RASHOMON Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Invoke the phrase “greatest movie of all time,” and you’d better bring your A-game. Film fans don’t take their “bests” lightly; while fleeting passions may prompt easy praise (Avatar anyone?), smart folks know that real quality stands the test of …

Three New Screenplays by Akira Kurosawa Discovered in Japan

     October 29, 2010

Three previously undiscovered screenplays by master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa have been uncovered in Japan.  According to Sankei Sports (via The Playlist), Tokyo University Media Professor, Yasuki Hamano found the screenplays while researching for his upcoming book series Akira Kurosawa Archives …

SEVEN SAMURAI Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

For years now Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai has been ranked as one of the best movies ever made, and is usually considered one of the finest achievement in cinema. In the most recent Sight and Sound poll of the best …

Criterion Announces October DVD/Blu-ray Releases; Includes THE DARJEELING LIMITED, THE MAGICIAN, PATHS OF GLORY, THE DARJEELING LIMITED,…

     February 10, 2015

Criterion has announced their October releases and they’ve lined up some great titles including Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited, Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 film House.  Criterion has …

KAGEMUSHA Criterion Blu-ray Review

     February 6, 2015

Akira Kurosawa had three periods, all of which offered masterpieces. There was his early period, up to 1950’s Rashomon. This includes the excellent Stray Dog. At the time Akira Kurosawa was refining his craft. With Rashomon, Kurosawa entered the world …