The Hidden Fortress (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]
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There are 3 audio options; original monaural, 3.0 perspecta simulated surround, and a commentary from the Japanese film scholar Stephen Prince. The commentary is very insightful and highly entertaining. Other options include the making of the film called "It is wonderful to create" and a short interview with George Lucas; how he was influenced by Kurosawa in SD quality.Read more ›
The print is the best I have seen, and the 2k resolution is really stunning especially with the revolt of the slaves scene. With Kurosawas deep focus there are so many faces in the background, previously represented by a grey pixel or two on dvd, that now have visible expressions!!
My only thing is the translations for a lot of these movies aren't as good as the old vhs translation subtitles, imo. I would like an option of the old subs along with the new translations.
The subtitles of this blu-ray edition are a big disappointment. The translation is fine, but the visual aspects of the subtitles are not.
In both the 2001 and the 2014 editions, viewers are presented with subtitles that are black and white superimposed over the film's black and white picture images. Yellow subtitles, or at least being given the option to watch the movie with yellow subtitles, would have been better and more readable.
The black and white subtitles are hard to read in many parts of the 2014 edition of the film. In my comparison, I discovered that the 2001 edition has subtitles that are easier to read.
Yes, the 2001 subtitles are also black and white superimposed over a black and white film. But the 2001 subtitles' dialogue is composed of letters that are slightly thicker with a bolder black border around each letter.
The 2014 subtitles' dialogue is composed of letters that are thinner with a thin black border around each letter. Many of the lines of dialogue blend into the picture on the screen, making them hard to read.
In my opinion, based on watching foreign films for years, subtitles should be presented in an easy-to-read manner. The viewer should not have to be too distracted from the action of the movie while constantly straining to read faint subtitles at the bottom of the picture image.Read more ›
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A grand scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding... Read more
Great movie, I love it! Hard to beat Criterion Collection quality too.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is the movie that lead George Lucas to create Star Wars. The movie is told from the Point of View of Tahei and Matashichi, two common men who get tricked into helping a Young... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bwhami
Simply the best! Akira at his best. Great story with a comedic twist. Great music too. Very entertaining.Published 3 months ago by The Busey
Very interesting how it became Star War film in the now century, they had Star War back in the 16th century.Published 5 months ago by M. MORI
Criterion does it again. They have taken one of the greatest Kurosowa masterpieces and brought it to Blu-ray.Published 7 months ago by BULLGATOR
No regrets on this purchase. The comic relief throughout the film made you want to hate them, like then, beat them, kill them and hate them all over again As for Toshiro Misfune,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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