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Azumi 2003 Blu-ray 720p Difference


Azumi 2003 Blu-ray 720p Difference




Azumi is a 2003 Japanese action film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura and starring Aya Ueto as a young female assassin in feudal Japan. The film is based on a manga series by Yu Koyama and was followed by a sequel, Azumi 2: Death or Love, in 2005. Azumi was released on Blu-ray in different regions with different specifications and features. This article will compare the differences between the Blu-ray versions of Azumi in terms of video quality, audio quality, and bonus materials.


Video Quality




The video quality of Azumi on Blu-ray varies depending on the region and the release date. The original Japanese Blu-ray release by Toho in 2004 had a 1080i transfer with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer was criticized for being soft, noisy, and lacking detail. The US Blu-ray release by Urban Vision in 2007 had a 1080p transfer with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The transfer was praised for being sharp, clear, and colorful. However, some fans complained that the US version cropped the original aspect ratio and altered the color grading. The Taiwanese Blu-ray release by Intergroove in 2006 had a 720p transfer with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer was similar to the Japanese version, but with less noise and more contrast. The German Blu-ray release by Splendid Film in 2010 had a 1080p transfer with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer was considered the best among all the versions, as it had the most detail, clarity, and natural colors.


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Audio Quality




The audio quality of Azumi on Blu-ray also differs depending on the region and the release date. The original Japanese Blu-ray release by Toho in 2004 had a Dolby Digital 5.1 Japanese track and a Dolby Digital 2.0 English track. The Japanese track was dynamic and immersive, while the English track was flat and poorly dubbed. The US Blu-ray release by Urban Vision in 2007 had a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Japanese track and a Dolby Digital 5.1 English track. The Japanese track was similar to the Toho version, but with more clarity and depth, while the English track was improved but still inferior to the original. The Taiwanese Blu-ray release by Intergroove in 2006 had a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Japanese track and a Dolby Digital 5.1 English track. The Japanese track was identical to the Urban Vision version, while the English track was slightly different in terms of dialogue and sound effects. The German Blu-ray release by Splendid Film in 2010 had a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Japanese track and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 German track. The Japanese track was comparable to the other versions, while the German track was well done and matched the lip movements of the actors.


Bonus Materials




The bonus materials of Azumi on Blu-ray vary depending on the region and the release date. The original Japanese Blu-ray release by Toho in 2004 had no bonus materials at all. The US Blu-ray release by Urban Vision in 2007 had a making-of featurette, an interview with director Ryuhei Kitamura, trailers, and TV spots. The Taiwanese Blu-ray release by Intergroove in 2006 had the same bonus materials as the US version, plus an additional interview with actress Aya Ueto. The German Blu-ray release by Splendid Film in 2010 had the most bonus materials among all the versions, including two making-of featurettes, two interviews with director Ryuhei Kitamura, an interview with actress Aya Ueto, an interview with actor Joe Odagiri, an interview with composer Taro Iwashiro, trailers, TV spots, and photo galleries.


Conclusion




Azumi is a thrilling and stylish film that showcases the talents of director Ryuhei Kitamura and actress Aya Ueto. The film has been released on Blu-ray in different regions with different specifications and features. The video quality, audio quality, and bonus materials of the Blu-ray versions vary depending on the region and the release date. The best version of Azumi on Blu-ray is the German release by Splendid Film in 2010, as it has the best video quality, audio quality, and bonus materials among all the versions. However, fans of the film may want to collect all the versions to enjoy the different aspects of the film.


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