Different DVD versions of Kikujiro

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Title: Kikujiro (Film / CD Combo)
Production Company: [Bootleg]
Country: China
Region (Format): 0 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese and Chinese
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Additional material: 14 minute "Making of" (Japanese only), trailer and CD with soundtrack of the film.
Notes: A bootleg. The announcement on eBay says, that this DVD is a "rare gatefold release from Bandai Home Video". If so, how come it never has been mentioned by other etailers nor Bandai themselves. Furthermore, while the front of the DVD says Bandai, the DVD contains Chinese subtitles, which never has been part of a Bandai release. [Inside DVD picture]
  

Title: Complete Collection of Takeshi Kitano [Bootleg]
Production Company: [Bootleg]
Country: China
Release date: 2004-01-01
Region (Format): 0 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: see notes*
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Notes: This is a DVD5 Chinese bootleg, not as "advertised" of the Bandai "Kitano Takeshi Kantoku Zenshu", but of Bandai DVD editions including both "Brother" and "Dolls", with the exception of "Violent Cop", which is a bootleg of Fox Lorber.

  • Where the original "Kitano Takeshi Kantoku Zenshu" is a box with 10 DVDs, the Bootleg is a "DVD" (VHS width) containing 10 DVDs in pair plastic wrapping. (see picture)

  • Where the original has gold base, the bootleg has a silver base.

  • Each DVD has the films poster printed on it.

  • "Violent Cop" has English subtitles and is a copy of the Fox Lorber DVD.

  • "Getting Any?" has English and Chinese subtitles and is a copy of the Summit DVD.

  • All other DVD's, "Boiling Point" to "Dolls" are copies of the Bandai DVD's.

  • They have original menu, but parts are disabled. Only play, chapters and trailer are available.

  • "Hana-Bi", "Kikujiro" and "Dolls" have Chinese, Japanese and English subtitles.

  • "A Scene at the Sea", "Kids return" and "Brother" have Chinese and English subtitles.

  • "Boiling Point" and "Sonatine" have no subtitles.

  • All DVDs has 2.0 Dolby Digital sound, except "Dolls" which is in 5.1 Dolby Digital.

  • The "Dolls" DVD has errors on it and has problem being replayed on stand alone players. The "Kikujiro" DVD has ghosting problems.

  

Title: Kikujiro
Production Company: Columbia Tri-Star
Country: USA
Release date: 2000-12-12
Region (Format): 1 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese and French (Dub)
Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: $29.95
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailer, Cast and Crew biography
  

Title: Kikujiro no Natsu
Production Company: Bandai
Country: Japan
Release date: 2000-01-25
Region (Format): 2 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English and Japanese
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?5000
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: 14 minute "Making of", trailer, 4 page booklet (Japanese)
  

Title: Kitano Takeshi Kantoku Zenshu (Complete Collection of Director Takeshi Kitano)
Production Company: Bandai
Country: Japan
Release date: 2001-01-25
Region (Format): 2 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: see notes*
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?40.000
Additional material: A box set containing the first 8 films by Kitano ("Violent Cop" to "Kikujiro"). The 9th DVD is called "Brother Special" and has interviews and trailers. The box comes with a booklet about all films.
Notes: Where some etailers note subtitles, even English, others dont. However, it seems highly unlikely, that Bandai would make English subtitles for a limited box set only and then not update their stand alone DVD editions. Thus, only "Hana-Bi" and "Kikujiro" have subtitles, including English. There is no English subtitles on the "Brother Special" DVD. The box is also noted OOP (Out of Print). Click thumbnail to see entire set.
  

Title: Kikujiro (Festival Series)
Production Company: Sandrew Metronome
Country: Denmark
Release date: 2008-03-11
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (16x9)
Price: Dkr 99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Interview with Kitano, Trailer
  

Title: L'Et? de Kikujiro
Production Company: TF1 Vid
Country: France
Release date: 2002-02-03
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese and French (Dub)
Subtitles: French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Price: ?22.00
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: 24 minute interview with Kitano, biography, filmography and production notes.
  

Title: Kikujiros Sommer
Production Company: Al!ve AG
Country: Germany
Release date: 2004-03-29
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese and 5.1 Dolby Digital German (dub)
Subtitles: German
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?19.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Interview with Kitano (24:20), Filmography, Trailer
Notes: The source is the same as FilmFreaks and even a 44% higher bitrate doesn't improve the picture. The interview is the same as on the French TF1 DVD, just with German subtitles.
  

Title: Kikujiro - een zomerse roadmovie
Production Company: De Filmfreak
Country: Nederlands
Release date: 2003-12-08
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: Dutch and French
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: ?14.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: "Jam Session" (Making off documentry by Makato Shinozaki 93 minutes - subtitled), Picture Gallery, Trailer.
Notes: The cover has an error, suggesting "Jam Session" to be anamorphic encoded (16x9). It is not.
  

Title: El Varano de Kikujiro
Production Company: Manga Films
Country: Spain
Release date: 2001-11-21
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese and Spanish (Dub)
Subtitles: Spanish
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Price: ?14.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailers, filmography
  

Title: Kikujiro
Production Company: Path
Country: United Kingdom
Release date: 2005-09-26
Region (Format): 2 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Price: ?15.99
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: No extras
Notes: A DVD 5 release.

The release should originally had been released May 24th, 2004, but was put on hold due to technical problems.
  

Title: Kikujiro
Production Company: Edko
Country: Hong Kong
Release date: 2000-12-01
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English and Chinese
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Price: HK$85
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: none
  

Title: Summer of Kikujiro
Production Company: Enter One
Country: Korea
Release date: 2003-02-17
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese
Subtitles: English, Korean and Chinese
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: $29.95
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailer, Interview with Kitano and Hisaishi (4 minutes) and "Making of" featurette (12 minutes).
  

Title: Kitano Takeshi Collection 1990~2003
Production Company: Alto Media
Country: Korea
Release date: 2006-04-25
Region (Format): 3 (NTSC)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese, 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, DTS Japanse
Subtitles: English, Korean, None
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (16x9)
Price: $79,95
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Diverse
Notes: Contains all films directed by Kitano, from Violent Cop to Zatoichi.
  

Title: Кикуджиро
Production Company: Premier Digital
Country: Russia
Release date: 2001-01-01
Region (Format): 5 (PAL)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese and Russian (Voice Over)
Subtitles: Russian
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Price: RUB344
Etailer: [suggested etailer]
Additional material: Trailer, audio commentary, infomations about Kitano and Hisaishi.