Akira Kurosawa's Dreams [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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'Dreams' is split into eight segments, more so than stories as the segments are not always a tall-tale, more so a statement that Kurosawa seemingly needed to get out of his system. The first vision comes in the form of 'Sunshine through the Rain', a young boy -Kurosawa' has just left his house and run into the nearby woods only to find a parade emerging from a strange mist. He hides behind a tree watching on until they spot him looking and he runs away only to find that an angry fox has visited his home and left a sword for him to fall onto. The boy's new journey now is to search for the foxes' under the rainbow and beg for forgiveness.Read more ›
The DVD release is a strange one, the disc is a legitimate DVD-R. And odd way to release things and it threw me when I opened it, but after a bit of research I found it to be legit. Warner-Archives work like that, they do high-cost, low-quantity runs on DVD-R. And this is why I give this release (not this film itself) 2 stars.
DVD-R discs DO NOT LAST. This film which costs 2 or 3 times the amount of a normal DVD is destined to be ruined. Many studies have shown that DVD-R discs are less tolerant to time, heat, and other atmospheric conditions.
This is a shame as the quality of the transfer is great, the quality is fantastic.
My advice (as with other Akira films I have reviewed) is to wait, as annoying as that sounds.
There will be a blu ray of this one day, and sooner or later a proper PAL DVD release too.
The other dreams are completely different in style "Sunshine through the rain" is about a boy who sees a foxes wedding and "The peach Orchard" a tale of the cutting down of an orchard. "The Blizzard" is a dream about being lost which is very well done then comes my two favourites "Crows" which is about Vincent Van Gogh brilliantly played by Martin Scrosese and "Village of windmills" a beautiful depiction of a funeral which is full of colour and joy.
The whole disk is a master piece of cinematic genius a fitting disk to be had in anyones collection. The only things to notice is that it's in Japanese with english subtitles but at times you forget the subs because it's so well acted and filmed and that it's region 1 but if you have a player that takes them then get it.
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Thanks! It didn't say on the Amazon page that the DVD was for Region 2, so I just hoped for the best given that it was a British seller. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Helen White
What a wonderful collection of short film stories! The perfect way to have a relaxing evening despite the rather depressing tinge of many of the stories...Published 15 months ago by Alexander
Wonderful collection of short films Kurosawa made late in life.
Some of his best work - a masterclass.
Quality of this dvd 's is very good.
I have bought all of kurosawa's work on Criterion, but I missed out on this as it was not included in their lists! Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2013 by seamus o neill
The first two short stories, are totally enchanting and open to the non Japanese viewer the magical world of Japanese mythology and childhood. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2010 by mondonudo
Kurosawas's Dreams is absolute poetry: Words and colours draw this alegory of the human condition.
I'm inspired to see his other films.