Criterion Press Release: The Hidden Fortress (Dual Format)

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    THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (dual-format Blu-ray and DVD edition)      
    A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune (Yojimbo) as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas’s Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity.
     
    1958 • 139 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Japanese with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio
     
    DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
    • New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
    • Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
    • Interview from 2001 with filmmaker George Lucas about Kurosawa
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell
     
    TITLE: THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (dual-format Blu-ray and DVD edition)  
    CAT. NO: CC2344BDDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11321-2
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-810-1
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 2/18/14
    STREET: 3/18/14
     
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    Very happy to see Criterion releasing Kurosawa's films on blu-ray and The Hidden Fortress being one of my favorites. Criterion did release Dersu Uzala (1975) on laserdisc years ago and all the media versions out there are not the best so i hope one day Criterion will re-release that one too.
     
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    I seem to recall somebody saying the Perspecta track on the old DVD was innacurate to the original source.
     

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