Two new region 2 DVD box sets from the British Film Institute are released today. The sets are called Kurosawa: Classics Collection and Kurosawa: Crime Collection and contain five and four films, respectively. The releases follow BFI’s earlier similar box sets Akira Kurosawa – The Samurai Collection and Early Kurosawa Collection which have been released within the past year or so.
The Classics Collection includes Ikiru (1952) I Live in Fear (1949), Red Beard (1965), The Lower Depths (1957) and Dodesukaden (1970).
The Crime Collection collects Drunken Angel (1948), Stray Dog (1949), The Bad Sleep Well (1947) and High and Low (1963).
As far as I’m aware, this is the first time that The Lower Depths and Dodesukaden are available on region 2 DVDs with English subtitles, so it is great news to see BFI put out these sets.
For more information about Kurosawa’s films on DVD, see the Kurosawa DVD guide.