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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic that inspired many tributes
A reviewer once wrote that the most amazing thing about Seven Samurai is that one-and-a-half hours into the movie, we're still in the character development part, and nobody's even noticed the movie has been running that long already. sure, it's not for everybody, especially for those who grew up with mostly Hollywood commercial fare that last 70-90 minutes. but for even...
Published on July 19 2004 by Lakan Kildap
3.0 out of 5 stars Criterion Is NOT the Paragon of Quality
For a film with such a hefty price tag, I would expect the english subtitles to at least be accurate...there are instances, such as when the word "become" is confused with "because," that simply make no sense.
Aside from that (again keeping in mind the massive price tag Criterion has assigned to this disc), there are plenty of scratches and weird...
Published on July 22 2002
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible film,
This is juat an incredible film. Upon learning that their village is going to be plundered, a community of peasants decides to try to enlist the help of some samurai to defend them. With nothing to offer them but food, a couple of peasants go out in search of some "hungry" samurai. The samurai that enlist each do so for their own reasons, but they all come together to defend the village from the raiders. The characters, acting, and story all make this a fantastic film. It clocks in at over 3 hours, but doesn't seem that long. And even though it's all in Japanese and subtitled in english, you wont mind!
One complaint however: this DVD will only play in one of my three DVD players (I have a Toshiba, a Sony, and a Memorex DVD-RW, and it only plays in the Sony).
5.0 out of 5 stars one of best movies ever made,
Where have I been for the last 50 years. This movie is a must have. It's smart, funny, action packed, and timeless (meaning that everything Kurosawa did, people are still biting today). The final fight scenes are incredible. It's funny, people watch Kurosawa's "Hidden Fortress" due to Lucas saying it inspired him to do "Star Wars" but every Kurosawa movie I see has a piece of Star Wars in it. What a thief.
5.0 out of 5 stars Before its TIME!,
This movie is way before its time. The emotions of not only one or a couple heros are conveyed. There are so many twists and it drives you from laughter to anger to sadness and sheer delight. It is about 3 hours long, but there is NEVER a stale or boring moment, every second has consistency
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but could have been great....,
Alright Seven Samurai is Awesome! No Doubt! But it needs to be digitally Remastered and cleaned up. The DVD version also seems darker than the original film was.
5.0 out of 5 stars great film with moving characters,
not only the definitive samurai epic, but a moving character study in the hands of perhaps the greatest master of crowd action sequences in film. the first action epic and one that deserves a place in any film collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars Check the original aspect ratio nefore you complain...,
I'm sick of all the people that complain "Why isn't it in letterbox/widescreen?!! I can't believe they butchered it and put it in fullscreen!" etc. It was shot in 1.33:1 ratio, and its displayed here in its original ratio, so before you complain about it and give them grief, know what you're talking about. All it takes is a little google search or god forbid a look at the box where it says "original aspect ratio..."
...and I never thought that sitting through 3+ hours of a 50s Japanese film would fly by faster than most of the 1.5 hour movies I see today. I was never board for a second. But I can see how it may not be some people's thing. Since Criterion are expensive, just give it a rent first.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!,
This is my first Akira Kurosawa movie, and I thought it was wonderful. It is almost 3 and a half hours long, black and white, and the subtitles go by qickly sometimes and can be hard to see on top of a white background, but none of that matters. The black and white adds to the feel of the movie, and it is the perfect length.
The movie starts abruptly, with a village of farmers who need the help of samurai to defeat a group of bandits who keep raiding their village. All of the samurai, some more than others, have distinct personalities. My favorite was Kikuchiyo, the loud, enerjetic samurai with a troubled past. As the movie progresses, and the battle draws nearer, many things are learned about the characters.
This movie deserves to be called a classic. A must see.
5.0 out of 5 stars IN MY OPINION THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE,
I've loved this movie since the first time i saw it. It has everything you could possibly want in a movie - Action, great acting, Romance, and a cast of characters that you will be absolutely captivated with. The directors excellent choices of landscapes and beautiful scenery as well as his excellent sense of timing and mood in weather. You can't go wrong with this movie. It is the greatest movie ever made in IMHO. If you are a movie collector you MUST have this movie
5.0 out of 5 stars WOOT,
By A Customer
this movie is amazing! pure genious! there is a playstaton 2 game out, as a tribute to this movie called SEVEN SAMURAI 20XX (hmm odd name hey?) well the game is a hack and slash, but its amazing too, it allmost exactly follows the story of the movie. and kambei is in the game too!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie !!,
By A Customer
This is an incredible movie. I loved it. Not only does the Seven Samurai have loads of action, but there are other aspects of this movie that make it such an enjoyable experience to watch. The thing I like best about this movie was the humor. Some of the lines said by the samurais were so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing! Even though things got silly at times, there was ,however, a very serious side to the movie and it made you realize how tough life can really be. I have watched several of Akira Kurosawa's films such as Ran, etc, and by far, this is his best work. The only complaints I have about this movie was that it was in black and white and so I had a hard time reading the white lettering of the subtitles. This movie is a true gem. I was thinking of buying it, but my oh my, it is quite costly! Nevertheless, it is worthy to put in anyone's collection. It is rare that you'll ever find a movie as good as this, it is in a league of it's own. Truly a masterpiece that should be cherished!
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