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Criterion Collection


4.6 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi (The Human Condition) shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States. BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi’s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • Audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince • Interview from 1993 with Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda • New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara • New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folk tales Kwaidan is based • Trailers • New English subtitle translation • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

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  • Actors: Rentaro Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Directors: Masaki Kobayashi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion Collection (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2015
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B011SDC1PY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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