BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, and THE HIDDEN FORTRESS Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

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Criterion has recently released Cannes Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, Errol MorrisA Brief History of Time, and Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress on Blu-ray.  What do these films have in common? Absolutely nothing.

Hit the jump for my Blue is the Warmest Color Blu-ray review, my A Brief History of Time Blu-ray review, and my The Hidden Fortress Blu-ray review.

RASHOMON Criterion Blu-ray Review

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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 time. Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon is one of perhaps ten films that you could call the greatest out of the gate without immediately being challenged. An undisputed masterpiece, it not only established the director’s reputation but it changed filmmaking in the process. The good people at Criterion, always mindful of cinema’s legacy, have assembled a Blu-ray copy worthy of its exalted status. Hit the jump for my full review.

Splendent Media Picks up Remake Rights to Majority of Akira Kurosawa’s Filmography including 19 Unproduced Screenplays

by     Posted 3 years, 9 days ago

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Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest directors of all-time.  It’s indisputable so don’t even try.  However, his work is not immune from the clutches of remakes and his classics Seven Samurai, High and Low, Ikiru, and Drunken Angel have all been in development at one point or another.  However, most of his work has remained out of the hands of a single company until now.  Variety reports that new production company Splendent Media (the folks behind Al Pacino’s upcoming film Wild Salome) has picked up the remake rights to 26 of Kurosawa’s films including Yojimbo, Ran, Kagemusha, Dreams, and Rashomon.  In addition, Splendent also now owns 24 films Kurosawa wrote but didn’t direct and 19 unproduced screenplays.

Hit the jump for why you shouldn’t be dismayed.

Three New Screenplays by Akira Kurosawa Discovered in Japan

by     Posted 3 years, 307 days ago

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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 in which the scripts will be collected.  Two of the scripts–Kanokemaru no Hitobito (The People of Kanokemaru) and Ashita o Tsukuru Hitobito (The People Who Make Tomorrow)—are for feature films while the third–Yoki na Kojo (The Cheerful Factory)—was for a radio drama.  Hit the jump for details on these projects.

For those who don’t know, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most legendary and influential filmmakers of all time.  His body of work features numerous classics including Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Rashomon, and Ran.  Kurosawa passed away in 1998 at the age of 88.

SEVEN SAMURAI Criterion Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 3 years, 315 days ago

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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 films ever made, critics ranked it eleventh (its highest charting was in 1982 at #3) while filmmakers ranked it ninth. It’s ranked thirteenth on IMDb.com’s list of the greatest films of all time. Ain’t no denying that Kurosawa and his cast (including Toshiro Mifune) made a masterwork. And my review of The Criterion collection’s Seven Samurai after the jump.

Criterion Announces October DVD/Blu-ray Releases; Includes THE DARJEELING LIMITED, THE MAGICIAN, PATHS OF GLORY, THE DARJEELING LIMITED, HOUSE and SEVEN SAMURAI

by     Posted 4 years, 47 days ago

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 provided us with high resolution front and back cover art as well as details on each release.  Hit the jump to take a look.  All are being released on DVD and Blu-ray:

KAGEMUSHA Criterion Blu-ray Review

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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 stage as one of the greats, having already started his long partnership with Toshiro Mifune. This king of the arthouse period runs from 1950 through until 1965′s Red Beard. This was the last film the two would do together. 1970′s Dodesukaden started his color period, and it started with Kurosawa in supreme pain, having recently contemplated suicide, and having run through one of the darkest chapters of his life and career. Everything after sputtered for a bit, perhaps having something to do with being fired off of Tora! Tora! Tora! My Review after the jump.

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