The British Film Institute will be releasing Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai later this year, with the release date currently set for October 21, 2013. This will be the first time that an English friendly Region B edition of the film is made available on blu-ray.
At this point, very little information is made available about the forthcoming edition, with no word yet about the quality of the transfer or the bonus materials included.
The release can nevertheless already be pre-ordered from Zavvi, with whom BFI has an exclusive deal for a limited steel book edition. If you are unfamiliar with Zavvi, one of their selling points is very low international delivery prices and, based on personal experiences, fairly good customer service.
Will you be pre-ordering the set or wait until more details are released? What would you like to see or hear on a new Seven Samurai release? And how in your opinion can BFI beat Criterion’s magnum opus release, available both on DVD and blu-ray in the US?
Finally, what do you make of the artwork? Is the cover’s apparent hinomaru design weirdly anachronistic, or is it actually appropriately fitting, considering the film’s themes and the flag’s connotations of imperialism and nationalism?