Some forum talk has indicated that Criterion may have lost their rights to Ran.
If true, this means that the DVD release is now out of print, and the planned blu-ray release of Ran cancelled. Both points seem to be confirmed by Criterion’s product page, which now lists Ran as Out of Print, while references to the blu-ray edition have been removed.
I have contacted Criterion for a confirmation or more information about the situation with Ran.
30 March 2009
Bugger! I do have the excellent Studio Canal HD but it has no English sub-titles. See screenshots here for what we might be missing with no blu-ray version: http://kurosawa.jokerman.net/ran.html
However I do prefer the Optimum Home Entertainment version to the Criterion: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000I5XNJC/languagnewsfo-21