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Master Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu's satirical family comedy Good Morning comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no special features on this release, but this film is of a high enough quality that the disc can be recommended all the same. Anyone with an interest in world cinema will certainly want to give this DVD a look.
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Overview

Master Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu's satirical family comedy Good Morning comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. There are no special features on this release, but this film is of a high enough quality that the disc can be recommended all the same. Anyone with an interest in world cinema will certainly want to give this DVD a look.
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Special Features

Original aspect ratio 1.33:1; Digital transfer created from 35 mm low-contrast composit print
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Good Morning is thoroughly enjoyable comedy that, somewhat atypically for director Yasujiro Ozu, is sunny throughout, without the darkness or sense of melancholy that rests under the surface of most of this gentle director's work. Also atypically, it is shot in rather startling color, rather than black-and-white, giving it a glossy visual sheen that is quite appropriate for the subject matter. Otherwise, Ozu's trademark visual look is untouched; Good Morning is filled with the same beautiful composed long shots, most often filmed from close to the ground, and edited sparingly. While there is a serious theme to Good Morning, involving the art and importance of communication and how different generations view it, its treatment is rather light and superficial. This makes for an undeniably charming film, but it also seems a little "safe" for Ozu, a film that in many ways would not have been unwelcome in Hollywood at the time. Still, the master director provides many wonderful touches, from the manner in which he creates and observes a very real and very specific community to the palpable affection he feels for his characters. The cast is perfectly in tune with the director, and the work of the children is especially impressive. While one wishes that the film were ultimately more substantial, it's still a wonderful light meal for cinema fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • UPC: 037429149720
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,515

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yoshiko Kuga Their Aunt
Keiji Sada Their Teacher
Toyoko Takahashi Neighbor
Kuniko Miyake Tamiko
Eiko Miyoshi Grandma Haraguchi
Teruko Nagaoka Mrs. Tomizawa
Chishu Ryu Keitaro Hayashi
Haruko Sugimura Kikue Haraguchi
Haruo Tanaka Tatsuko Haraguchi
Eijiro Tono Tomizawa
Technical Credits
Yasujiro Ozu Director, Screenwriter
Yuharu Atsuta Cinematographer
Yushun Atsuta Cinematographer
Tatsuo Hamada Art Director
Yoshiyasu Hamamura Editor
Toshiro Mayuzumi Score Composer
Kogo Noda Screenwriter
Shizuo Yamanouchi Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. Logos [:16]
2. Opening Titles [1:47]
3. "Our dues weren't paid" [5:08]
4. The couple next door [5:07]
5. "But I handed over the dues" [1:45]
6. English lessons [2:43]
7. "Buy us a TV set" [3:57]
8. The adult world [3:10]
9. "We needn't steal the dues" [4:02]
10. Traveling salesmen and washing machines [6:54]
11. Ukiyo Restaurant [3:50]
12. "We won't talk then" [7:17]
13. Ohayo [5:36]
14. "Be careful. She holds grudges" [3:47]
15. School [2:29]
16. Lunch money [3:26]
17. Morning exercises/At the tutor [4:57]
18. At the bar [3:37]
19. Neighbors [1:48]
20. A visit from the teacher [3:14]
21. "How about buying something?" [2:21]
22. The boys disappear [6:55]
23. "It's awesome" [5:36]
24. A fine day [4:05]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Ozu at his funniest

    NOTE: This DVD is NOT in 'pan-and- scan.' It's is in its original full screen version. A delightul story loosely adapted from Ozu's early silent, this tells the story of two boys who go on a hunger strike until their father buys them a TV. Convinced that Japan would become 'a nation of idiots' with the acceptance of the television, this amusing conflict tells a great deal about the necessary courtesies that fuel everyday life. Perhaps the director's most accessible (and instantly lovable) film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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