Welcome Back Mr Mcdonald

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Kino Video has turned out a so-so DVD for this screwball farce from Japan. Welcome Back Mr. McDonald has received an anamorphic widescreen transfer that is watchable but not great: the colors look nice but the level of detail is a bit soft and the image suffers from some motion blurring. The sound fares better, offering a crisp soundtrack in Japanese that is accompanied by large, easily-read white subtitles. In terms of extras, there is a theatrical trailer, a photo gallery and a series of brief but informative ...
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Kino Video has turned out a so-so DVD for this screwball farce from Japan. Welcome Back Mr. McDonald has received an anamorphic widescreen transfer that is watchable but not great: the colors look nice but the level of detail is a bit soft and the image suffers from some motion blurring. The sound fares better, offering a crisp soundtrack in Japanese that is accompanied by large, easily-read white subtitles. In terms of extras, there is a theatrical trailer, a photo gallery and a series of brief but informative text biographies of the cast and crew that were penned by critic Patrick Macias. The end result is solid enough for someone who has never seen the film but a fan might be disappointed by the mediocre transfer and slim amount of special features. In short, this DVD of Welcome Back Mr. McDonald is acceptable but doesn't present its film as well as it could.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Photo gallery; Cast and crew bios compiled by Patrick Macias
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Editorial Reviews

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Some critics have singled out Welcome Back Mr. McDonald as an excellent tribute to the screwball comedies of old and the comparison holds: it has the snappy pacing, witty dialogue and the inspired lunacy of that style of comedy. That said, Welcome Back Mr. McDonald has even more to offer as a satire of how the show business machine can eat up a good idea. The well-written script presents the mangling of a neophyte author's story in a hilarious yet frighteningly believable manner, carefully depicting how the collision of various egos with a tight schedule results in an ever more catastrophic series of story changes. The end result balances acidic observations of how petty-minded personal concerns often mar the art in show business with a heartfelt appreciation of how the perseverance of those involved can still result in worthwhile entertainment. Better yet, the ensemble cast brings these contortions to life in an entertaining style: Keiko Toda is sly as the casually cruel leading lady who gets the trouble rolling, Masahiko Nishimura is a chameleonic delight as the producer who bends himself into knots trying to keep everyone pleased and Kyoka Suzuki makes a sympathetic audience-identification figure as the hapless amateur writer caught in the middle. Finally, writer/director Koki Mitani films it all in snappy, judiciously paced style that gives an engaging sense of flair that lives up to the story's spirit. All in all, Welcome Back Mr. McDonald is an excellent pick for both foreign film fans and anyone who likes a good old-fashioned comedy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2003
  • UPC: 738329028329
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiaki Karasawa Kudo
Kyoka Suzuki Miyako Suzuki
Masahiko Nishimura Ushijima
Keiko Toda Nokko Senbon
Takehiko Ono Ben Noda
Shiro Namiki Suguru Hosaka
Yasukiyo Umeno Furukawa
Jun Inoue Hiromitsu
Yoshimasa Kondo Miyako's Husband
Hiromasa Taguchi Tatsumi
Moro Morooka Bucky
Akira Fuse Horinouchi
Toshiyuki Hosokawa Hamamura Jo
Ken Watanabe Truck Driver
Nobuko Miyamoto Janitor woman
Technical Credits
Koki Mitani Director, Screenwriter
Hirohide Abe Editor
Takayuki Hattori Score Composer
Takashi Ishihara Producer
Hisao Masuda Producer
Chiaki Matsushita Producer
Tomio Ogawa Art Director
Kanjiro Sakura Producer
Tetsuo Segawa Sound/Sound Designer
Kenji Takama Cinematographer
Junichi Tozawa Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Not the End of the Beginning..." (Opening Titles) [4:52]
2. One or Two Points Concern Me [2:43]
3. Just Add Fish Innards [4:27]
4. "Good Evening, Radio Listeners!" [3:20]
5. Then I'm a Foreigner, Too [2:28]
6. No Pachinko in New York [6:11]
7. Violence Is a Major Motif [2:46]
8. If She's a Lawyer, I'm a Pilot [5:21]
9. "Drama Special: 'Woman of Destiny'" [3:05]
10. Sounds Are Things You Make [5:17]
11. Guten Morgen, Mary Jane [5:19]
12. Breaking Dam, Huh? [1:54]
13. Heinrich: A Quick Profile [4:03]
14. "Beside Her Stood a Brawny Young Man" [12:06]
15. Because Senbon Nokko Says So [6:07]
16. Go Cry in the Hall [9:46]
17. Welcome Back [14:26]
18. We Never Said It Wasn't, Right? (End Titles) [4:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
      Cast & Crew
         Koki Mitani (Director/Screenwriter)
         Kyoka Suzuki as "Scriptwriter Miyako Suzuki"
         Masahiko Nishimura as "Producer Ushijima"
         Keiko Toda as "Lead Actress Nokko Senbon"
         Jun Inoue as "Actor Hiromitsu"
         Toshiaki Karasawa as "Director Kudo"
         Akira Fuse as "Executive Producer Horinouchi"
         Toshiyuki Hosokawa as "Actor Jo Hamamura"
         Kaori Momoi (Cameo Appearance)
         Somegoro Ichikawa (Cameo Appearance)
      Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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