zooms come into play, it becomes a bit like a Tarantino wet dream. The only thing that let it down a little was that the action wasn't handled as well as someone like Kurosawa would manage. But that's almost too grumpy to write. I can see why the series ran and run after this debut. Hoping to watch one a week and get through the set fairly quickly. But I suspect the quality will drop at some point and so will my willingness to watch them. Haha.


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Posted 29 November 2014 - 01:46 PM

Yay, so I picked myself up a copy of this set last week and finally found the time to slip the first film on. I wasn't sure what to expect having only seen the Beat Takeshi version. I thought maybe it would be a tacky sort of film in the way that the Hanzo the Razor films are. Totally wrong of course, it was gorgeous looking, black & white in 2:35 is always a joy, I thought the story was the usual two gangs squaring off against each other, while Zatoichi has an equal in the other camp, who he of course gets along with swimmingly despite the fact that you know he will have to kill him by the end. Yeah I loved it. Nicely acted, well directed, at times very subtle and then at others when the crash zooms come into play, it becomes a bit like a Tarantino wet dream. The only thing that let it down a little was that the action wasn't handled as well as someone like Kurosawa would manage. But that's almost too grumpy to write. I can see why the series ran and run after this debut. Hoping to watch one a week and get through the set fairly quickly. But I suspect the quality will drop at some point and so will my willingness to watch them. Haha.

 

Yeah, I always felt Zatoichi was focused more on the character and his experience and struggles than on the swordplay, but I feel it gets the job done. Katsu pulls off some very slick moments in just about every film, and the series is packed with thoughtful ingenuity that keeps things interesting. It makes Zatoichi's cleverness very believable, he never simply out-swords his enemies.

 

I felt like the quality was dropping early-on, but I think the truth is more that it comes and goes, and rather suddenly. There was never a point where some crucial aspect of Zatoichi's core appeal faded away for good. You will likely get burned out though, no doubt. Attempting to rank them or compare too many at once can be just plain irritating.

 

Did you ever pick up a BD player? I don't recall if you had purchased any BD's in the past, but these are beautiful on the format.



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 08:30 AM

I don't have a BD player purely because over here it's impossible to get one that's region free. Total pain in the arse, and for someone that does his best to avoid agnst, I've decided to just wait it out and pick one up cheap someday. It's the film not the format is my argument. Haha.


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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:15 AM

I don't have a BD player purely because over here it's impossible to get one that's region free. Total pain in the arse, and for someone that does his best to avoid agnst, I've decided to just wait it out and pick one up cheap someday. It's the film not the format is my argument. Haha.

 

You being a Criterion collector you might find it worth it to just purchase a sub-$100 Region A BD player. Some come pretty small, making two players less of a pain. I know you've never been too hot on the necessity of BD, so I won't be holding my breath on this suggestion.



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Posted 30 November 2014 - 11:25 AM

I think the main problem for me is (and I don't want to derail this thread) that I'm a bit strapped for cash at the moment. I've gone down in time at work and I really feel the pinch, so it's such a low priority. One day I'll sort ot out. I have a few of the Criterion DVD/Blu combo things.

 


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Posted 08 May 2016 - 07:59 PM

I noticed that this set is listed as unavailable to buy at Criterion.com, but not OOP and available at other places like Amazon. Any idea why it would be unavailable at Criterion? 


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