JM: Johnny Mnemonic | Re-issued Japanese Director's Cut

 Product Details

Product Type
DVD

Origin
Japan

UPC/EAN/Barcode
4547462054241 (keepcase)
» 4547462057419 (paper wrap)

Distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Contents
» 1 Disc
» Keepcase
» Paper Wrap

Out of Print
No

Still in Collection
Yes


 Disc 1

Contents
» Johnny Mnemonic (director's cut) (movie)
» Making of (forced subtitles) (05m 23s)
» On Set Footage (forced subtitles) (07m 14s)
» Trailer (forced subtitles) (02m 13s)

Type
DVD, R2, NTSC

Picture
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio
English DD 2.0 Surround
» Japanese DD 2.0 surround

Subtitles
Japanese (optional on movie) (see sidenotes)


 Movie Details

Original Title
Johnny Mnemonic

Alternate Title
JM: Johnny Mnemonic

Year
1995

Director
Robert Longo

Cast
Keanu Reeves, Dina Meyer, Ice-T, Takeshi Kitano, Dennis Akayama, Dolph Lundgren, Henry Rollins, Barbara Sukowa, Udo Kier, Tracy Tweed, Falconer Abraham, Don Francks, Diego Chambers, Sherry Miller, Arthur Eng

IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113481/


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 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

Despite being one of the more interesting releases of Johnny Mnemonic when it comes to the disc the overall packaging design leaves much wish for. In short nothing but a standard keepcase and it even has that ugly new recycle-styled cutout to save on plastic (or something).


Disc contents / Extras

This release is worth mentioning for a very simple reason and that is of course the director's cut of the movie. As this not available in any other country in the world and the old japanese edition is extremely hard to find I say this is definitely an edition to consider. Do note however that this release comes with nothing but japanese subtitles which is obviously quite a downer when a lot of the new scenes feature Takshi Kitano's characters who generally speaks japanese.

As for extras there aren't a lot of editions out there to offer any at all but this one actually comes with a couple of really short bonus segments. These clips seem to be exclusive to this edition and it's generally a bunch of raw on set footage combined with a couple of re-takes and the cast and crew talking a bit about the movie.

All in all a release to get just to watch the extended cut of the film but as far as getting a value for your money or not that's very much a matter of taste.


Sidenotes

As mentioned above this release features the director's cut version of the film, running a total of 102m 57s (as apposed to the common R-rated theatrical cut running at around 92 min, PAL). This version was only released in Japan and features a number of additional scenes, including a lot of extra footage with Takeshi Kitano's character. This cut is also unrated and features more violence (which was cut to secure a R rating in the US). The soundtrack is different and a lot of scenes have been completely re-edited (sometimes with different camera angles and such). Do note however that a lot of these new scenes with Kitano's character are completely in JAPANESE as his character is from Japan and hence speaks... yeah, you guessed it - japanese. Now this wouldn't be much of an issue in general but as this release has NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES it tends to become quite an issue if you don't speak the language.

The film was originally released on DVD by Toho Video in Japan and was then presented in a simple CD jewelcase. This release has been out of print for a very long time but this new release which comes from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment does indeed feature the same extended Japanese cut of the film.

This release is apparently a "low price re-issue" of a previous Sony DVD but I have no idea if there's any notable difference between the two. My guess is that it's actually the very same DVD apart from the "special price" promotional paper wrap.

Also be sure to check out the Bluray edition released in Japan.


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