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Moon Child (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)2 people found this review helpful
July 23, 2012 Blu-ray version
As the other reviews have probably led you to believe, whether you like or loathe the content this movie will depend greatly on your personal preference – this is not a film that is easy to review on an objective basis. I liked it a great deal, but I can understand how some viewers would never “get” it.
Because the content has already been reviewed extensively on this site, my review is mainly a technical one about the newly released Blu-ray version. The original US DVD release (from TLA) looked shoddy, having elevated black levels, a soft-looking transfer, and a stereo-only soundtrack. While the Blu-ray greatly improves this, it still has elevated black levels; I had to turn down the black level control on my Oppo BDP-93 to –7 to get the black levels where they should be. In addition, the transfer has narrow black bars in both the vertical and horizontal directions, and to eliminate these, it was necessary to adjust my display for about 10% overscan. The good things are that the Blu-ray offers a dynamic sounding surround audio mix and is much sharper than the DVD. I suspect that its remaining lack of sharpness compared to the best Hollywood Blu-ray releases reflects limitations of the source material; this was a very low budget film compared to any action movie that Hollywood would release theatrically.
Disk 1 of the Blu-ray release (the movie itself) provides good English subtitles, but none of the extras on the second disk are subtitled. Except for a brief interview with actor Leehom Wang in perfect English, nothing else will be comprehensible to those who do not understand Japanese.
Finally, I would have expected the extras to include the full nine minute version of the film’s leitmotiv – the song “Orenji No Taiyou (The Orange Sun),” as taken from the 2003 DVD of the Gackt “Moon” live concert that reunited many of the Moonchild cast. Unfortunately, only the first part of the song appears in the extras and it is not taken from the live concert performance.
Nevertheless, if you are a fan of this film and want a much-improved presentation compared to the TLA DVD, you should grab this disk before it goes out of print. It’s likely that this is the highest quality home video release that this film will get.
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