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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Double Play / Blu-ray + DVD Studio Canal | 1983 | 124 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Oct 24, 2011

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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

Subtitles
English, English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Region B (locked)

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Celliers, a high-ranking British officer, is interned by the Japanese as a POW. The camp commander becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major. Meanwhile, lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners.

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

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Writers: Nagisa Ôshima, Paul Mayersberg, Laurens Van der Post (I)
Starring: David Bowie (I), Tom Conti, Ryûichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano (Beat Takeshi), Jack Thompson, Johnny Okura

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment.

The high-definition transfer Optimum Home Entertainment have used for their Blu-ray release of Marry Christmas Mr. Lawrence is not identical to the one Criterion used for their Blu-ray release. The Criterion high-definition transfer is slightly cropped to 1.78:1, while the Optimum Home Entertainment high-definition transfer preserves the film's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The two releases also have different color-schemes, though the discrepancies are extremely small. Criterion's release favors slightly stronger reds and browns (see screencaptures #2 and 19), while Optimum Home Entertainment's release favors lighter browns and greens. It is difficult to tell which is more accurate, but I lean towards the overall better balanced color-scheme on this Region-B release.
Detail is excellent, clarity pleasing, and contrast levels consistent. I have tried matching a couple of different screencaptures from the Criterion release so that you could get an idea how the two releases compare, but I'd recommend that you do not draw any definitive conclusions based solely on the screencaptures. Finally, I did not see any traces of excessive noise reduction or problematic sharpening. Naturally, a layer of light grain, matching the one from the Criterion release, is present throughout the entire film. For the record, I did not see any large cuts, warps, damage marks, or debris to report in this review. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (with portions of Japanese). For the record, Optimum Home Entertainment have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. (On the Criterion release, the English subtitles appear only when Japanese is spoken. On this release, there are English subtitles strictly for the Japanese dialog, as well as English SDH subtitles for the English dialog).

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track adds depth and opens up Ryuichi Sakamoto's score slightly better, but I prefer the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. I believe that overall it serves the film better because it does not boost the dynamic amplitude to a point where balance could become problematic. Still, you should experiment with both tracks and see which one you like better. For the record, the dialog is crisp, clean, and stable, but not always easy to follow as some of the Japanese characters have rather thick accents.



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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray - June 16, 2011

British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment are set to release Japanese director Nagisa Ôshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), as a Double Play Edition, on August 8. In 1984, the film won the Readers' Choice Award for Best Film at the Kinema Junpo Awards. ...


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