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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002ZG4Q5W
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Akira Kurosawa's brilliantly conceived retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear magically mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot and Kurosawa's own feelings about loyalty in the epic masterpiece, Ran. Set in 16th century Japan, Ran relates the tale of how an aging ruler, Lord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai), announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. Hidetora's decision to step down unleashes a power struggle among the three heirs when he falls prey to the false flattery bestowed upon him by the two older sons and banishes the youngest for speaking the truth. That ruthless betrayal ultimately drives Hidetora insane, destroying his entire family and kingdom. Deep human emotion and outstanding acting combine to create one of the most acclaimed foreign films of all time.

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Format: DVD
This film was the last of Kurosawa's great epics. It is loosely based on King Lear but with Kurosawa's own plot twists and injections of Japanese culture including Noh influences. The story basically revolves around the treachery of 2 of the Great Lord's sons after they are bequeathed his power and the rejection and final redemption of the son the Great Lord initially banishes. Although, the film is 2 and half hours long, it does not get boring. The acting is phenomenal, the battle scenes are spectacular, and the cinematography is breathtaking. The kind of filmmaking that Ran represents is virtually extinct. Movies no longer use thousands of extras and hundreds of real horses and can no longer convey the realism of movies like Ran. Fortunately for us, Ran is beautifully restored as you can see in the Restoration Demo under the special features. The commentary by Stephen Prince without a doubt establishes the 5-star rating for this DVD. He analyzes the film constantly from beginning to end pointing out salient features of Kurosawa's style and making sure we understand everything relevant to Kurosawa's direction of Ran. The second commentary by Peter Grilli is not quite as interesting unfortunately.
Despite the absence of the incredible Toshiro Mifune, I highly recommend this DVD.
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By A Customer on Aug. 20 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am reviewing the Masterworks Edition of Akira Kurosawa's "Ran". First, "Ran" is obviously an epic masterpiece and it is a must own item for any serious collector of world cinema. As a collector, I don't mind paying top prices for an excellent transfer or restoration of a classic film. However, I do mind paying a premium price and receiving a DVD that has the aspect ratio incorrect. The Masterworks Edition costs about the same as many Criterion Collection releases, yet they have delivered a butchered version of the film. In the opening credits, most of the cast and crew's last names have 3 or 4 letters chopped right off the end. In other words, the entire 160 minute movie is presented to the viewer with sections on both sides of the screen sliced off. It is a crying shame to see a film as historically important an "Ran" given such amateur treatment. However, the colour transfer is a vast improvement over the cheaper Fox Lorber DVD of "Ran". But, at least Fox Lorber got the aspect ration correct! So you have two inferior choices of this classic film to currently select from: (1) the cheaper Fox Lorber with the poor colour transfer but correct widescreen presentation or the (2) the more expensive Masterworks edition with excellent colour tranfer but incorrect widescreen presentation. I wish Criterion would get the rights to "Ran" and release a 2 disc edition with proper restoration of the film and plenty of additonal features - "Ran" deserves to be treated with respect and Criterion wouldn't mess the job up like Fox Lorber or Masterworks.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"Director Akira Kurosawa,"Ran" the movie that people are calling a masterpiece of work,
for world cinema and beyond,this is the sort of movie that would make you go,okay hold on now
this is actually true,never give people power that can't be handle in the most appropriate manner,
most of the time it usually doesn't work,
I will give you the players of this fine movie,
"Lord. Hidetora Ichimonji [Tatsuya Nakadai]
"Taro. Takatora Ichimonji [Akria Terao]
"Jiro. Masatora Ichimonji [Jinpachi Nezu]
"Saburo. Naotora Ichimonji [Daisuke Ryu]
"Lady Sué. [Yoshiko Miyazaki]
Shuri Kurogane. [Hisashi Igawa]
Set in 16th century Japan "Ran" relates to the tale of an aging old ruler, Lord Hidetora who announces
his intention to step down from power and divide his land to his three sons, who in turn gives him
nothing but grieve,that eventually sent him stirring mad,
even though the fake blood was really really bad in the movie I still enjoyed it,
as perplex as I was about the the one scene in the movie, when Lord Hidetora went to one of his sons
castle he had to bow to his wife, now I'm not a bigamist, but I though in 16th Century Japan women were
just second class to men, just asking I really don't know,
now picture quality is good, but the Aspect Ratio seem very weird and not right.
Great Movie To Listen To The Words.Not Like Someone Here. Who Only Want Action.
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Format: DVD
I read "King Lear" several years ago and I confess that I got lost from time to time in the play. I believe that I understand it a lot better now that I have seen "Ran". This is one of those film epics ala "Dr. Zhivago" or "Lawrence of Arabia" with the added bonus that Shakespeare helped with the screenplay. I might get into trouble with that last comment. After all, the language was a little more down to earth but still on a level well above your typical epic. This foreign film won an Academy Award for best costume design and it's not hard to see why. The only problem is, nobody ever seems to get theirs dirty except when they're killed. There are a number of battle scenes that bring to mind the old film trailer line..A CAST OF THOUSANDS. The color and quality of the film are superb on this version at least until the last part where it darkened rather noticeably. Although it's 160 minutes in length, I have no complaints about that fact. I do have to admit that I had to take a break a time or two to run some errands but the story line was well developed so I had no trouble picking up where I left off. This would have been an impressive movie to see on the big screen. Like the play, this is a tragedy in which many characters are killed but the motivation behind it all is the heart of it's story.
As I always do with foreign language DVD's, I watched this initially in its' original language with English subtitles. The acting was so good, I believe I will continue to watch it that way. I would recommend this movie to anyone has something of an appreciation for Shakespeare and an appreciation for good movies. I came away with the impression that I had just seen a cinema classic for the ages. You may just get the same reaction.
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