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Kwaidan

Masaki Kobayashi

 
Kwaidan (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Oct 2015

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1965
  • 183 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #90

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. This version of Kwaidan is the original three-hour cut, never before released in the United States.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration of director Masaki Kobayashi’s original cut, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince
  • Interview from 1993 with Kobayashi, conducted by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda
  • New interview with assistant director Kiyoshi Ogasawara
  • New piece about author Lafcadio Hearn, on whose versions of Japanese folk tales Kwaidan is based
  • Trailers
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    New cover by Sean Freeman

Film Essays

Kwaidan

By David Ehrenstein October 09, 2000

One of the most meticulously crafted supernatural fantasy films ever made, Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (1964) is also one of the most unusual. While such classic black and white chillers as The . . . Read more »

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By David Ehrenstein October 09, 2000

One of the most meticulously crafted supernatural fantasy films ever made, Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan (1964) is also one of the most unusual. While such classic black and white chillers as The . . . Read more »

Other Editions

Kwaidan (Criterion DVD)

20 Oct 2015

DVD

2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96