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5.0 out of 5 stars nice presentation of some great films, 8 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Akira Kurosawa - The Samurai Collection [DVD] (DVD)
This was a bit of an indulgence purchase - I already own the films on a variety of formats, accordingly it is a review of two halves:

If, like me, your Kurosawa collection is a bit ramshackle, (some VHS backed up onto DVD, some DVDs) then this represents a nice opportunity to replace them with a nicely presented box set, slimline cases. Good notes, better than on some of the VHS cassettes.

If you don't know about these films, then this boxed set is a good value opportunity to see how Kurosawa borrowed the great film making traditions of the US, where they were forgotten so had to be borrowed back again.

As the titles suggest these are set in feudal Japan, four role model films used a basis for for the golden "Western" period, two of which were direct copies

Seven Samurai remade as The Magnificent Seven
Hidden Fortress
Yojimbo remade as A Fist Full of Dollars
Sanjuro (a sort of sequel to Yojimbo)

and Throne of Blood : Macbeth (and if you like that then get King Lear, Ran

The films are so good you stop noticing they are subtitled.
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2011 14:18:29 GMT
FWIW, "The Hidden Fortress" allegedly provided much of the basis for the original "Star Wars" film. The two servants morphing into R2D2 and C3PO, for example.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 21:44:25 GMT
And Sanjuro was transformed into "For a Few Dollars More". Wonderful films if you're hoping for action films that are driven by character. (Rather than wall-to-wall swordplay and gore - in which case, you're looking in the wrong place). Seven Samurai may just be the greatest such film ever made.
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