BFI: 32 Ozu Films

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#851 Post by tenia » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:40 am

I did and have been told that the info has been passed to the relevant person. :wink:

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#852 Post by Orlac » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:21 am

Oh good, thank you!

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#853 Post by MichaelB » Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:10 am

As a general rule, it's very safe indeed to assume that if anything gets mentioned here, a member of the BFI Video production team will read it. If it seems particularly important to draw their attention to it, you can also rest assured that the man at the top will have been personally contacted by me.

Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that anything will come of it, as there may be contractual and/or technical barriers in the way - but I stress that I don't know either way.

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#854 Post by Orlac » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:19 pm

Good to know, thank you :)

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#855 Post by MichaelB » Fri May 15, 2020 7:45 am

Full specs announced for the new edition of Tokyo Story:
Tokyo Story
Directed by Yasujirô Ozu


Blu-ray release on 15 June 2020

Currently available to stream on BFI Player’s Subscription service in a small collection of Yasujirô Ozu films that will be expanded to 25 films from 5 June 2020 as part of JAPAN 2020, a major new BFI season celebrating Japanese cinema.

A constant fixture in critic’s polls, Tokyo Story is Yasujirô Ozu’s most enduring masterpiece and a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From the simple tale of an elderly couple’s visit to their grown-up children in Tokyo, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation.

Also included on the release is Ozu’s incisive satire, Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941), which explores similar themes, as, following the death of her husband, Mrs Toda and her youngest daughter receive a frosty reception from the extended family.

Special features
• Re-mastered in 4K with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack;
• An Introduction to Tokyo Story (2020, 26 mins): Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns provides an introduction to Ozu’s most acclaimed film;
• Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941, 105 mins): following the death of her husband, Mrs Toda realises she has been left with sizeable debts and an extended family reluctant to support her;
• Talking with Ozu (1993, 40 mins): a tribute to the legendary director featuring filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader and Wim Wenders;
• Furnival and Son (1948, 19 mins): recounts the difficult choice a recently demobbed serviceman has to make between an unexpected job offer elsewhere, and resuming his pre-war position as his father's right-hand man in their small cutlery firm, Furnival and Son;
• Image gallery
• ***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet including an essay by Professor Joan Mellen, archival writing by John Gillett and Lindsay Anderson and a biography of Yasujirô Ozu by Tony Rayns

Product details
RRP: £19.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1383 / U
Japan / 1953 / black and white / 136 mins / Japanese language, with English subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.33:1 / BD50: 1080p, 24fps, PCM 1.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#856 Post by Cash Flagg » Fri May 15, 2020 2:04 pm

Is this the same 4K restoration used for the 2013 Criterion release, or the newer 2017 one noted by Tenia on previous page? I’m wondering if I should keep my double-dip pre-order.

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#857 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri May 15, 2020 6:02 pm

Biggest question -- will this also have badly restored sound?

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#858 Post by fiddlesticks » Sat May 16, 2020 12:59 am

I confess I have never heard of Furnival and Son, and Googling turned up nothing. Is this an Ozu short I've overlooked? If not, what accounts for its inclusion, as it doesn't sound to be thematically closely related? I'm already on the fence about triple-dipping for this, and an unseen Ozu short would certainly push me over.

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#859 Post by domino harvey » Sat May 16, 2020 1:00 am

I imagine it’s one of the many tangential British shorts included by BFI in the same spirit of the old Warner Brothers Night at the Movies DVD extras

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Re: BFI: 32 Ozu Films

#860 Post by MaxCastle » Sat May 16, 2020 4:31 am

domino harvey wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 1:00 am
I imagine it’s one of the many tangential British shorts included by BFI in the same spirit of the old Warner Brothers Night at the Movies DVD extras
So it seems.

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