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Great films. Some poor DVD quality issues though.
on 3 February 2012
The films are great, this review does not pertain to the films themselves, rather the quality of this product.
If you are hoping to get the best quality films you can, go elsewhere, the transfers are no amazing.
I was happy with four of the five films, but Yojimbo (my favourite in particular) was ruined by BFIs useless transfer.
The 2.35:1 picture is forced into a 4:3 letterbox, meaning if you (like anyone in the 21st century that's into films) have a widescreen TV, there are HUGE black bars above, below, to the left and to the right of the tiny image.
Zooming into the image, assuming you have that option, destroys what little quality is left, and you are left with a screen resembling a 1980s 8-bit Nintendo game.
If you want high quality versions of Kurosawa's films, look elsewhere.
Four of the five films are okay, but not great, in terms of picture quality, but Yojimbo's quality is so bad I give this boxset 3/5.