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Family: Comparison (Film 2000 Japan vs. Tokyo Shock) 
Written by: on August 9th, 2006

Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 2001
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Kenichi Endo, Kojiro Hongo, Kouichi Iwaki, Taishu Kase, Ryuji Katagiri, Kazuya Kimura

DVD released: 2005 2006
Approximate running time: 78m00s 79m11s
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Letterboxed 1.85:1 Letterboxed
Rating: 18 NR
Sound:  Dolby Digital Stereo Japnese with English subtitles Dolby Digital Stereo Japnese with English subtitles
DVD Release: Film 2000 Japan Tokyo Shock
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: £19.99 $19.95

Film 2000 Japan’s Region 2 DVD

Tokyo Shock’s Region 1 DVD

Film 2000 Japan’s Region 2 DVD

Tokyo Shock’s Region 1 DVD

Film 2000 Japan’s Region 2 DVD

Tokyo Shock’s Region 1 DVD


The Film :

Lightning Takashi’s killing a Yakuza boss helps ignite a war between rival Yakuza fractions. During the hit Lighting Takashi let a woman dressed like a nurse get away. The Yakuza are trying to find Lighting Takashi and silence the woman who is now a witness to the hit before the police do.

Video:

Both releases present the film in a letterboxed widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The Tokyo Shock release has a shaper image and is more colorful. The Film 2000 Japan suffers from some mild ghosting and colors look a tad off.

Audio:

Both releases are presented the audio in a Dolby Digital stereo. The Tokyo Shock sound cleaner and is more dynamic then the Film 2000 Japan release. The subtitles are removable and easy to read on the Tokyo Shock release. The subtitles are burnt in and hard to read on the Film 2000 Japan release.

Extras:

The Film 2000 Japan release comes with eleven trailers which have nothing to do with the main feature. The Tokyo Shock release comes with a Takashi Miike trailers collection which includes the following trailers Fudoh the Next Generation, Visitor Q, Ichi the Killer, Deadly Outlaw Rekka, One Missed Call, Negotiator, Izo, The Way to Fight and The Great Yokai War.

Overall:

Overall the Tokyo Shock release is the better of the two as it has a better audio/video presentation, a collection of Miike trailers and it is the more affordable of the two releases.

Note: The Film 2000 Japan release also comes with the second part of Family. The Tokyo Shock release is only the first part with the second part being released at a later date.

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