6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A classic which has stood the test of time,
This review is from: Seven Samurai [DVD]  (DVD)
There are many classic movies which, seen today, come across as awfully dated. "Arsenic and Old Lace", or "The Man Who Knew Too Much" may have been seminal in their time; but the in 21st century they're beginning to show their age. "Seven Samurai" is different. The strong story, the quality of the cinematography and the historic Japanese setting combine to create a sense of epic timelessness, where it becomes hard to believe the figures on the screen are only actors. It does feel a little long in places; but all in all this is a beautiful, memorable and intense film.
For a contrast, check out "The Magnificent Seven", from 1960, which is OK but has aged less well (see my review).
Upside: unforgettable. Downside: a bit slow in parts.