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17 May 2013

Masters of Cinema unearth THE COMPLETE (EXISTING) FILMS OF SADAO YAMANAKA (review)

One of Japanese sound cinema's early pioneers, Sadao Yamanaka directed films that cemented many of the visual aesthetics familiar to fans of later Japanese masterpieces.  Yamanaka sadly died at a young age and only three of his twelve features have survived in complete form (as well as fragments from two lost films) and are offered up here by Eureka Video's Masters of Cinema in possibly the best condition possible. 

REVIEW LINK: Masters of Cinema/Eureka Video (UK) Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE COMPLETE EXISTING FILMS OF SADAO YAMANAKA DVD specs:
  • Disc One:
    • Tange Sazen: The Million Ryo Pot (1935)
        • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
        • Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
        • Optional English subtitles
        • Extended Scene
    • Kochiyama Soshun (1936)
      • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
      • Optional English subtitles
  • Disc Two:
    • Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
      • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
      • Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
      • Optional English subtitles
  • Fragments from two lost Yamanaka Films
  • Video Essay by critic Tony Rayns
  • A lengthy booklet, including Yamanaka's will, excerpts from his diaries, essays by Tony Rayns, Shinji Aoyama, Kimitoshi Satô, and more
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