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Criterion. SEVEN SAMURAI. 3-Discs. The Greatest DVD EVER.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:30 pm
by Nordling
http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57572

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabits hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride - 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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

All-new restored, high-definition digital transfer
Commentary by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Donald Richie and more
Commentary by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
50-minute making-of documentary, "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful To Create"
Two-hour conversation between Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
New documentary, "Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences"
Theatrical trailers and teaser
New and improved English subtitle translation
Essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Kenneth Turan, Sidney Lumet and more


OH MY GOD.

WHEN LORD WHEN?!?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:31 pm
by The Vicar
Must have.
NOW.

Price is not an object.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:36 pm
by Chairman Kaga
NICE!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:38 pm
by papalazeru
That does sound tempting....

Im just wondering HOW restored it actually is. It was pretty low quality before, you seem to forget when you are watching a film of this caliber.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:40 pm
by Brocktune
kurosawa's clooney induced subterranean rotations have certainly slowed down as a result of this glorious news.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:45 pm
by The Hellboy
US R1 street date is September 5, 2006.

Or... 5 September 2006 for our UK bretheren.

Great artwork!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:46 pm
by Nordling
Where can we see the artwork? It's not working for me in that link.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:48 pm
by MasterWhedon
I'll put this on my shelf next to The Magnificent Seven, A Bug's Life and the space I'm reserving for the sure-to-be-awesome Weinstein remake.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:48 pm
by Brocktune
fuckin flash

i cant copy it.

the cover is all black, with the image from the flag on it.

i cant wait to see the new versions of yojimbo and sanjuro that they are doing as well.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:49 pm
by Brocktune
MasterWhedon wrote:I'll put this on my shelf next to The Magnificent Seven, A Bug's Life and the space I'm reserving for the sure-to-be-awesome Weinstein remake.


you bastard.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:52 pm
by Nordling
Oh man. If that's the cover I might just fuckin' cry.

SEVEN SAMURAI is my favorite film of all time. I think it's the best film ever made. And at last it seems to have been done justice.

I'm pre-ordering this as soon as it comes available, and I will spare no expense making sure this arrives first-day mail, hand delivered, by a Japanese UPS guy if possible. He'll nod with approval as I rip open the box, and scratch himself Mifune-style as he walks away.

Re: Criterion. SEVEN SAMURAI. 3-Discs. The Greatest DVD E

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:45 pm
by sonnyboo
Nordling wrote:http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57572
OH MY GOD.

WHEN LORD WHEN?!?


September 5th, 2006

Holy COW that rocks... I'm stoked. I saw a 35mm film print of this 2 years ago at thw Wexner Center with the upgraded translation (much better) and I love it.

This will be THE SHIITE!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:47 pm
by sonnyboo
MasterWhedon wrote:I'm reserving for the sure-to-be-awesome Weinstein remake.





WHAT????!!!!

Please insert SARCASM...

Image

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:36 pm
by ZombieZoneSolutions
So I have to buy this majestic film again??? No worries, its worth it. Often
imitated, never even come close to duplicating, the master, AKIRA KUROSAWA.

Oh, and the Weinsteins must die; if that remake ever actually sees the light
of day, I figure its okay to kill them. I have dibs on the brains; less filling,
tastes great; the braindead culturally vapid Weinsteins!

Shit on the film, I eat your heads, simple.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:41 pm
by ZombieZoneSolutions
MasterWhedon wrote:I'll put this on my shelf next to The Magnificent Seven, A Bug's Life and the space I'm reserving for the sure-to-be-awesome Weinstein remake.


Damn you!!! This is no time for jokes!!!

ARRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Criterion. SEVEN SAMURAI. 3-Discs. The Greatest DVD E

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:01 am
by HollywoodBabylon
Nordling wrote:http://www.image-entertainment.com/detail.cfm?productID=57572

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabits hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride - 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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

All-new restored, high-definition digital transfer
Commentary by film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Donald Richie and more
Commentary by Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
50-minute making-of documentary, "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful To Create"
Two-hour conversation between Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
New documentary, "Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences"
Theatrical trailers and teaser
New and improved English subtitle translation
Essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Kenneth Turan, Sidney Lumet and more


OH MY GOD.

WHEN LORD WHEN?!?



THIS I will be buying.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 9:07 am
by brendonconnelly
Just when I thought Criterion were fading behind the blazing, glorious glow of Eureka's Masters of Cinema, it becomes a two-horse race again.

