Sound & Vision, which calls itself the world’s largest entertainment equipment magazine, has given us yet another top 10 of 2006 list. In this one, Criterion’s triple-DVD take on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai appears as the 4th highest ranked DVD release. (“A mini film-school course on Akira Kurosawa and the samurai genre. Fifty-year-old movies have no business looking this good.”)
The list is actually topped by John Ford’s The Searchers, who obviously has his own significance for those familiar with Kurosawa’s influences.
20 January 2007
I have four of their top five (and six of their top 10), and as much as I love Seven Samurai, I have to say the Searchers is absolutely stunning. While Seven was a step up from the previous Criterion edition, the Searchers was a millionfold improvement. If you have not scene this version of the John Ford classic, please do, it is easily the best Wayne/Ford movie, and a beautiful film. The final shot still moves me after multiple viewings.