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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams [DVD] [1990] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1ZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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These eight short films are indeed slow paced, as the Official reviewer says, but that is intentional and is suited to the dream world in which they are placed. These are beatiful, moving and often tragic films which can be watched again and again. Not light entertainment, but great art.
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Remaining (arguably) as his most delicate example of cinema, the late Akira Kurosawa left it the customary five-long years before releasing the long-anticipated Japanese epic 'Ran', before patiently waiting another five years when the highly established director let loose 'Dreams'. After finding finance from movie brats George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg and a secure release courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Kurosawa began to write the screenplay for 'Dreams', a personal journey through some of the hallucinations he had seen in his sleep. Born 1910 in Tokyo, Akira Kurosawa was the seventh child to three brothers and three sisters. Before breaking into films, Kurosawa was enrolled in the Japanese army - from which one of the "Dreams" are present in the film - and later as a member of the Japanese Physical Education Association. In 1943, Kurosawa took the helm of 'Sanshiro Sugata', his first feature, which he followed up with Part-2 in 1945.Through the years, Kurosawa made 31 features, at first pumping out one or two a year, until his three hour epic 'Red Beard' which started his ritual 5 year seize between releases.
'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.
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It's so satisfying to get a film completely dedicated to the non-linear cause! Here, Kurosawa unashamedly enjoys the sensual impact of images and memories "in themselves" without symbolist or conceptual reduction ready to demote them. The images themselves have bee worked at very hard, both on set and in post-production, and I know few films that can rival such artistic alertness. Kurosawa does, however, manage to squash in quite a bit of personal wisdom in the form of lengthy monologues, but that shouldn't detract from what is a beautiful and hypnotic experience. Seeing the Van Gogh episode is the closest I have come to living out a personal fantasy on film.
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Please look for good reviews of this film as many exist, I am not going to talk about the film it self (which is weird but in a good way in my own opinion).

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.
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Such beauty is at ease through the mind of the veteran director. With the help of Spielberg as an exec. this was one of the final projects to come from Akira Kurosawa. Starting from youth and ending with old-age, a tapestry of films are beautifully woven together covering a gamut of human conditions expressed through narratives including war, nature's destruction and curiosity. There is wisdom and unstoppable vision in the aptly named 'Dreams'.
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Kurosawa wonderful collection of his dreams some are haunting like the "The Tunnel" a story of a soldier who lost his army, or "Mount Fuji" a warning of impending doom due to Nuclear science and a "weeping demon".
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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