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I got a copy off Amazon Japan last year. I think the price has gone up....? It's $55 today. I'm sure that I paid less than that, going by memory. I've only viewed the long version so far. I'm happy with my purchase. I hated the Criterion release.
Is the AV quality superior to the Criterion?
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Is the AV quality superior to the Criterion?

It's different. Now mind you that this is not fresh on my mind, particularly the Criterion parked on my shelf. The picture looked brighter on the Criterion than I remembered seeing on LD, DVD, and that one time at the cinema. Mr. S. had his way with the film. The Japanese BD returns the tint of the film to what I saw in the past and assume to be correct, more or less.

As best as I recall, some of the extras don't work unless one speaks Italian. I watched some of them. The extras are mostly in Italian but with some English. It's sub'ed for the Japanese.
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Unfortunately, Amazon Japan is not English friendly. I tend to favor HMV Japan, which currently carries this for 5,712 yen (approx. $58 USD) plus whatever international shipping winds up coming to.

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Movie_000000000043933/item_Last-Emperor-Collector-s-Edition_5123303

A more expensive but perhaps more convenient option is YesAsia, which has it for $78.25 but free shipping.

http://www.yesasia.com/us/the-last-emperor-collectors-edition-blu-ray-japan-version/1031303924-0-0-0-en/info.html
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Unfortunately, Amazon Japan is not English friendly. I tend to favor HMV Japan, which currently carries this for 5,712 yen (approx. $58 USD) plus whatever international shipping winds up coming to.

http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Movie_000000000043933/item_Last-Emperor-Collector-s-Edition_5123303

A more expensive but perhaps more convenient option is YesAsia, which has it for $78.25 but free shipping.

http://www.yesasia.com/us/the-last-emperor-collectors-edition-blu-ray-japan-version/1031303924-0-0-0-en/info.html
Have you had a chance to compare the 2 releases?
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Have you had a chance to compare the 2 releases?

No, I haven't ordered it myself yet. My home theater has been out of commission for a few months, and all of my money has been tied up into getting that operational again.
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No, I haven't ordered it myself yet. My home theater has been out of commission for a few months, and all of my money has been tied up into getting that operational again.
Sorry to hear that....
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I found this on high def digest, it claims to be the only 2.35 transfer of the film in high def. Is this accurate? Are movies in 2.35 a much better viewing experience? Lastly, is this in Japanese or English like the original?

http://forums.highdefdigest.com/blu-...universal.html
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Are movies in 2.35 a much better viewing experience?
Movies in the Original Aspect Ratio at which they were photographed are a much better viewing experience than those that are cropped to remove picture from the sides.

The Last Emperor was photographed at 2.35:1, but cinematographer Vittorio Storaro has gone a little nutty over the years and decided to crop a bunch of his old movies to 2.0:1. The results are widely disliked by fans of those movies.
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Movies in the Original Aspect Ratio at which they were photographed are a much better viewing experience than those that are cropped to remove picture from the sides.

The Last Emperor was photographed at 2.35:1, but cinematographer Vittorio Storaro has gone a little nutty over the years and decided to crop a bunch of his old movies to 2.0:1. The results are widely disliked by fans of those movies.
So is this Japanese version in English or Japanese? If English, where can I buy it?

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