Rajesh Balkrishnan

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Cries and Whispers (The Criterion Collection) <b>DVD</b> ~ Harriet Andersson
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the transfer, June 22 2001
Enough superlatives have been heaped on this Bergman masterpiece and justifiably so. Lets talk about the much awaited Criterion DVD. The transfer is nothing short of superb, doing full justice to Sven Nykvist's luminous cinematography, one of the best in cinema ever. Very few artefacts are present, and the sound is the original magnetic mono transfer. The extras are little. There is an interview with Bergman (which is a rare treat since he is so camera shy)and Erland Josephson. However, the interview has very little to do about his craftsmanship, and is primarily concerned with his personal life. Bergman comes across as a real "ordinary Joe" filled with the same human folly as… Read more
I Was Born But [Import] <b>VHS</b> ~ Tatsuo Saitô
I Was Born But [Import] VHS ~ Tatsuo Saitô
The release of "I was Born But" last year on video is such good news for all the Ozu fans, because this is his silent classic, as "Tokyo Story" is his "Family Cycle" classic. The film is also a warm, gentle, and humorous exploration of the innocence of childhood and the double-standards of adults. The film is silent, but no sound is needed, since the visual impact is so stunning! Do not let the steep price stop you from getting a copy. The price will never come down, and you know what, it may well be soon out of print. So grab your copy of this little seen gem fast, and you will find yourselves enveloped in this touching and funny exploration of the… Read more
Floating Weeds <b>VHS</b> ~ Ganjirô Nakamura
Floating Weeds VHS ~ Ganjirô Nakamura
Yasujiro Ozu is unarguably one of the greatest directors of this world. This is a late Ozu piece, and it is somewhat disappointing. A story of a travelling company theater actor who returns to a village where he has left behind an illegitimate son, is the central theme in this piece. Although superbly acted, and beautifully shot, the direction (surprisingly), with the editing takes a few stumbles, and the end product is somewhat half-baked, and does not stir you as much as the classic Ozu pieces. I am glad that Ozu left us with the beautiful "Autumn Afternoon", made 3 years after this film, a dazzling return to form, and a sublime swan song. Nevertheless, for all you… Read more