Blu-ray, DVD Release: Good Morning

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 16, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $23.31
Studio: Criterion

The 1959 comedy-drama Good Morning is a lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu’s (Tokyo Story) perennial theme of the challenges of inter-generational relationships.

The film tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking as an act of resistance after their parents refuse to buy a television set.

Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his childish protagonists.

Shot in stunning Technicolor and set in a suburb of Tokyo where housewives gossip about the neighbors’ new washing machine and unemployed men look for work as door-to-door salesmen, this charming comedy reworks Ozu’s own silent classic I Was Born, But . . . to gently satirize consumerism in postwar Japan.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions contain the following:

* New 4K digital restoration from Shochiku Co., with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
I Was Born, But . . ., Yasujiro Ozu’s 1932 silent comedy masterpiece, with a score composed by Donald Sosin in 2008
* Surviving excerpt from A Straightforward Boy, a 1929 silent film by Ozu
* New video essay on Ozu’s use of humor by critic David Cairns
* New interview with film scholar David Bordwell
* New English subtitle translation
* An essay by critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.