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Genius in Black & White,
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This review is from: Criterion Collection: Yojimbo & Sanjuro: Two Films [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Brought this for my other half as a gift, as the director is an all time favourite of his.
Spent a lot of time researching which of the many variations of release of these movies to buy, and this was justified by the quality of the transfer, and being able to see the scenes as the director intended (not with bits of the edges chopped off as in some of the earlier releases).
The visuals were superb and, never having seen these films before, I found myself completely wrapped up in the stories. The comic touches that lighten the heavy moments are deftly dealt. It's easy to see why his reputation is so well deserved.
Highly recommended not just for fans, but for those new to his work.