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The Hidden Fortress (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray + DVD]


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  • Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Susumu Fujita
  • Directors: Akira Kurosawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HE01030
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune (Yojimbo) as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity.

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The story is well acted and has a good plot.
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This is the clearest, sharpest print of this film I have seen, the new 2k scan reveals much more detail, also, the audio is much improved over the DVD release.
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It showcases clearly the fine details of landscapes and sets along with the expertly staged background activities.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Garaguso on January 11, 2014
I just can't believe there's no review on this amazing movie. Incredible. Please look this movie up elsewhere online and read the reviews you can find. Even Rotten Tomatoes gives it 5 stars. Anything I write won't come close to some of the more insightful reviews on this fantastic movie. I will say this, the hilarious scenes starring the 2 peasants forced to accompany the General (the great Toshiro Mifune giving another one of his amazing performances) and the Princess throughout the movie were the inspiration for R2-D2 and C3PO in Star Wars. Pretty cool trivia fact. If you're put off by sub-titles, that's a shame. You're missing some of the greatest movies ever made by one of history's greatest directors. I can watch this or Kurasawa's Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Ran, Throne of Blood, Kagemusha and Rashomon all day long. (Sorry, I couldn't pick just one once I started. And I'm know I left some out.) Of course, Seven Samurai is an all day long movie just by itself..lol.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By zeb on March 17, 2014
Received my pre-order a day early from another retailer who had a better deal. I've been waiting a very long time for Criterion to release a blu-ray edition of this incredibly entertaining film. I must say, they did a stellar job of overhauling the visuals to a level this film has never even come close to. The clarity of the film's widescreen format with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 is breathtaking. There will be two large black bars on top and bottom of the screen. It seems noticeably brighter and the contrast level is maxed out. You might want to tone down the brightness level a notch or two in order to make it easier on the eyes for the next 2 1/2 hrs. The blacks are deep and the visual integrity is near 3 dimensional. You won't get that fuzzy low rez blur that you get from lower quality formats. The close-ups of faces are incredibly detailed to the point where you can see their pores, sweat, wrinkles, and grunge. The foreground as well as the background is crisp and detailed. It's hard to believe such a dramatic makeover could be possible with a film nearly 60 yrs old. The subtitles are brighter and much easier to read. There is noticeable grain throughout the film which is intended and doesn't detract from the enjoyment rather it's appreciative. Don't see how this film can get any better.

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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Pierce on January 18, 2014
I will probably get the blu-ray version. Already have the DVD. Best Kurosawa movie and one of Mifune's best. I have over 300 Japanese movies and this is my favorite. If you are looking for a samurai movie with a lot of fighting scenes, this isn't the movie for you. Lucas has admitted that he got the basic idea for Star Wars from this movie. The main plot is a general trying to take a princess through enemy territory to get her home with the help of two bumbling peasants. The two peasants provide most the comedy with Mifune playing a stoic samurai leader. Great movie and I highly recommend getting it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By grafdog on August 5, 2014
I was debating whether or not to pick up blu-rays of Mr Kurosawa's films. Since I've seen Hidden Fortress and most of his films on the big screen, and I own the complete collection on dvd, I wondered how many more times could I watch some of these great movies? After picking up HF and high and low, I know i'll be watching them all over again, several times.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Digital obsever on March 19, 2014
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The movie was great, the Cast, Directing, Photography story line, a crystal clear Picture.
What more can you ask of a movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2014
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This is the clearest, sharpest print of this film I have seen, the new 2k scan reveals much more detail, also, the audio is much improved over the DVD release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matterswcac on June 25, 2014
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Hidden Fortress is extremely entertaining. It offers a mixture of humor, boisterous actions, and moving drama. I already owned the DVD version. But this blu ray edition is a big step up. It showcases clearly the fine details of landscapes and sets along with the expertly staged background activities. It also includes a commentary by Stephen Prince, and a behind the scene documentary which were not available on the previous Criterion DVD.
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We all agree that 'The Hidden Fortress' is one of our favorite Kurosawa films (if not our first choice) for various reasons you'll find in the Amazon positive reviews. A few years ago we made a trip from Connecticut to Portsmouth New Hampshire to watch it in a theater to enjoy it better on a big screen. But seeing this new Blu-ray is a revelation after owning the previous Criterion DVDs and watching a good print with an audience. This restoration is the best we'll ever see so trade in your previous editions and get this one which includes a DVD version for non Blu-ray owners and looks very good as well. In addition to the older extras there's more of the Toho series about the director's films, 'It is Wonderful to Create,' found on other Criterions and now there's an excellent commentary by Stephen Prince who has contributed other Kurosawa commentaries. Fan of these films should get his book 'The Warrior's Camera.'

However I will repeat my disappointment about Criterion's Blu-ray of another Kurosawa classic 'Throne of Blood' I reviewed on Amazon: "My only complaint is that the subtitles on this black & white film are too often difficult to read and worse on the above mentioned extra 'It is Wonderful to Create' due their white letters not having wide enough black edges when shown over white or light grey backgrounds. I've seen worse on other films and this continuous problem makes for a frustrating viewing experience which lessened my understanding and therefore enjoyment of the story. I have complained on Criterion's website about the bad subtitling on their Blu-ray of Fritz Lang's 'M' and other Amazon customers have commented about this problem on other Criterion discs of black & white films. Why they continue to release films this way is a mystery.
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