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Criterion Coll: Ran [DVD] [1985] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tatsuya Nakadai , Akira Terao , Akira Kurosawa    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû, Mieko Harada
  • Directors: Akira Kurosawa
  • Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Hisao Kurosawa, Katsumi Furukawa, Masato Hara
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BB14YY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,371 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
The recent UK 2 disc edition (which isn't listed here yet despite the fact I've seen it in the shops) is an insult to our inteligence by being the dubbed version.
This US version in Japanesse with subs is a far superior edition and I'd urge all fans of the film in the UK to go for this instead.
Theres no region listed on the box and I've tried it in 3 players and it worked in all of them. I'm therefore pretty certain that this is an ALL REGION disc.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of cinema's all time greatest films 2 Jun 2007
By JDB11
Akira Kurasawa is a monolithic figure in world cinema and this film is in my view his very best work. The story, as is well known, is simply a reworking of Shakespeare's King Lear. The Great Lord decides to abdicate and divide his empire between his three sons, one of whom says this is madness as greed will destroy the family and is promptly exiled. Kurasawa brilliantly captures the melodrama at the centre of Shakespeare's play and lays it on thick. There is no subtly to the acting or the plot, as this is not faithful to the material, but the spirit is well realised.

It is the quite simply breathtaking cinematography that really makes this stand out. From shots of mounted samurai on the green and otherworldly slopes of mount Fuji to the beautiful castle interiors Kurasawa paints a wonderful picture. The colours are vibrant and the shot composition is extremely clever. I am personally most impressed by the first lavish battle scene which conveys the horror of war and its brutality so vividly with blood running from the castle walls and storms of arrows. This however, is no simple battle as you would find in a hollywood film. Eerie music plays over the top and troops are portrayed running backwards and forwards in such a way as to give the impression of the noise and activity of the battle without actually showing it.

Ran is also a wonderful advert for the extreme folly of war. King Lear is quite bleak, but Kurasawa's imagining of this element is heart wrenching. The way that the film reaches its conclusion and each character is killed off is deeply moving, and perhaps the final shot of the one character who survives is the worst of all.

If you are looking for a clever innovative plot then this is not the sort of film to look out for.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Bad, Lazy Transfer 2 Oct 2009
This import Studio Canal is no better than an upscaled DVD. Detail is lost, or non-existent. I had hopes for this transfer since Criterion lost the rights to remaster and this appears, no, shows, that the DVD master was transfered directly to Bluray.

Don't waste your money if you have the DVD. Criterion is one of the few who values quality. Hopefully, Criterion will have rights to remaster this great work properly. The film's opening credits are fuzzy yet the English subtitles are sharp. I believe Studio Canal used the original DVD master and only upgraded the subtitles for this release. I suspected that this would be the situation when I haven't seen any feedback about this release. I will think twice before I pre-order again.

Criterion's excellent release of "In The Realm of the Senses" makes this Studio Canal transfer look worse than Gladiator. I truly regret paying so much for an import that isn't a true highdef product. This total disregard for quality is what makes the average person think that paying extra for high def when this is the result is foolish, and they are correct when this is an example of what is being released.

Avoid at all costs and hope for a Criterion release.

My setup:
47" 1080P LCD
Panasonic BD30 and Momitsu Bluray
Oppo 983H DVD
Onkyo 605 HDMI HD Receiver
Definitive Technology Speakers and Subwoofer's
Sitting 6.5 feet away from the screen.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I see why my friends love this so much 16 Aug 2007
"Ran" is the first film I've watched by Akira Kurosawa. Now I'm a huge fan of his work thanks to my Amazonian friends who had already seen it. When a legend like Kurosawa, does a King Lear adaptation at the tender age of 75, one would expect a small-scale film concentrating on the human elements of the story. That he produced an epic of such proportions makes a further evaluation of the great man's contribution to cinema necessary.

"Ran" is set in medieval Japan and follows the basic King Lear narrative closely. Lord Hidetora is an aging warlord and, wanting a peaceful retirement, decides to divide his kingdom up amongst his three sons. After banishing the youngest, Saburo, for pouring scorn on the idea, Hidetora finds himself an unwanted obstacle to the older two. After repeated humiliations, pride forces Hidetora into vain wanderings on the open plain, his state of mind declining as rapidly as his entourage.

The film sets itself the unenviable task of trying to explain the precarious position man holds within the universe. Man is seen to be elevating himself to such a level that he dreams of challenging the very laws of nature. Hidetora has achieved his status through deception, callousness and violence; his notion to wash away the blood he has spilt in happy retirement is scornfully thrown back by the elements. The speed and manner in which he is forced to lie in the bed he has made for himself should serve as a warning to all.

The films large set pieces, particularly two quite stunning battle sequences, are staged magnificently, but 'Ran' is no empty epic. The characters and their motivations are fully explored and the tension built up by the dialogue fully compliments the action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film.
A mite confusing at first with all the names etc, but that is par for the course in Japanese films of the Samurai category. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Inquisio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by Nickan A.
5.0 out of 5 stars the lord should have expected psychopathy - timeless genius 10/10
Brilliant use of colour
So is a samurai take on Shakespeare's King Lear
sometimes feels like a comedy
Published 19 days ago by R.Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars ran by akira kurosawa fascinating film
I've always liked kurosawa's movies since i saw seven samurai on tv many years ago,there is a lot of swordplay in some of his movies but you dont see any blood most of the violence... Read more
Published 5 months ago by charleshauxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Akira Kurosawa film
As with all Kurosawa film's he delves deep into the history and codes of the samurai and it has been loosely baised on Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Black Bear
3.0 out of 5 stars good film
Don't get me wrong its a good film but I found it slightly lacking. I read reviews online of the film that said the battle scenes where excellent. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hannah Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars A specialised item
For those who appreciate good cinema it is an excellent present. I sent it as a gift and it was well received.
Published 7 months ago by J. Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite great
Although the movie is wonderful and the characters and battle scenes and imagery are all incredible, it can get a little tedious at times and important things can happen very... Read more
Published 10 months ago by wilf
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurosawa proves again that Shakespeare was Japanese. This time in...
This is an excellent film, with an impressive scenario and extraordinary visual aspects. Below, more of my impressions with some SPOILERS. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maciej
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