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Some fans felt that actor/writer/editor/director Takeshi Kitano's foray to win over the American audience, Brother, lacked the all-around Renaissance Man's stylish explorations of violence, his keen satirical edge, and overall laconic cinematic mood that made his earlier films (Hana-bi and Sonatine to name the most popular) so breathtaking and memorable. Other fans felt that Brother's screenplay was just too clichéd, unfocused, and perhaps a little too Westernized for their tastes. Regardless of the die-hard fans' grumbling, Brother still contains enough of Kitano's trademark cool factor and is a film that should appeal to action fans who usually stray no farther than the latest Steven Seagal or Jean-Claude Van Damme flick. Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment's DVD is presented in its proper 1.85 aspect ratio (enhanced for widescreen televisions). The picture is excellent and very sharp, although there are a couple of scenes about a quarter of the way into the film that contain some slight compression problems. Outside of that, the picture is stable and excellent. The disc also contains a 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese/English language soundtrack, as well as a very good and robust two-channel option. The disc has been equipped with English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Note that the disc defaults to English subtitles when playing, even though the film contains a duel Japanese/English soundtrack. So if you don't want to watch the film's English dialogue subtitled, make sure to switch them off before beginning. The disc unfortunately does not contain the original theatrical trailer, though three other Columbia/TriStar DVD release trailers have been supplied.
Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video
Audio: English/Japanese 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]
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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
This film was very good. The story line was written well and acting was nice. Kitano is one japan best know actors.