Kaneto Shindo's legendary 'J-Horror' classic makes it high-definition debut
Sex and violence make arresting bedfellows in Kaneto Shindo's 1964 period horror. Every bit as beautiful as it is chilling, Onibaba's magnificent black-and-white photography certainly holds up well in high-definition. Eureka's AVC 2.40:1 1080p encode is easily the best it has delivered to date for an Asian film, courtesy of its immaculate detailing and near perfect contrast. LPCM dual-mono audio exhibits some background hiss, though. Extras may appear fairly slight (just a filmmaker's commentary, video intro from Alex Cox, on-set footage, trailer and 36-page booklet) but they complement the film extremely well.
Eureka: Masters of Cinema, Region B BD, £23 Approx, On sale now
HCC VERDICT: 4.5/5
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