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Seven Samurai

Akira Kurosawa

 
Seven Samurai (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

2 Discs

SRP: $49.95

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  • Japan
  • 1954
  • 207 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  
  • Spine #2

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with the original uncompressed monaural soundtrack and an optional DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries, one featuring film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie, and the other Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
  • Fifty-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation from 1993 between directors Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
  • Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that helped shape Kurosawa’s masterpiece
  • Theatrical trailers and teaser
  • Gallery of rare posters, behind-the scenes photos, and production stills
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Kenneth Turan, Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune from 1993

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Kurosawa’s Early Influences

By Peggy Chiao October 19, 2010

The themes, symbolism, and aesthetic forms of Akira Kurosawa’s films owe their origins to the ideas and sensibilities that captured his imagination as a young man. These include Marxism, which . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Time of Honor: Seven Samurai and Sixteenth-Century Japan

By Philip Kemp October 19, 2010

There’s an old Chinese curse that runs, “May you live in interesting times.” And sixteenth-century Japan was certainly an interesting time from a dramatic point of view—which is undoubtedly why . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Hours and Times: Kurosawa and the Art of Epic Storytelling

By Kenneth Turan October 19, 2010

The great German composer Richard Strauss was conducting his three-hour-plus Der Rosenkavalier when—or so the story goes—he turned to his concertmaster and said, “My, this is a long opera.” “But . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Seven Samurai

By David Ehrenstein November 22, 1999

Breathtaking, fastmoving, and overflowing with a delightfully self-mocking sense of humor, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is one of the most popular and influential Japanese films ever made. . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Did You See This?

March 25, 2016

Director Ben Wheatley discusses his favorite films, which include Godard’s Weekend. After watching it, he says, “I almost felt like I’d had the stack of cards in my head rearranged and . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Clippings


Three Reasons


Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Kurosawa’s Early Influences

By Peggy Chiao October 19, 2010

The themes, symbolism, and aesthetic forms of Akira Kurosawa’s films owe their origins to the ideas and sensibilities that captured his imagination as a young man. These include Marxism, which . . . Read more »


Film Essays

A Time of Honor: Seven Samurai and Sixteenth-Century Japan

By Philip Kemp October 19, 2010

There’s an old Chinese curse that runs, “May you live in interesting times.” And sixteenth-century Japan was certainly an interesting time from a dramatic point of view—which is undoubtedly why . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Hours and Times: Kurosawa and the Art of Epic Storytelling

By Kenneth Turan October 19, 2010

The great German composer Richard Strauss was conducting his three-hour-plus Der Rosenkavalier when—or so the story goes—he turned to his concertmaster and said, “My, this is a long opera.” “But . . . Read more »


Features

Arthur Penn on Akira Kurosawa

September 30, 2010

American film legend Arthur Penn, the director of The Miracle Worker, Bonnie and Clyde, and Little Big Man, and other classic movies, died this week at age eighty-eight. When we heard the sad . . . Read more »


Interviews

Impressions of a Career: Peter Cowie on Kurosawa

March 12, 2010

The monthlong Akira Kurosawa centennial celebrations continue with the release this week of Rizzoli’s gorgeously illustrated hardcover book Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema, written by frequent . . . Read more »


Features

Remembering Kurosawa

By Donald Richie December 09, 2009

Not that he himself wanted to be remembered. Rather, he wanted his work to be remembered. He once wrote: “Take ‘myself,’ subtract ‘movies,’ and the result is ‘zero.’” It was as though he thought . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Seven Samurai

By David Ehrenstein November 22, 1999

Breathtaking, fastmoving, and overflowing with a delightfully self-mocking sense of humor, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is one of the most popular and influential Japanese films ever made. . . . Read more »

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