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Monday, 13 February 2023 00:12

Stuart Galbraith IV joins The Digital Bits’ review team!

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Morning, everyone! We’re kicking off the new week with some great news here at The Digital Bits...

We’re very pleased today to welcome a new member to our coterie of film and disc reviewers—the acclaimed film historian, essayist, and author Stuart Galbraith IV!

If you’re a cinephile, no doubt you’re well acquainted with Stuart’s work already, but here’s a little background.

After graduating from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, Stuart worked as an archivist for the USC-Warner Bros. Archives and eventually MGM.

In 2002, he published the first English-language biography of director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune entitled The Emperor and the Wolf, a book that’s been a part of my own library here at The Bits for years, and one that I can’t recommend more highly.

This of course is one of several books Stuart has written about Japanese cinema, which include Japanese Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films (1994) and Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo! The Incredible World of Japanese Fantasy Films (1998) among others. [Read on here...]

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Some of you may know Stuart from his excellent film essays and audio commentaries, which have appeared on a number of DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K tiles over the years, including Imprint’s Dersu Uzala, Arrow Video’s Battles without Honor and Humanity, and Criterion’s Seven Samurai.

Stuart Galbraith IV's The Emperor and the Wolf

Still others will be familiar with him from his many years of review work with the excellent DVD Talk website.

Stuart Galbraith IVBut now, the winds of change have carried Stuart to The Digital Bits, and we’re very glad to have him joining the team.

Stuart lives in Kyoto, Japan with his wife, Yukiyo, and their daughter, Sadie. You can read his full bio here in our Meet the Staff section on The Bits.

We’re kicking off his debut here at the site with a pair of reviews, including his take on Stuart Walker’s White Woman (1933) and François Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black (1968), both new on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics!

Going forward, we’ll try to have one or two new reviews a week from Stuart, along with the contributions of our other excellent staff reviewers.

So from all of us here at The Bits, welcome Stuart!

We’ll be back later this morning with our usual release news update.

Stay tuned…

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