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Kuroneko Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Masters of Cinema Eureka Entertainment | 1968 | 99 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Jun 24, 2013

Kuroneko (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
Japanese: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

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

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Region B (locked)

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Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 1.5 of 51.5
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Kuroneko

 (1968)

Kuroneko Blu-ray offers solid video and superb audio in this overall recommended 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 3.5 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

  3.5 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 British distributors Eureka Entertainment.

The high-definition transfer this release uses is not identical to the one Criterion used for their Blu-ray release of Kuroneko in the United States. First, it is notably darker. In fact, brightness and even contrast levels have been toned down so much that during select sequences there are entire objects that are either very difficult or simply impossible to see (compare screencapture #6 with screencapture #2 from our review of the Criterion release to see what type of information is missing). During the nighttime footage from the second half of the film it becomes even more difficult to follow the action because it almost feels as if there is a very thick black filter (see screencaoture #16). Second, the daylight footage looks far more pleasing, but clarity is again not overly convincing. (Compare screencaptures #2 with screencapture #3 from our review of the Criterion release). Random scratches, specks, and flicker are also present. The good news here is that there are no traces of excessive degraining and sharpening corrections. However, the various source limitations that have transitioned to the raw transfer certainly make the film look quite uneven. On the Criterion release additional adjustments have been made to rebalance and clean up the image and the final result is indeed a lot more convincing. All in all, I think that this release could be a good alternative for fans of Kuroneko residing in Region-B territories, but I like a lot more Criterion's clearly superior presentation of this classic Japanese film. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B 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 standard audio track on this Blu-ray release: Japanese LPCM 1.0. For the record, Eureka Entertainment have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they appear inside the image frame.

The lossless track serves the film very well. Dynamic intensity is rather limited, but Hikaru Hayashi's minimalistic score is still very effective. Random nature sounds and other noises are also clearly identified. The dialog is stable, clear, and free of problematic background hiss. The English translation is very good.



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Kuroneko Officially Announced - April 24, 2013

Eureka Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Japanese director Kaneto Shindo's Kuroneko (1968), starring Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, and Kiwako Taichi. The release will be available for purchase in the United ...




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