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Seven Samurai (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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I had been hearing for a while now about a new version of Seven Samurai coming out on Criterion that was supposed to have a brand new transfer from a recently discovered source that was to be greatly improved from any other previous edition. Being one of the most beloved films of all time (and one of mine as well), this has been creating alot of excitement in the world of film lovers. Being perfectly satisfied with my version of the Seven Samurai DVD from 1998, I had no plans to upgrade, but a side by side comparison on an internet site peaked my curiosity. And yesterday, being at a local retailer, I saw it on the shelf and decided to spring for it.
Let me tell you....if ANY of you are on the fence about this one, particularly those of you who are big fans of this amazing film, I advise you to go for it. The difference between this edition and the previous edition is so drastic that I could not believe my eyes and ears. I have never had this experience with a DVD before, but the improvements in picture and sound quality are SO great that I actually felt like I was watching Seven Samurai for the first time.Read more ›
This is a true 5 star films that ANYONE will enjoy. It's particulary recommended to those who would never dream of watching a movie with subtitles. Anyone looking for a great action movie should take a chance on this. Unlike that copy of Armageddon you watched once and is now collecting dust on your shelf, this is something you'll watch again and again. For those who love John Ford-type westerns, The Seven Samurai puts a marvelous spin on that classic genre. Even if you don't like action movies, you'll respond to this movie. It offers genuine human drama with an insight into a different culture and time that becomes increasingly fascinating with repeated viewings.
Of course, it's also recommended to those who already know and love this film. The picture on this DVD is much sharper and crisper than the one you're used to seeing on that worn-out VHS tape. As a bonus, it has a very insightful secondary audio track with commentary from a Japanese film historian that will help you develop a new appreciation for one of your old favorites.
For me this film deals with the heroic, albeit in realistic terms. I have shown the film in World Literature classes, after students have read Homer's "Iliad" and as they begin reading Cervantes' "Don Quixote." Within that context, compared to the brutal arrogance of Achilles and the gentle insanity of Quixote, the heroic qualities of the seven samurai become clear. Their inspiration extends to some of the villagers.Read more ›
From the very first time I watched this film I was spellbound by it's power and glory....Kurosawa painstakingly assembled a team of actors with wonderful synergy and expression that are at the core of this unforgettable tale of hopes & dreams, death & revenge and honor & trust. Kurosawa's explosive and dynamic battle sequences, some filmed in driving rain, are equally balanced within the films context by the sadness and emotion of the heartfelt scenes, such as where Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune) reveals his upbringings to the rest of the Samurai.
This moving, provacative and challenging film is an epic that still stands head and shoulders over many others nearly 50 years after it's initial release...and a film that you can watch time and time again, and uncover another gem within it's rich tapestry upon each repeated viewing. I've shown this movie to many friends who were either not interested in older black and white productions...or not keen on subtitled movies...and they have all enjoyed it and remarked how they never knew that they could relish a 50 year old movie so much !!
This film truly belongs in any persons movie collection who considers themselves a true afficiando of cinema...an experience in emotion, energy and vision that will not be forgotten by those who view this wonderful work.
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It was exactly what my husband wanted. It even included film footage that was not included in the previous American release.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
one of the great classics from one of the great directors of all time, Akira Kurosawa, the Seven Samurai will show up on most any list of the best movies ever made. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kurt
Seven Samurai is a film that's magnitude cannot even be described. Everything has already been said about it, and nothing more can be said. It's a masterpiece. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Luke Pickett
Basically what my title says. It's got great story and character development in it, some very nicely stage action sequences, it's sad, heart-felt, humorous, and adventurous with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jero Briggs
A complete ripoff. I bought this because it is one of the greatest movies of all time.
However, this particular version is a bust. Read more
Having read some of the other reviews, I feel compelled to offer my opinion of "Seven Samurai".
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|Should I wait for Blu-ray Edition?||
Criterion is reportedly putting all their efforts into the restoration and it's supposed to look astounding. They had planned it for Kurosawa's centennial (which just passed), but they couldn't make the deadline, and instead released Yojimbo & Sanjuro together on Blu-ray. All the Criterion... Read More
Mar 27, 2010 by J. Corbit | See all 4 posts
Whilst some of Mifune-san's memories are included in the booklet that comes with this version, the extras amount to an historical documentary about the Samurai and a huge sprawling interview with Kurosawa-sensei that benefits from being done by a fellow Director and fellow Japanese person in that... Read More
Aug 26, 2009 by Iain Howe | See all 3 posts
www.criterionco.com/ look for the 'about' link.
May 29, 2006 by J in Novato | See all 5 posts
|Is there an English audio track?||
Definitely not from Criterion, and I'm not aware of any other DVD or Blu-ray release with an English dub, either.
Aug 30, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 3 posts
|Is this Blu-Ray version an upgrade from the DVD Box set?||
I believe both the 3-disc DVD and the Blu-ray use the same 2K master, so aside from the obvious SD to HD upgrade and the uncompressed audio, they should be about the same.
Aug 30, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 2 posts
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