In reference to the few Kurosawa films that I have and love... I just picke up Akira's Rashomon (these things are expensive, but I'll get to that in a second) and this thing looks worse than Seven Samaurai or The Hidden Fortress. I know it's a 50's film, but I've seen what others have done to their back catalog (see North By Northwest) and I must say that Criterion to be just that, they have got to do better than this for the $35 they are charging me at retail (yes, I know I can get it on-line cheaper). And don't get me starting the the jitter of the picutre (on the close ups during the confessions). I'm dying to pick up Throne of Blood but I'm hesitant to shell out the bucks for a sub par picture quality. Is this the best we are ever going to get? Some one call Robert Harris! Sidebar: Whoever does the covers for these things is freaking awesome. Makes me not want to open the package for the fear of damaging it.