Kwaidan (Criterion Collection)

Kwaidan (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Widescreen Digital Transfer
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1964
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Single Side - Dual Layer - RSDL
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Japanese
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by &

Major Awards:

Cannes 1965 - Jury Prize

Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 07/01/2006
"The soundtrack is especially strong, mixing natural sounds, human noises and Takemitsu Toru's subtle, haunting score."

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Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes, Kwaidan features four nightmarish tales in which terror thrives and demons lurk. Adapted from traditional Japanese ghost stories, this lavish, widescreen production drew extensively on Kobayashi's own training as a student of painting and fine arts. Criterion is proud to present Kwaidan in a new ravishing color transfer.

Plot Synopsis:

In KWAIDAN, director Masaki Kobayashi presents a collection of four supernatural tales. Phantoms, grinningly mad, populate the film's netherworld and bolt its doors once their victims enter.

Plot Keywords:

Anthology | Recommended | Science-Fiction | Short Stories | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: July 15, 1965.
  • In his desire for complete control of the visual effects in the film, director Masaki Kobayashi rented an unused airplane hangar, building and painting all the set by himself.
  • Kobayashi, who often makes films to accompany their musical scores, the reverse of standard procedure, worked for six months with Takemitsu in dubbing the film. Each segment features a different musical effect.
  • Translated literally, kwaidan means "ghost story."
  • Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival.
  • KWAIDAN was voted one of the 10 best films of 1965 by the New York Times.

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  • UPC: 037429152027
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