Samurai, The (Onmitsu Kenshi)-Volume 6 (1962)
|Year Of Production||1962|
|Running Time||74:09 (Case: 66)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Sadao Funatoko|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (192Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This is the sixth volume of The Samurai, but it's really the second volume of the second storyline. The first four volumes made up a complete storyline. You'll find my review of The Samurai Volume 5 discusses the second storyline — please refer there for the background to the story
The three episodes on this disc are:
It is fairly clear that some camera techniques worked really well — pans and zooms seem fine — but some did not — any shot involving a moving camera bounces around all over the place (well, this predates Steadicam by over a decade!). It even looks as though they didn't have a dolly system — perhaps a TV show couldn't justify the budget?
This series is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.
The image is softish, but this storyline looks a bit sharper than the first four volumes. There's some grain, but it's nothing compared to the film artefacts! Shadow detail is poor. There is no low-level noise.
This is black-and-white. There are no instances of over-hot whites, but the brightness does fluctuate a bit at times.
The level of film artefacts is impressive, and the catalogue includes every kind: spots, speckles, flecks, scratches, fluff, stains, and blotches. There are film artefacts on every frame. One particularly large one is worthy of note: at 6:05 in Episode 4 there is a large white patch that might be a piece of tape.
This disc, like all of discs in the second storyline, shows nasty film artefacts on one frame adjacent to many of the film splices — I've discussed these in more detail in my review of Volume 5.
There is no significant aliasing, and no shimmer, except on the menu. There is some slight moire on one of the finely patterned kimonos, and on a basket hat, but it's only very slight. There are no MPEG artefacts on this disc.
There are no subtitles, unfortunately.
The disc is single-sided and single layered. There is no layer change to worry about, and no problem, given the limited amount included on this disc.
The soundtrack is provided in English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono. The soundtrack offers limited dynamic range, and a full complement of analogue tape artefacts: hiss, crackle, and even one moment of wow.
The dialogue is clear enough, and fairly easy to understand. It's a horrible dub, by normal standards, but the show would be wrong without it.
Hirooki Ogawa's score is part of the show — it combines traditional Japanese instruments with Western ones, including the occasional fragment of piano. I still don't like the drum going "boing", because it sounds like a cartoon punch line (it is not placed to emphasise humour).
This soundtrack makes no use of anything but your centre channel speaker.
|Surround Channel Use|
The fifth ring of the Go Rin No Sho is the Void. So is the list of extras for this disc.
The menu is static and silent, listing the episodes, and allowing selection and playing of one at a time. The background to this menu is yellow.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc is not available in Region 1.
A second season of a classic TV serial, presented in poor condition on DVD.
The video quality is quite poor, but we wouldn't recognise it otherwise.
The audio quality is poor, but adequate.
There are no extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-S733A, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Front Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5|