'Tokyo Story' set to unfold on Blu-ray

Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:00 AM PDT by

The 1963 drama from Yasujiro Ozu is bound for Blu-ray in November.

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection will bring 'Tokyo Story' to Blu-ray on November 19.

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple as they leave their rural village to visit their two married children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director's customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director's recurring themes of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema's mightiest masterpieces.

The Blu-ray will feature a 4K 1080p transfer, a Japanese monaural soundtrack, and supplements will include: Audio commentary featuring Yasujiro Ozu scholar David Desser, editor of Ozu's "Tokyo Story"; I Lived, But . . . , a two-hour documentary from 1953 about Ozu's life and career, featuring interviews with critics and former cast and crew members; Talking with Ozu, a forty-minute tribute to the director from 1993, featuring the reflections of filmmakers Lindsay Anderson, Claire Denis, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Aki Kaurismäki, Stanley Kwan, Paul Schrader, and Wim Wenders; Trailer; and a booklet featuring an essay by critic David Bordwell.

Suggested list price for the box set is still undetermined at this time.

You can find the latest specs for 'Tokyo Story' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under November 19.

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Tokyo Story (Blu-ray)
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