Kon Ichikawa's superb Tokyo Olympiad comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film has never looked this good on home video before. The Japanese soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by film historian Peter Cowie, an interview with the director, liner notes, and a complete list of the winners in every event. This is yet another in a superb series of releases from Criterion.
[Dolby Digital Mono]
New high-definition digital transfer, enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; Liner notes by sports writer George Plimpton; Complete list of winners in all events; Cymposium on Tokyo Olimpiad, excerpted from the Cinematheque Ontario book Kon Ichikawa; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition