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I was very disappointed to find many subtitles missing. While you see the films visually particularly with Throne of Blood where the words of the old woman are missing and The Hidden Fortress where the lyrics of the fire festival song are missing a great deal of the depth of these films is lost.
Five star films, of course. The blu-ray transfers here are very good, however I did purchase the Criterion Region A blu-rays of Seven Samurai and Yojimbo because their transfers were better (not a gimme, BFI's blu ray transfer of Rashomon is superior to Criterion's equivalent).
However if you don't have a multi-region player, you will certainly not be disappointed with this package. Thank you, Mr Kurosawa :)
Having never seen Seven Samurai and being a fan of Japanese films I've had these on my watch list for a while. I played Ghost of Tsushima and there was an option to play in black and white with Akira Kurosawa mentioned, so I decided now was the time to purchase. Definitely worth it and should have purchased sooner. Classic cinema and great stories, far superior to any American remake/retelling. There is a reason so many Hollywood greats are influenced buy Kurosawa.
I love Kurosawa but somehow feel disappointed by this collection. Seven Samurai and Hidden Fortress both great but the others somehow disappointing. Quickly produced it feels, all miles behind Seven Samurai. Haven't watched the last one. Newer samurai films not included. Excellent price for so many films but, unless you collect Kurosawa, no need to possess this particular box (not like five Tarkovskys for example, or five Herzogs or Kubricks)
Having just discovered Akira Kurosawa as a director and Toshiro Mifune as an actor, ( having watched Yojimbo for the first time several months ago), I was bowled over to say the least, I then ordered this DVD, as people more in the know than I am , recommended the seven samurai ,A.K directs in proper time and doesn't rush things, which makes it more true to life than nowadays, he must have been good, or else, his idea wouldn't have been pinched to make" The Magnificent Seven" or " Yojimbo" to make " A Fistful of Dollars" and I just love Toshiro Mifune, What an incredible actor, fabulous!! As for people saying some of the dvd's are poor quality, mine were fine, ,although, I wonder if its because I've got an ancient T,V (10 years old) a big old square one, where you can adjust the size, would it make a difference? Anyway, I ordered this, rec'd it earlier than expected , which was great
In this collection there are 3 very good films (seven samurai, yohimbo, sanjuro) and 2 poor ones (throne of blood - very dreary, hidden fortress - farcical and unconvincing) . It would be better to buy the good ones separately rather than in this collection.
The print of Yojimbo is a huge upgrade on the DVD. But Philip Kemp's commentary is terrible. He doesn't say anything for 2/3rs of the film and what he does say is rarely referencing what's happening on screen. Would genuinely like to know why that was considered suitable for such an expensive boxset. Had he never heard a dvd commentary before I wonder?