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SEVEN SAMURAI (Blu-ray Edition) A film Akira Kurosawa One of the greatest films of all time Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai has influenced the work of director's from George Lucas to Steven Spielberg, and spawned remakes, such as John Sturges acclaimed The Magnificent Seven. With their village raided every year by vicious bandits, a group of peasants hire seven warriors to protect them. Initially met with suspicion the warriors eventually gain the trust of the peasants and they join forces to face the bandits This Blu-ray edition includes alternative presentations of the film, a new and exclusive interview with Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns, and the film's original Japanese trailer. Endlessly copied but never surpassed, Seven Samuraiis a truly timeless classic Special features Digitally re-mastered in High Definition Play with or without original intermission Original Japanese theatrical trailer The Art of Akira Kurosawa (2013, 49 mins): Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns discusses Kurosawa's career and influence Fully illustrated booklet with essays and credits Japan 1954 black & white Japanese language, with optional English subtitles 207 mins BD50 Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 1080p 24fps PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit Region b Cert PG (contains mild violence and mild bad language)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : Japanese
- Product dimensions : 19 x 14 x 1 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Item Model Number : MSE1275048
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Bfi
- ASIN : B00LJ07FBC
- Country of origin : United Kingdom
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 14,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I was delighted to be able to purchase this movie in Blu-ray format with high quality image and sound, as previously it was viewed on 35 ml celluloid which gave a very different effect.
It will become a family treasure, as other members will look forward to viewing it.
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The film is as old as I am!! I have seen a number of versions over the years, the major difference being the length of the film. The original is very long as it spends a great amount of footage on the first Samurai's funeral. This Blu-Ray version, at 207 minutes, is probably the longest anyone will now see on disk. Whether the original film and the full footage still exists I do not know.
When you realise that the greatest western "The Magnificent Seven" is based on this film, and other westerns and the StarWars trilogy are based on other Kurosawa films, you have to see them all to enjoy the artistry of this director.
"The Seven Samurai" is the pinnacle of Kurosawa's work
The movie running time is JUST under 3 and a half hours, it comes with several special features and a book inside the case. The quality, even in B&W, is flawless and sounds just as good as the immaculate picture quality.
About a dozen or more movies are either based on this or have inspired the writer / director to make a movie which includes Star Wars and the Magnificent 7.
If you love movies like I do or want to watch a classic that inspired a generation of other movies or ant to forget about the trouble in the world at the moment (Covid 19 or Coronavirus) then you must buy this movie. It is a classic that HAS to be seen to be belied hoe amazing it actually is!!!!
This is a black and white film, in Japanese with English subtitles. The quality isn't particularly brilliant but this has to be expected considering it was made in 1954. But don't be put off by any of this - you will be drawn into it and, like any great film, you will want more, even though it is 190 minutes in length. Do not expect blood spurting everywhere with guts hanging out and limbs being lopped off wherever possible - great character building, amusing incidents that will make you smile, shocking and sad moments, excellent fight scenes and realism are the order of the day. Watch out for Toshiro Mifune turning up to enlist - I laughed out loud (and still laugh whenever I remember it)
I suggest you watch this as a late night movie - it's great!