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SPECIFICATIONS
  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles
  • 1 Disc
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Good Morning


Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Masahiko Shimazu, Koji Shidara, Kuniko Miyake, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishu Ryu, Haruko Sugimura
1959 | 93 Minutes | Licensor: Shochiku

Release Information
DVD | MSRP: $29.95 | Series: The Criterion Collection | Edition: #84 | Out of print
RLJ Entertainment

Release Date: August 15, 2000
Review Date: March 25, 2011

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SYNOPSIS

Ozu's hilarious Technicolor re-working of his silent I Was Born, But. . ., Good Morning (Ohayo) is the story of two young boys in suburban Tokyo who take a vow of silence after their parents refuse to buy them a television set. Shot from the perspective of the petulant brothers, Good Morning is an enchantingly satirical portrait of family life that gives rise to gags about romance, gossip, and the consumerism of modern Japan.

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PICTURE

Yasujiro Ozuís Good Morning is presented in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on this single-layer disc.

This may rank as one of Criterionís worst looking transfers. Itís an absolute mess on just about every level you can think. Compression artifacts are rather horrific and blocky grid patterns are detectible throughout the entirety of the film, along with noise. The image is interlaced and presents ghosting and jaggies, and has some horrific shimmering effects in some of the patterns present. Detail is non-existent and every object looks like a mucky mess.

Colours are questionable, looking a little over-saturated but it could have to do with the film stock used. Still, there seems to be a heavy dose of red in many sequences. The print is also still in rough shape, presenting plenty of scratches and marks, looking to have received minimal restoration.

In the end itís a horrendous mess and not a great way to debut Ozu into the collection. Could definitely use a reissue.

3/10

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AUDIO

The mono track we get is also a mess: flat, lifeless, and fairly hard to hear. Music is harsh and edgy, and there is noise in the background.

3/10

SUPPLEMENTS

Other than an essay by Rick Prelinger in the included insert, there are no supplements at all.

1/10

CLOSING

A terrible edition and one that deserves a revisit, at least to give it a better transfer.


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