I just watched the BFI edition of Ikiru, an excellent Kurosawa flick that was long overdue for release. The disc was no great shakes though. There was a lot of dirt and scratches on the print and a high degree of hiss on the soundtrack. The movie should really have been given a complete remaster. Does anyone have the Japanese region 2 ( sans subtitles sadly )? I'd be interested in hearing if that edition uses a remastered print. I also picked up the BFI edition of Red Beard. No problems with that one - excellent picture and sound quality.