This cult anime strikes a perfect balance between midnight-movie enchantment and arthouse sophistication.
Criterion lavishes it with their customarily meticulous restoration work, and comes away with one of the essential releases of the year.
The wonderful new audio commentary nearly serves to distract from the image transfer, which is sporadically gorgeous, but inconsistent.
The soft colors, graceful movements, and clean lines together embody the ineffable beauty of life on Earth that is one of the film’s main themes.
It connects two warring social perspectives, finding a common ground between them in the pressurized corners of the classic crime drama.
This orgiastic transfer more than simply blows away the previous DVD release of the film.
It’s a superb, anamorphically enhanced transfer, but it’s marred now and again by image warping.
The drama builds slowly, playing out against the backdrop of a polite Japanese society where few speak their mind.