Comments on: Akira Kurosawa’s Films on DVD http://akirakurosawa.info A website devoted to the study and appreciation of Akira Kurosawa's works and related subjects Sat, 14 Apr 2018 16:39:16 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 By: Vili Maunula http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-39172 Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:18:48 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-39172 It is very fortunate that, thanks mainly to the efforts of Criterion, BFI and Madman, we now have proper transfers and English subtitle translations of all of Kurosawa’s films. Back when we had to rely on Mei Ah and Bo-Ying, things were very poor indeed. Not to mention confusing!

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By: Airfix90 http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-39168 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:24:15 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-39168 Like the whole website, this page is also extremely interesting, complete, and informative. Really guys, congratulations.

So, while I was under the impression that I have all the commentaries on Kurosawa DVDs, suddenly I find out here that Brits and Aussies have some commentaries of their own. Like Vili, I too am curious about the areas these commentaries cover (especially if they are about the metaphoric use of weather elements).

If there is such a thing as a Russian commentary on Dersu Uzala with a Russian release DVD that should be interesting too.

I can see there have been thorough discussions on Bo-Ying and Mei Ah companies too on this website. A very young friend who was studying filmmaking watched their Seven Samurai version and hated it, when I gave him Criterion’s version he couldn’t believe this was the same film. (Same thing happened for another friend regarding John Ford’s Stagecoach).

From my own experience, I gather that the main problem with most of their releases is that apparently they are DVD transfers from video tapes which in turn took place forty years ago when they used to project a film on the wall and record it with a video camera, mostly Betamax, at least for the Stagecoach case I can bet on this).

I used to travel to China a lot until two years ago and I have a lot of their box sets, I do not recommend Kurosawa ones but in fairness, I should say their James Bond box set (including all but the last three with Daniel Craig) was excellent with unbelievable extras which only cost me $20 (after haggling from the original £150).

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By: Vili Maunula http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-38509 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:55:33 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-38509 Thanks for the information, Anton! Did you happen to watch the commentary on the Madman release as well? If you did, how is it?

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By: Anton http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-38505 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:09:38 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-38505 The Lower Depths was released by BFI on VHS way back, which was fine as I remember it (a while since I watched it, though, so…).

The madman DVD is pretty bad, contrast-wise. Lots of ‘whiting out’ of detail. I’m now watching the Criterion DVD, which appears to be vastly superior.

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By: Garen http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-22785 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:13:50 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-22785 I’ve just discovered that you can buy Dreams in the UK via the iTunes store (so, a download). They have two other Kurosawa films available – Ran and Rashomon, but they are already available on R2 DVD. But at last I get to see Dreams 🙂

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By: Vili Maunula http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-21609 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 06:15:41 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-21609 Mike, off the top of my head (I don’t have the prints to compare, as I’m travelling at the moment), I think that it’s mainly because PAL format prints like BFI’s tend to run 4% faster than NTSC ones like Criterion’s. There is no extra footage on the Criterion print, although the opening and ending titles and/or intermission may be timed a bit differently.

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By: Longstone http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-21604 Sun, 01 Aug 2010 09:17:36 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-21604 Hi
apologies if this has been discussed before but I have a Red Beard DVD query,
I noticed that the time listed on the BFI release is 172 minutes and the Criterion release is 185 minutes ? Is there more footage ? or is it due to maybe differing lengths of the intermission ?
thanks very much
Mike

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By: Diego http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-21153 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 16:04:18 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-21153 For the Italian-speaking Kurosawa lovers, can I suggest the Mondo Home Entertainment 2008 edition of Throne of Blood that I co-edited – double DVD with documentary on Noh theatre and film comment by Noh scholars.

A review (in Italian) here http://www.close-up.it/spip.php?article3945

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By: Pradeesh http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-21012 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 11:57:42 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-21012 Thanks Vili, really appreciated this. Will try contacting these people.

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By: Vili Maunula http://akirakurosawa.info/akira-kurosawa-movies-on-dvd/#comment-21009 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 09:12:30 +0000 http://kurosawa.vertebratesilence.com/kurosawa-on-dvd/#comment-21009 Pradeesh, I would imagine that you will want to contact Akira Kurosawa Productions Co. and possibly Toho Company Ltd. They will know who has the rights and where.

Good luck with the project!

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