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Seven Samurai [Blu-ray]
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on October 26, 2003
I saw this Kurosawa's famous movie "Seven samurai." Honestly, I thought this movie was good but not great. The story is good and entertaining, but it's little slow and sometimes I really can't hear what the actors say, especially Mihune. The acting wasn't that good. And this movie is just old now, or my expectation was too much for it.
If someone asks me if I enjoyed this movie, I'll say "Yes." No doubt!
I give 3 stars to this movie and 1 extra star to the name of Kurosawa, I think it'll explain a lot about what I want to say about this and all Kurosawa's movies. Maybe, Kurosawa's name adds some power to ordinary movies.
I'll just rent his movies, but I won't buy them.
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on July 20, 2003
Undoubtedly one of the greatest movies of all times in virtually every knowledgeable reviwer's list, the Criterion Collection's Seven Samurai DVD is without a doubt the finest version available with English Subtitles. If you are fluent in Japanese, however, and own a code-free DVD player you may want to consider the new Toho Studio's production, which is part of their "The Kurosawa Masterworks Collection"(sic). It is also available separately. Toho digitally remastered the originals for best sound and image, but this version has only Japanese subtitles.
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on October 23, 1998
You know the story... You know the artistry...
This is one of Kurosawa's masterpieces, HOWEVER, this DVD does not garner the 5 stars it deserves for two reasons. The release is not letterboxed, and the subtitles are white (and in a black and white film, the use of YELLOW subtitles is very important).
So, Criterion, if you plan on releasing anymore Kurosawa (esp. Throne of Blood...), do us a favor: widescreen to preserve the Emperor's vision, and yellow subtitles so we can read the dialogue.
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on July 6, 2004
Akira Kurosawa's heroic tale of honor and duty begins with master samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) posing as a monk to save a kidnapped child. Impressed by his bravery, a group of farmers begs him to defend their village from encroaching bandits. Kambei agrees and assembles a group of six other samurai, and together they build a militia with the villagers while the bandits loom nearby. Soon the raids begin, culminating in a bloody battle.
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on May 26, 2001
My feeling exactly for all the positive reviews of this movie . A great movie ( you'll never feel that it is 3.2hr long!) It is well worth your money and even though it is in B& W and mono! A definite reference DVD collection! I am a fan of the samurai history etc..it is definitely worth my S$70 purchase! . The audio commentary is superb which enhances your post-knowledge of the movie .
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on April 11, 2002
I bought this for my husband after he told me it was one of his favorite movies of all time. I understand it was very advanced for the time it was released, and the story is pretty interesting (to guys especially, it seems), but it might be the type of movie you have to watch in several sittings--it's 3 hours of samurai. He LOVED it though, and couldn't believe it was on DVD!
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on March 6, 1999
...Great. If you like westerns such as The Good the Bad and the Ugly, or Once Upon a Time in the West. Or maybe your obsessed with Bushido Blade. In any case, if you can look past the subtitles and culture shock, you will find an excellent film about 7 diverse samurai.
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on June 11, 2001
A movie worthy of being called an epic. Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted this story takes the viewer back to a place and time that can only be imagined and it does it with a richness and depth only imagined by few films today.
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on May 5, 2002
Although vastly different than the asian cinema I usually watch (Jet-Li, Bruce Lee), Seven Samurai still held my interest throughout the entire film.
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on October 4, 1999
I would give this movie 5 stars (it deserves it!) but I was disappointed that it's only full screen and NOT letterbox or widescreen. Why not?
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