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    Amnesty11

    I scanned the reviews here a little, but can’t quite decide what to purchase. Am turning 50 in a month and thought I’d purchase a good set (or two!) of the best releases as a present for myself. I know there is discussion all over this board about that, but want to get started quickly on Rashomon so hoped I could impose this question on the aficionados here….

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    Vili Maunula

    Did you look at the DVD guide, Amnesty?

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    Ugetsu

    From my experience, when in doubt, go for Criterion, they may be expensive but the quality is usually unbeatable.

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    Vili Maunula

    No no, what Ugetsu meant to say is: when in doubt, check Vili’s DVD guide. 😉

    But seriously, Criterion is a safe bet with Kurosawa, although be careful with a couple of the older releases like Seven Samurai and Yojimbo, which Criterion has since replaced with updated and vastly superior releases.

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    Amnesty11

    Thanks all. Vili, my apologies. I did a general search in the search box here and linked up to another sight’s review of the DVDs. Then a broader google search to find even more reviews etc. I don’t know what I wrote in that initial search box that took me so far afield, but clearly it I didn’t stay here in the AK Universe.

    However, luckily, I did purchase the Criterion release of Rashomon and it arrives tomorrow! It looks like the single Criterion releases may be the better way to go, merely because I love the voice over feature after I’ve watched the movie and the other special features on Criterion.

    Thanks for the link to your DVD guide. I was truly just rushing to purchase because I want to get started, but will use it as my “go-to” from now on.

    Also just wondering, (maybe I will start another thread about this) if anyone else finds Blue-Ray versions annoyingly real? I will start that thread soon ’cause I have a lot to say about it….

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    Amnesty11

    P.S. The AK 100 box doesn’t include the voice over commentary, if I’m correct. Does include a book that many seem to love, but the commentary is more important to me, so the single releases may be my best choice…whenever possible.

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    Vili Maunula

    Indeed, the AK100 box set lacks the extras, so if you want the commentaries and the documentaries (which are definitely worth it!), definitely go for the individual releases.

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    cocoskyavitch

    Amnesty, the Criterion Collection does single release bells and whistle projects that are delicious: I love their booklet and commentary and special focus extras on Mizoguchi with Ugetsu, and the similarly gorgeous and most recent Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai that Vili mentioned comes with a very nice, very lovely booklet and extras.

    I love choosing to watch a film with or without the commentary, too. It’s like having a friend entertaining/illuminating/blathering on while you watch. When it begins to bother me I turn it off. It’s very nice. What I find incredibly valuable, though, are the film extras. Pure gold, some of them!

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