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Ichi the Killer Blu-ray

United States
Koroshiya 1 Tokyo Shock | 2001 | 124 min | Unrated | Feb 23, 2010

Ichi the Killer (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Japanese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English

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

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Audio 1.8 of 51.8
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Crime25%
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Ichi the Killer

 (2001)

Ichi the Killer Blu-ray features terrible video and bad audio in this still mediocre Blu-ray release

Welcome to a world where violence is a virtue and depravity is a way of life. This is the underside of Shinjuku, and the Home of Kakihara, a sadistic Yakuza killer. He relentlessly tears apart the underworld searching for the man who killed his boss. The mastermind behind the plot is Jijii, an ex-cop bent on turning the gangsters of Japan against one another. His trump card is a physically powerful lunatic who is constantly on the verge of snapping. This madman is Ichi, the killer, and him and Kakihara, the streets will run red with blood...

For more about Ichi the Killer and the Ichi the Killer Blu-ray release, see Ichi the Killer Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ōmori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun, Susumu Terajima
Director: Takashi Miike

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Ichi the Killer Blu-ray, Video Quality

  1.0 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at a measly bitrate of 13Mbps), Ichi the Killer looks downright atrocious in the transition to Blu-ray. I suppose I had my hopes up a bit too high in the first place, but how could we have foreseen the use of such shoddy source material in creating this "new" transfer. Beginning with the worst infractions, clarity barely surpasses the quality of a typical DVD release, colors appear ridiculously washed out (especially in outdoor sequences), and black levels rarely descend below a dark shade of gray. Adding to such profound weaknesses, there's a heavy blanket of noise creating constant movement in the background, and contrast struggles to separate gradual shade transitions. This reveals a blending of the darker elements in the transfer, often causing objects in the foreground to become lost in the background. We could honestly go on and on with the multiple complaints found on this release, but rather than bore you with additional details I'll simply let the screenshots speak for themselves.


Ichi the Killer Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  1.5 of 5

While I appreciate the inclusion of dual lossless tracks to satisfy the preference of native language purists and the "subtitle impaired", the end result is a bit underwhelming. Switching back and forth between the lossy 2.0 and lossless 5.1 selections, I failed to notice much improvement in spatial separation, clarity, or the presence of rumbling lows. In fact, it almost seemed as if the lossless offerings were merely reproductions of the lossy stereo mix, but with the added benefit of minor channel separation. Comparing the English and Japanese (lossless) offerings to one another, I'd give the edge to the native language track, which offers a more robust feel to non-dialog elements, and more efficient management of the volume balance between dialog, music, and sound effects. The English version is still passable if you hate subtitles (provided you're comfortable with the odd choice in accents), but I'd recommend the Japanese option to anyone with even a fraction of audiophile blood running through them.



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