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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Blu-ray

United States
Cinedigm | 2011 | 126 min | Not rated | Jan 22, 2013

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

 (2011)

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

For more about Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai and the Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Blu-ray release, see Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima, Naoto Takenaka, Eita Nagayama

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of American Express (see my comments in the supplements section), Tribeca Film and New Video with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1. It's a little strange that Miike first chose to film this in color and then also chose to pursue a deliberately tamped down palette that emphasizes browns and blacks, with only occasional splashes of bright color to alleviate the general visual tedium. The film is also incredibly dark a lot of the time, as can clearly be seen in the screenshots accompanying this review. But all of that said, this high definition presentation is largely without flaw, with a beautifully natural film like appearance, excellent fine detail (even in midrange shots) and generally excellent contrast and black levels. There are some niggling issues with shadow detail which are probably endemic to the source elements.

It's worth noting that this film was released theatrically in a 3D version, while the Blu-ray offers only a 2D version. The 3D choice might seem odd, for there really isn't much obvious exploitation of depth of field or even "gimmicks" in Miike's framings, which leads me to believe the 3D presentation must have been relatively restrained, much like the film itself.


Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai features lossless DTS-HD Master Audio in both 5.1 and 2.0 formats. Both of these tracks offer superior fidelity, but perhaps surprisingly the often evocative ambient environmental sound effects are somewhat more present in the 2.0 mix, where they're focused equally across the soundstage, while in the 5.1 mix they tend to be at least slightly more diffuse. That said, the 5.1 track does offer some very appealing surround activity, and not necessarily in the big action set pieces. Some of the most effective immersion is in the quieter moments, when such activity as the breeze rippling through the leaves or the sound of a sudden rainstorm creates a very vivid sonic experience. Dialogue is always cleanly presented in both of these tracks, and dynamic range, while not extremely wide, does feature some occasional bursts of sonic activity that provide some variety.



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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Blu-ray - December 13, 2012

The New Video Group has revealed that it is planning to bring to Blu-ray director Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, a remake of Masaki Kobayashi's classic film Seppuku a.k.a Harakiri. The film stars Kji Yakusho, Naoto Takenaka and Munetaka Aoki.


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