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

4.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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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.

Product Details

  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HE01030
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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I compared the 2001 Criterion edition of "The Hidden Fortress" with the 2014 blu-ray edition. The picture quality of the blu-ray edition is a vast improvement with sharp, crisp, and clear images. Plus, the sound is also improved over the older release.

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.
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