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Kuroneko Blu-ray

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Yabu no Naka no Kuroneko / 藪の中の黒猫 / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1968 | 99 min | Not rated | Oct 18, 2011

Kuroneko (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.97 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
Japanese: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Kuroneko

 (1968)

Kuroneko Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

In medieval Japan, a military hero is sent to battle a strange apparition that has been killing samurai.

For more about Kuroneko and the Kuroneko Blu-ray release, see Kuroneko Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kiwako Taichi, Kei Sato, Hideo Kanze, Rokko Toura
Director: Kaneto Shindō

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Kuroneko Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit 4K from 35mm print struck from the original camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while Digital Vision's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisors: Lee Kline, Russell Smith.
Telecine colorist: Josh Olive/Technicolor, New York."

Kuroneko looks great on Blu-ray. Criterion's high-definition transfer boasts wonderful detail, while clarity and especially contrast levels are near perfect. The close-ups consistently convey terrific depth (see screencaptures #3 and 14) and even the darkest sequences from the bamboo forest look vibrant and well detailed. (I don't have Kuroneko on DVD to compare it to the Blu-ray, but I would be shocked if the DVD isn't plagued by various macroblocking patterns; with all of these beautiful nighttime sequences, this is the perfect film to avoid on DVD and see on Blu-ray). The color-scheme is also impressive. The blacks are rich and well saturated but not boosted, while the grays and gentle whites perfectly compliment each other (see screencapture #5). There are no traces of post-production sharpening. I also did not see any signs of excessive filtering. On the contrary, there is well resolved grain present throughout the entire film. Finally, there are a few scenes where I noticed some extremely mild shimmer around the edges, but there are no serious stability issues or damage marks to report in this review. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Kuroneko Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: Japanese LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The original monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the original optical print. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

Understandably, the Japanese LPCM 1.0 track has a limited dynamic amplitude, but Hikaru Hayashi's minimalistic score and the various ambient sounds that enhance the film's moody atmosphere have benefited greatly from the loseless treatment. Specifically, the music and audio effects are well rounded and more importantly well integrated into the film, never lacking identity or feeling out of place. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. The English translation is very good.



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