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3 Disc ‘Seven Samurai’ on its way

On September the 5th this year Criterion will release a new edition of Seven Samurai, and this one looks like it will finally be the definite one. Certainly better than Criterion’s previous releases, the 3 DVD packet comes with loads of extras, including two commentary tracks. Here are the finer details:

Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai)

Catalogue number: CC1649DDVD

Length: 207 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Picture: “All new restored, high-definition digital transfer”

Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English (“new and improved”)
Audio: Dolby Digital Mono

Discs: 3
DVD layering: Dual

Special features:

  • 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 Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima
  • New documentary, “Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences”
  • Thetrical Trailers and a teaser
  • Essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Kenneth Turan, Sidney Lumet, and more

Sources: Image entertainment, Cinema Fusion.

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