Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger
Investigate how it was produced and filmed. That usually leads to some answers, though I have noticed a tendency for Japanese owners to pass off inferior transfers to foreign distributors. Are there any frame-rate conversions from the original source to the UK disc?
Yeah I'm looking into it, but naturally not being able to read/speak Japanese is a bit of a hindrance! Here's what IMDB say:
Arricam LT, Zeiss and Angenieux Lenses
Arricam ST, Zeiss and Angenieux Lenses
Imagica Corporation, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Film negative format (mm/video inches)
35 mm (Fuji Eterna 500T 8573)
Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Spherical (source format)
Printed film format
35 mm (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI)
Digital (Digital Cinema Package DCP)
Originally Posted by Thebarnman
Has this ever been released on VHS or DVD before? Are there any HD recordings of that movie on a DVR? If so, do the same issues come up? If so, it's likely it could have been the source material. Such as a problematic film gate or some such other informality. If it's not in the source, then there could have been a problem with it's transfer.
If it's not in the source, I would blame it on the transfer, not your equipment.
From what I've gathered the film is available on BD & DVD in Japanese & HK and there's a US DVD coming out in a couple of days. Arrow are releasing it on BD & DVD in the UK on May 27th. The US distributor (Magnolia Pictures) have uploaded a HD trailer on YouTube that looks fairly similar to the UK BD transfer. I saw a digital projection of this film at the cinema four weeks ago and I don't recall any softness/blurriness in the image, it's something that I'm a little paranoid about tbh when it comes to digital screenings as I've been in more than a few where the automatic focus has screwed up. Of course, now I'm seeing the softness in the JPN Blu-ray and the US HD trailers, I'm starting to doubt my memory of the cinema screening!