Better for all of us.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:54 pm
by Nordling
Image

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:24 pm
by Nordling
Just bought the import soundtrack, too. Man, I'm jonesin' for this.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:31 pm
by John-Locke
sonnyboo wrote:
MasterWhedon wrote:I'm reserving for the sure-to-be-awesome Weinstein remake.





WHAT????!!!!

Please insert SARCASM...

Image


Knowing Whedons tastes he was probably being deadly serious.

He likes Crash too.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:51 pm
by The Vicar
This is going to be so sweet.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:42 pm
by Strabo
Oh my god, that's awesome. I have to go home and change my shorts.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:58 pm
by The Vicar
Sit still - they'll dry.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:02 pm
by ThisIsTheGirl
lol - I only visit the Kurosawa threads for Brock's comments!

Brocktune, you know: you really ought to be a mod.....

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:08 pm
by Nordling
11 MORE DAYS...

I NEED THIS DISC. I WANT IT. NEED IT.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:52 pm
by sonnyboo
Nordling wrote:11 MORE DAYS...

I NEED THIS DISC. I WANT IT. NEED IT.


I need all 3 discs...

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:33 pm
by Brocktune
im buying an extra copy so i can masturbate on it.

usually the discs dont play so well after i have ejaculated on them.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:58 pm
by minstrel
I've never seen this film. What's the big deal? Is it, like, based on the great Magnificent Seven, or something?

(ducks, runs for cover ...)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:04 pm
by Brocktune
hahaha

yes.

it is kurosawa's retelling of the story of yul brynner, the robot cowboy. only set in 16th century feudal japan.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:21 pm
by Chairman Kaga
Was it 16th century? I thought the firearms in the film were more modern than that.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:55 pm
by nodforlife
From the IMDB:

"The movie is set in 1586. We learn during the scroll scene that the real Kikuchiyo was born in year two of the Tensho era (1574) and is now 13 years old. Japanese convention considered a child to be one year old when he was born and advanced his age one year each new year."

Unless the samurai used a different calandar, this movie is in the 16th century. The firearms could be a technical mistake by the prop/historical research department on the film.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:00 pm
by Brocktune
well, here is what imdb had to say about it




but at first, i thought you might be right, because i could have sworn they hadn't pioneered the brynner robot until somewhere around the mid 19th century. after the decline of the tokugawa dynasty.
its crazy, the tricks memory plays on us.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 9:30 pm
by Nordling
Holy shit.

Best DVD ever.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:22 pm
by Captain_Fucking_Magic
If only there was some feature on the site to let people know of great dvds like this coming out each week. Someone make it happen.

Just opened it. Everything is nice about the exterior, except for the art on the discs themselves. Kinda lame. I know. Its just the label on the disc. Who cares. But anything would have been better than the just the new Criterion C logo covering it with the title in very small letters near the middle ring. I just looked at my Kicking and Screaming dvd and it has the same Criterion C logo covering the disc, but it also has the title covering it in the same design as its shown on the cover.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:10 pm
by Brocktune
Captain_Fucking_Magic wrote:If only there was some feature on the site to let people know of great dvds like this coming out each week. Someone make it happen.


Here you go

just click the link that says "sign up here to recieve Criterion's e-newsletter"


you now owe me one magic trick, captain.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:08 pm
by Captain_Fucking_Magic
Brocktune wrote:
Captain_Fucking_Magic wrote:If only there was some feature on the site to let people know of great dvds like this coming out each week. Someone make it happen.


Here you go

just click the link that says "sign up here to recieve Criterion's e-newsletter"


you now owe me one magic trick, captain.
.... I meant on THIS site.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:16 pm
by Captain_Fucking_Magic
So, that review... sure was something.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:33 am
by Nordling
I did a double feature with this and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.

Damn good movie weekend.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:24 am
by magicmonkey
Brocktune wrote:
Captain_Fucking_Magic wrote:If only there was some feature on the site to let people know of great dvds like this coming out each week. Someone make it happen.


Here you go

just click the link that says "sign up here to recieve Criterion's e-newsletter"



Done and done, cheers Brock and fellow magicman.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 11:42 am
by WinslowLeach
Nord, I picked it up a few weeks after you told me about it and you're 100% right. Its magnificent! I have to say, Kurosawa is one of those guys (like Bob Dylan) who just completely intrigues me. I can rewatch docs about him over and over as well as his movies.

If you love Kurosawa, this set is a MUST OWN!

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 1:33 pm
by The Ginger Man
I need to give this movie another try. I have no problem with older films or foreign films or whatnot...enjoy them all quite alot. But I've never made it through Seven Samurai w/o falling asleep. I've honestly never understood the hype around it.

