The Seven Samurai On Blu-Ray (Finally!)

Posted by Grey Thursday, September 23, 2010

Finally, the legendary Akira Kurosawa all-time classic hits Blu-ray.

This is one I've been holding my breath for ever since owning a PlayStation 3. Bar none, this is the one bloody Blu-ray disc you ought to own if you are one self-respecting movie-watching folk and you happened to own a Blu-ray player.

With their announcement for the October releases, Criterion has lined up some remarkably exceptional titles including Ingmar Bergman’s 1958 classic, The Magician, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 new-age horror film House, to, in my opinion, the quintessential epic movie, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.


SYNOPSIS: One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Ran)—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune (Stray Dog, Yojimbo) and Takashi Shimura (Ikiru, The Hidden Fortress)—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

Japan
1954
207 minutes
Black & White
Monaural
In Japanese with English subtitles
1.33:1 aspect ratio

DISC FEATURES

SPECIAL EDITION THREE-DISC SET:


All-new, restored high-definition digital transfer (with the original uncompressed monaural soundtrack and an optional DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
Two audio commentaries, one featuring film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie, and the other Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
Fifty-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation from 1993 between directors Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that helped shape Kurosawa’s masterpiece
Theatrical trailers and teaser
Gallery of rare posters, behind-the scenes photos, and production stills
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Kenneth Turan, Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune from 1993

Release: 19 Oct 2010

BLU-RAY
2 Discs
SRP: $49.95

DVD
3 Discs
SRP: $49.95







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