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Great film - if you speak French. My own fault for not checking the product description more thoroughly. I have since ordered the English version. I love Kurosawa's films and will review that version of RAN.
Ran è probabilmente il film più rappresentativo di Akira Kurosawa. Rappresenta una diversa visione del modo di intendere il cinema. Il linguaggio visivo che adopera, per raccontare il Re Lear, rappresenta un modo nuovo di intendere quest'arte, che tantissimo ha influenzato i registi successivi. Un film che va visto nel modo più assoluto.
L'edizione del dvd è base base. Non è un granchè per tutto: video, sonoro, contributi speciali. Ma costa poco. Direi che è l'ideale per chi vuole conoscere quest'opera, ormai introvabile, senza spendere troppo.
I'm not going to talk about how great the film is - in short, it's one of my all-time favourite movies; movie - 5/5. I'm going to instead talk about Studio Canal's blu ray transfer quality. The video is quite good - significantly sharper than Criterion's DVD release, by nature of it being a blu ray. Faces look much sharper and easier to make out, and detail is seen quite thoroughly in closeups. Colour consistency is also quite good, but the colour never really "pops" as much as it could have if it had gotten a better restoration. Blacks are a bit muddy at times. If Criterion had been able to release Ran on blu ray, I'm sure that the image would have looked noticeably better, given how sharp, colourful, and consistent Kagemusha looks on the Criterion blu ray release. That being said, the image is still quite good - I'd give the video about a 3.7/5. What is weaker about the transfer, however, is the audio. Studio's canal's 5.1 (Japanese) audio track sounds quite clear overall. Again, in comparing Criterion's Kagemusha, this audio is decent at best. Studio Canal's Ran has audio which never "pops" as it should during the battle scenes, with clear, loud sound effects for the gunshots, and neither is the music projected as loudly and clearly as it should. The audio on the Criterion DVD of Ran may in fact be stronger than it is on this blu ray. Audio - 3/5
Studio Canal's Ran is still a must-buy for those who love the film. Because it's a blu ray, it's a step above the Ran Criterion transfer. It's a great shame that Criterion lost the rights to releasing Ran on blu ray just a month before they were going to release it, but Studio Canal's version isn't a bad compromise either for those who want to own Ran on blu ray.
L'histoire est l'illustration du proverbe "qui sème le vent récolte la tempête". Ran est un chef d'oeuvre de mise en scène et une somptuosité esthétique, c'est incontestable. Ce qui est plus contestable dans ce film, c'est la façon dont l'horreur est parée de magnificience visuelle, comme une guerre pouvait être belle ! Le jeu très outré du père est également un peu difficile à subir pour des Occidentaux. Enfin, à mon goût, la fin est trop elliptique: j'aurais aimé que le réalisateur exprime plus clairement sa pensée à propos du jeune frère aveugle. Le livret fourni avec cette édition est très intéressant, plus complet et plus réussi que celui qui accompagne l'édition blue-ray à boîtier orangé.