Nov 162014
 

The Twilight Samurai released by Twilight Time is a well made film headlined by a great performance by Hidoyuki Sanada and a strong core story and characters. The Blu-ray itself is a bit disappointing; outside of the lossless audio, the quality isn’t the greatest with so-so audio and only a theatrical trailer making up the bonus material.

 

 

 

The Twilight Samurai
(2002)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Drama
Twilight Time | NR – 129 min. – $29.98 | November 11, 2014

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Yoji Yamada
Writer(s): Shuhei Fujisara (novels); Yoji Yamada & Yoshitaka Asama (screenplay)
Cast: Hidoyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Min Tanaka

DISC INFO:
Features:
Theatrical Trailer, Isolated Score Track
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 34.7 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SUMMARY

The Twilight Samurai, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, is a contemplative character study of Seibei (HIROYUKI SANADA), a traditional samurai reduced — in a rapidly modernizing Japan — to working as an accountant. A widower, Seibei has to care for his senile mother and his two young daughters; his financial problems are so severe that he finally, humiliatingly, must pawn his sword. And then, his clan comes to him with one last job.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5

Not much here except for the Theatrical Trailer.


VIDEO – 3.0/5

Courtesy of Twilight Time, The Twilight Samurai is presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture itself is incredibly drab not only void of color but very soft, almost like there was a filter applied. The detail levels at least aren’t bad but the texture of this picture is hard to ignore.

AUDIO – 4.25/5

On the plus side, the Japanese language DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is quite strong from the clear dialogue levels to the music/score which was surprisingly robust and at times even with a bit of oomph and depth, such as one instance during the beating of a drum.



OVERALL – 4.0/5

Overall, The Twilight Samurai released by Twilight Time is a well made film headlined by a great performance by Hidoyuki Sanada and a strong core story and characters. The Blu-ray itself is a bit disappointing; outside of the lossless audio, the quality isn’t the greatest with so-so audio and only a theatrical trailer making up the bonus material.

 

Published: 11/16/2014

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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