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Two classic films from the master Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu are paired up for this DVD release from The Criterion Collection. Ukigusa Monogatari (aka A Story of Floating Weeds), Ozu's original 1934 silent film, and his 1959 sound remake, Ukigusa (aka Floating Weeds) have both been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Ukigusa Monogatari features a newly commissioned score from composer Donald Sosin, which was recorded and mixed in Dolby Digital 5.0. The film also includes ...
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Two classic films from the master Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu are paired up for this DVD release from The Criterion Collection. Ukigusa Monogatari (aka A Story of Floating Weeds), Ozu's original 1934 silent film, and his 1959 sound remake, Ukigusa (aka Floating Weeds) have both been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Ukigusa Monogatari features a newly commissioned score from composer Donald Sosin, which was recorded and mixed in Dolby Digital 5.0. The film also includes an audio commentary from Japanese film scholar Donald Richie, as well as new English translations of the original title cards and an essay from Richie which compares and contrasts the two films. Ukigusa, meanwhile, features its original Japanese soundtrack, mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, as well as optional English subtitles (newly translated by Richie). Film critic Roger Ebert also contributes an audio commentary on the film, and the original theatrical trailer is also included.
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Special Features

A Story of Floating Weeds (1934):; New high-definition digital transfer with restored image; Audio commentary by Japanese film historian Donald Richie; New score by noted silent-film composer Donald Sosin; New and improved English subtitle translation by Donald Richie; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; ; Floating Weeds (1959):; New high-definition digital transfer with restored image and sound; Audio commentary by film critic Roger Ebert; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation by Donald Richie; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • UPC: 037429181928
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 3:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 548

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Technical Credits
Yasujiro Ozu Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- A Story of Floating Weeds
1. Credits
2. The Troupe Returns
3. Settling In
4. A Visit to the Patron
5. Fishing
6. Opening Night
7. Rain
8. Mother and Mistress Meet
9. A Scheme Is Hatched
10. Rendezvous
11. Love Blossoms
12. A Father's Anger
13. The Show Closes
14. Father and Son
15. Starting Over
16. Color Bars
Side #2 -- Floating Weeds
1. Credits
2. The Troupe Returns
3. Drumming Up Business
4. Settling In
5. A Visit to the Patron
6. Opening Night
7. Looking for Love
8. Fishing
9. The Mistress' Discovery
10. Mother and Mistress Meet
11. A Scheme Is Hatched
12. First Date
13. Stranded
14. Love Blossoms
15. A Father's Anger
16. No Credit
17. Moving On
18. Where's Kiyoshi?
19. Father and Son
20. Starting Over
1. Color Bars
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Side #1 -- A Story of Floating Weeds
   Play the Movie
   Play the Movie With Score
      Off
      On
      About Donald Sosin
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Off
      On
      Index
         A Seminal Film
         Kihachi/Story Origins
         New Aspects of Ozu's Style
         Modernity
         Nakama
         Comic Beginnings/Collaborators
         Ellipsis and Character
         Avoiding Melodrama/Illegitimacy
         Ozu's Shooting Style
         Ozu and Religion/The Bike
         Romance/Sound
         Revealing Character
         Ozu and Genre/The Circle Closes
         The Wife/Denouement
         Coda
         Color Bars
   Subtitles
      Off
      On
Side #2 -- Floating Weeds
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Off
      On
      Index
         "A World of Transcendental Film"
         Not Driven by Plot
         Compositional Characteristics
         An Impassive Camera/Chishu Ryu
         The Present Tense
         Characteristics of Ozu's Style
         A Peaceful Atmosphere/Circularity
         Maintaining a Neutral Position
         Deep Focus/Color
         Resisting Melodrama
         "Floating Weeds"
         What Goes Around
         Mono no Aware
         Continuity Issues/Sound
         Autumnal Sadness/Dialogue
         A Distaste for Plot
         Symmetry/The Family
         Further Notes on Ozu's Style
         Film Endings/Human Nature
         A New Journey
         Color Bars
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      Off
      On
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