Who knows, maybe this times the charm.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:41 pm
by Keepcoolbutcare
The Ginger Man wrote:I need to give this movie another try. I have no problem with older films or foreign films or whatnot...enjoy them all quite alot. But I've never made it through Seven Samurai w/o falling asleep. I've honestly never understood the hype around it.


i could've been up for 3 straight days, stoned out of my gourd whilst chewing on xanax and drinking warm milk, but if you threw the Seven Samurai on the tele, just seeing the initial scroll would jack me awake enough to make it the next 3 and 1/2hrs.

and i would love every second of them.

I've never understood why people just didn't stop making movies after the Seven Samurai, or why we don't digitally beam this film into every nook and cranny of the universe. I've never seen (film wise) a finer testament to our very humanity.

Cretin.

:D

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:47 pm
by Brocktune
emphatically seconded!

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 6:52 pm
by Keepcoolbutcare
nodforlife wrote:The firearms could be a technical mistake by the prop/historical research department on the film.


if I was in a bad mood I'd point and laugh at you for making such an asinine statement...

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:00 pm
by The Ginger Man
Hey, in this case I'm willing to place the blame on myself rather than the film. Obviously it holds something dear for many people and has a huge place in film history. And who knows, maybe the 2nd half is this ballistic, non-stop, action-packed, shit storm where seven samurai defy both God and Man in history's most stunning display of ass-kickery. But fuck if I know. Cuz that first hour? Zzzzzzzzzz

Why couldn't Kurosawa have made it more like A Bug's Life? It really would have helped.

;-)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:26 pm
by Keepcoolbutcare
The Ginger Man wrote:And who knows, maybe the 2nd half is this ballistic, non-stop, action-packed, shit storm where seven samurai defy both God and Man in history's most stunning display of ass-kickery. But fuck if I know. Cuz that first hour? Zzzzzzzzzz;-)


i know you're kinda joking and all, and I'll admit, the first 20-25minutes are kinda dull, but then Kurosawa begins the character development, little epiphanies and gestures that, at first glance, appear to be tossed off moments of niggling import, until the (admittedly slow) accumulation of those intercommunication's becomes just what most every other action film strives for yet rarely attains, empathy...empathy for the situation the characters find themselves in, empathy for their lot in the rigid hierarchical society the participants (often bafflingly, through no fault of their own) find themselves in. Kurosawa takes the masters dictum of "show, don't tell" to the nth degree, and, obvious stan that I am, the results are spectacular. You feel each and every death, each sacrifice, in all part due to the foundation that Kurosawa so painstakingly took the time to lay bare.

And hey, funny to boot. The interactions amongst the samurai are a riot. Building up individual characters is one thing, but a group dynamic? NEVER has Kurosawa's achievement in this regard been topped.

Really dude, caffeine-up, smoke a bowl, sit down with the 'lil lady (mine adored it, fuck she even got mad when I took a cig break before disc 2) and watch the master (still my pic for best director ever!) at his best.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:42 pm
by The Ginger Man
Tell ya what, KCBC. This Xmas break (or soon thereafters), I'll give it another shot. A complete, watch the whole thing, shot. You understood I was joking, admitted it starts off kinda dull (which few people would say about a film like this), and you explained it's appeal in a way I can respect (i.e. Not saying "It's like the greatest movie ever and you just gotta see it you know?!?").

So give me about 2 weeks time and I'll watch your Seven Samurai. Then I'll come back here and give you my full opinion.









Though I still think Kurosawa missed a great opportunity to have the samurai fight talking grasshoppers.

Criterion. SEVEN SAMURAI. 3-Discs. The Greatest DVD EVER.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:54 pm
by bastard_robo
I've seen a hell of a lot of stuff in my life, but SEVEN SAMURAI is not one of them.

Just never got around to it.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 9:05 pm
by Brocktune
a defect i would seek to remedy immediately.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:16 pm
by Retardo_Montalban
I have a similar affliction with the movie. The first time I watched the movie was at an annual Asian film festival held once a year that always plays Seven Samurai. I loved the movie and I always catch it when it plays again, but I can't sit down and watch it on T.V. It feels too busy with all the guys bunched up and the sweeping motions don't have as much resonance. It's just that movie though. I watch Rashomon and Ran and Yojimbo all the time on my crappy 20 inch T.V. I don't know what cinema's like in most places, so I can't recommend going to a theatre to watch it, but maybe find someone with a bigger TV and the movie might have more of an impact.