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3.0 out of 5 stars DVD was a slight let-down, January 11, 2002
This review is from: Seven Samurai (Criterion Collection Spine #2) (DVD)
I bought this DVD with the idea that The Criterion Collection produces very high quality DVDs. Though I understand this is an old film, I was very surprised to find that the quality of the print was inferior to the DVD of the same film published in the UK by the British Film Institute (available on amazon's UK site). The UK release was transferred from a new and seemingly flawless print of the film. Perhaps this Criterion edition was from an older print - at least there were regular artifacts all over the screen, and in most of the brighter shots, for example where a lot of sky is visible, the picture pulsates. This is a familiar sight to anyone who watches old movies, but I was surprised to find it on this DVD, especially considering the perfect picture of the BFI release, which is so good that it looks like the film was shot yesterday. I also found the commentary was a little bit of a let-down. I found there was too much only slightly interesting trivia, and not enough analysis. That being said, the commentary on the UK DVD was completely worthless.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2011 5:10:06 PM PDT
Criterion released a REISSUE of the DVD in 2006 which FAR surpasses the BFI version. Of course it sucks if you picked up the 1998 version when it was released :(

Screenshots: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare7/sevensamurai.htm
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