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Seijun Suzuki's masterpiece Branded to Kill is presented on DVD from Criterion in a 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen version. Criterion has done a fine job transferring this black-and-white image to DVD. The black-and-white colors are all very detailed and sharp with only the slightest amount of dirt or grain showing up in the picture. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (with English subtitles for those that don't speak Japanese). While the audio portions of this disc are less than impressive (though ...
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Seijun Suzuki's masterpiece Branded to Kill is presented on DVD from Criterion in a 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen version. Criterion has done a fine job transferring this black-and-white image to DVD. The black-and-white colors are all very detailed and sharp with only the slightest amount of dirt or grain showing up in the picture. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (with English subtitles for those that don't speak Japanese). While the audio portions of this disc are less than impressive (though adequate), the dialogue and effects are generally clear of any distortion or hiss. Sadly, the only extra features on this Criterion disc is a 14-minute interview with the director from 1997, as well as a gallery of photos and posters. This is a fine disc for fans, though a little disappointing in the way of supplemental materials for everyone else.
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Special Features

Exclusive interview with director Seijun Suzuki; Vintage Japanese film ephemera from the collection of John Zorn; Monaural; In Japanese with optional English subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Like an unholy marriage of Goldfinger (1964) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), Branded to Kill is a brilliantly weird reductio ad absurdum of the Japanese gangster flick that still manages to shock, thrill, and entertain. Director Seijun Suzuki presents a hallucinatory ultra-hip world of compulsive sex, frenzied violence, and boiling rice, held together with only the barest attention to logic or narrative coherence. Marked by Pop Art aesthetics, loopy cinematic devices, and disorienting leaps of narrative, it leaves the viewer breathless with its sheer stylistic invention. Yet Branded almost ended Suzuki's career. Executives at Nikkatsu Studios were already growing increasingly impatient with the two-fisted flamboyance of such films as Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Youth of the Beast (1963), and Branded was the straw broke the camel's back; Suzuki was promptly sacked by enraged studio heads. Now Suzuki is recognized as Japan's great cinematic maverick and Branded to Kill is considered one his finest works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • UPC: 037429136225
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jo Shishido Hanada Goro/ Killer No.3
Mariko Ogawa Hanada Mami
Koji Nanbara Killer No. 1
Mari Annu Nakajo Misako
Isao Tamagawa Yabuhara Michihiko
Technical Credits
Seijun Suzuki Director
Mizunoe Takiko Producer
Naozumi Yamamoto Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:59]
2. Scotch and Hard-Boiled Rice [3:16]
3. In the Corpse's Seat [2:55]
4. The Tippler Trembles [2:50]
5. The Hanada Hop [4:29]
6. Flame On [3:29]
7. Manhater [6:23]
8. 4 Birds [3:48]
9. The Devil's Job [3:22]
10. Beast Needs Beast [3:32]
11. A Fistful of Butterflies [4:30]
12. Hanada's Needle [2:46]
13. The Good-bye Look [3:11]
14. Rice Cooker Blues [3:13]
15. Napoleon's Brandy [2:56]
16. Reels of Fire [4:37]
17. Three O'Clock in the Afternoon [1:35]
18. U-Haul Shoot-out [3:39]
19. Killer's Bossa Nova [2:03]
20. Things Happen [1:51]
21. Negativity Can't Pull You Through [2:38]
22. Sound of Trains [2:28]
23. The Odd Couple [5:23]
24. Recidivous Beast [6:18]
25. Cry of the Champion [2:46]
26. Destiny Turns on the Tape Recorder [1:47]
27. Through a Broken Glass [3:06]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
   Seijun Suzuki Interview
   Joe Shishido Poster Gallery
   Color Bars
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