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Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (Sanshiro Sugata / The Most Beautiful / Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two / The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail) (The Criterion Collection)
Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa (Sanshiro Sugata / The Most Beautiful / Sanshiro Sugata, Part Two / The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail) (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Susumu Fujita
Offered by American_Standard
Price: $36.25
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16 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only for real Kurosawa-Fans, July 26, 2010
Anyone who thinks he might get some real gems with this box will surely be dissapointed.
As this box contains Kurosawa's first four films,he still hadn't found his style then.
The films aren't shot with Kurosawa's typical telefocus-camera,there aren't his famous long multiple camera-shots in where a scene sometimes takes a few minutes and is shot by several parallel cameras from different angles.

The characters are still flat,you don't really get touched by their stories.Not like Kurosawas later films,where you shed a tear when Watanabe is doomed to die in "Ikiru",Nishi get killed at the end of "The Bad Sleep Well"or just the last shot to the graves of the four dead samurais in "Seven Samurais,and so on."

The dream-team of Takeshi Shimura/Toshiro Mifune came along in later films(starting 1948 with "Drunken Angel").
Here Takeshi Shimura himself only appears briefly in "Sanjiro Sugata Part 1" and in "The Most Beautiful".He also appears in "Those Who Stepped on Tigers Tail",but this film is only 59 Minutes long(No way to appear long,since the film is short already!).
The picture- and sound-quality are also very poor,especially the two "Sanjiro-Sugata-Films"
I can recommand this box only to real hardcore-Kurosawa-fans,but those might already own the "AK 100-25 Films by Akira Kurosawa-Box".

Better off if you get yourself the "Postwar-Kurosawa-Box"(Eclipse-Series 7)!
That box features some real early gems like "One Wonderful Sunday" or early Shimura/Mifune team-ups like "Scandal" or "The Idiot (with a gorgeous Setsuko Hara and a great Masayuki Mori!)
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AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa (The Criterion Collection)
AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Toshirô Mifune
10 used & new from $430.00

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good films,but a poor release, February 25, 2010
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As there is so much written about this Box I want to share my opinion on it too !
First of all you already know that these DVDs are plain film,no extras!For a price around 300 dollars that's absolutely unacceptable,even though the films themself are pure masterpieces!
So my 5 Star-Rating only concerns the films,but not this poor release.
But even if the films don't contain any bonusmaterial,why are they also don't feature optional soundtrack-versions like a few of the individual Criterion-Releases have?
For instance the individual Release of "Rashomon" (Spine No. 138)also contains an optional english dubbed soundtrack.
The individual Criterion-releases of "The Hidden Fortress" (Spine No.116) , "Yojimbo" (Spine No.52) and "Sanjuro" (Spine No.53) also contain an optional 3.0 Soundtrack,while the releases in this box are only monaural. The individual release of "Throne of Blood" (Spine No. 190) contains 2 different subtitles to choose. One from japanese film translator Linda Hoaglund,the other from Donald Richie.The DVD in this box only features the Donald-Richie-Subtitles.
And of course the film "Dodes'ka-den".....While in 1995 released on Criterion-Laserdisc (LD 291)with a 1,66/1 format,the later DVD-Release was cut to a 1,33/1 format (The individual release (Spine No. 465) as well as the DVD in this box)!
And don't let anyone fool you by telling you how good the quality of the picture and sound are.The 4 early films that are released here for the first time ("Sanjiro Sugata part 1 and part 2","The Most Beautiful" and "Those who Tread on the Tigers Tail")have a poor picture and sound quality.In fact even someone who's able understanding the japanese language can't watch the films "Sanjiro Sugata Part 1 and 2" without subtitles.The soundtrack is to poor to understand the whole film.
The 5 films that have already been released as Eclipse Series 7 ,Postwar Kurosawa("No Regrets for Our Youth","One Wonderful Sunday","Scandal","The Idiot" and "I live in Fear") have a better picture and sound then those four films mentioned before,but still not the ultimate.I got better releases of some of these five films from other countries in my collection.

But the other 15 films that are also individually available from Criterion do have a brilliant picture and sound !!!

At last one really positive thing is that this collection contains the 3-hour japanese cut of the film "Kagemusha",not the 2 and a half hour international cut that's avalable all over the world.
Sad Thing is that "The Quiet Duel","Dersu Uzala","Ran" and "Dreams" are not included in this box(I Love those films !).
As some other reviews already stated,the missing of "Rhapsody in August" is Ok.(I don't like That film!)
But those 5 films are individually available.
"Ran" as Criterion-Collection Double-DVD Spine No.316.But if you want the Criterion-DVD then you must be fast ,it's already OOP (Out Of Print).
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