Audition (1999) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Audition (1999) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Audition (1999) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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Audition (1999) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Takashi Miike
Starring: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Arrow Video

Recent widower Shigeharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, so he seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. They take advantage of their position in a film company by staging an audition to find the perfect woman. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn’t what she seems to be.

I am one of the biggest Takashi Miike fans you will find out there and the one-two punch that introduced me to this great director was Ichi the Killer and this movie here, Audition. Audition comes to us by way of Arrow Video and it is easily the best I’ve ever seen this movie look, but if you haven’t seen this movie before you might be shocked at how eerie things get as it moves along and how it can creep up on you before unleashing a furry in the final act. We have a lonely man who is trying to find a woman and using some movie making means to find a new date. When he comes across a woman who he feels might be the one but then he ends up getting more than he had planned as we see ourselves how nuts she really is before even he does. It’s moments like the one when we realize what this man is dealing with and what follows that really drives this one home. It might not be as off the wall or crazy as Miike’s Ichi but it hits you in other ways and delivers just as well. Some could even argue better.

Eihi Shiina is great in this movie as the weird and violent Asami. She’s a national treasure as far as Asian extreme cinema goes, but I really do feel as if she did an Oscar-worthy job in this movie and if she wasn’t who she is and she couldn’t do what she does, then a lot of what we see wouldn’t have worked as well. In a lot of ways this is a movie that sets you up for the big finish and while some could argue it drags a bit, I don’t mind the pace at all. And that says a lot since I’m usually someone complaining about as much. Arrow did a great job with this and had put this one out in a steelbook before. I’m very happy to see it here in another cool re-issue from Arrow now.

Extras

– Brand new 2K restoration of original vault elements
– Original 5.1 Dolby Surround Audio
– Optional English subtitles
– Audio commentary with director Takashi Miike and screenwriter Daisuke Tengan
– Brand new commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes examining the film and its source novel
– Introduction by Miike
– Ties that Bind – A brand new interview with Takashi Miike
– Interviews with stars Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi and Ren Osugi
– Damaged Romance: An appreciation by Japanese cinema historian Tony Rayns
– Trailers
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
– FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel

Quality of Transfer: 95%

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