Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rashomon (1950) - Akira Kurosawa classic with Toshirô Mifune

Rating: 8.5/10
Runtime: 88
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
IMDb Link:


Toshirô Mifune ... Tajômaru
Machiko Kyô ... Masako Kanazawa
Masayuki Mori ... Takehiro Kanazawa
Takashi Shimura ... Woodcutter
Minoru Chiaki ... Priest
Kichijiro Ueda ... Commoner
Fumiko Honma ... Medium

Description: In 12th century Japan, a samurai and his wife are attacked by the notorious bandit Tajomaru, and the samurai ends up dead. Tajomaru is captured shortly afterward and is put on trial, but his story and the wife's are so completely different that a psychic is brought in to allow the murdered man to give his own testimony. He tells yet another completely different story. Finally, a woodcutter who found the body reveals that he saw the whole thing, and his version is again completely different from the others.


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Video and audio information:

Video : 1.24 GB, 2018 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 640*496 (1.29:1), XVID Mpeg-4
Audio : 121 MB, 192 Kbps, 44100 Hz, 1 channel, 0x55 = AC3

Subtitles (English, French, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese, Italian, Slovakian) + sample (10 MB)


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sergio Leone Collection - Once upon a time in the West AKA C'era una volta il West (1968) - Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale in a classic western

Rating 8.3/10
Runtime: 165 min
Language: English
Country: Italy/USA
Directed by: Sergio Leone
IMDb Link:


Henry Fonda ... Frank
Claudia Cardinale ... Jill McBain
Jason Robards ... Cheyenne
Charles Bronson ... Harmonica
Gabriele Ferzetti... Morton (railroad baron)
Frank Wolff ... Brett McBain
Lionel Stander ... Barman
Woody Strode ... Stony (member of Frank's gang)
Jack Elam ... Snaky (member of Frank's gang)

Description: Story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by who? The prime suspect, coffee-lover Cheyenne, befriends her and offers to go after the real killer, assassin gang leader Frank, in her honor. He is accompanied by Harmonica on his quest to get even. Get-rich-quick subplots and intricate character histories intertwine with such artistic flair that this could in fact be the movie-to-end-all-movies.






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+ additional movie related material (documentaries and trailers, 637 MB to download)

A number of extra features have been included. Firstly, we get three documentaries on the making of the film; An Opera of Violence, The Wages of Sin and Something To Do With Death. In total, these last about 70 minutes and they show every sign of being one long featurette which has been cut into three parts. It’s full of interesting material, notably interviews with the cinematographer, and a small amount of archive footage of Leone. These three featurettes are presented in Anamorphic 2.35:1. We also get a brief documentary about the coming of the railroads in so far as they relate to the film. This provides some valuable historical perspective and is framed in anamorphic 1.85:1. All these featurettes are presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and are subtitled in English and a number of other languages.

Two stills galleries are included. The first is called “Locations: Then and Now” and it presents a selection of locations from the film as they appeared then and as they look now. This is backed by Morricone’s music and lasts for just under 5 minutes. The second is a Production Stills Gallery, lasting five minutes and also backed by the film score

Video and audio information:

Video : 4.04 GB, 3484 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 854*362 (2.35:1), x264 core 130
Audio : 760/95 (main/commentary) MB, 640/80 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 6/2 channels, 0x55 = A_AC3/A_VORBIS, CBR/VBR

Subtitles (English, including hearing impaired, French, Spanish, Portuguese) embedded in the movie, to play them in VLC Player choose Subtitle=>Sub track and select it from the list

Dual audio track information

This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is audio commentary Commentary with Sir Christopher Frayling, John Carpenter, Alex Cox, Sheldon Hall, John Milius and Claudia Cardinale. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks or you can use VirtualDub to get rid of any of audio tracks by following these steps:

1. Download Virtualdub from that WWW address:

2. Download your version, unzip the files, start the program by running VirtualDub.exe

3. From “File” tab choose “Open video file” and find your dual audio file on your HDD (or you can simply drag and drop movie file into program window)

4. If any warining window pops up, just click on “OK”

5. From “Video” tab choose “Direct stream copy” option (very important, do not miss that step)

6. From “Audio” tab choose which audio stream you want to use, usually main language is Stream 1, and commentary is on Stream 2, but to be 100 % sure use preview option that VD provides by clicking on “Play” button on the bottom of program window when video file is loaded. Of course you can get rid of original audio and save the file with commentary that way too, just by choosing other stream

7. From “File” tab choose “Save AVI file”, put movie name and choose destination folder and then click on OK. Program will start its job after no more than 2 minutes your only one audio track movie should be ready.