Question about Ikiru (Criterion, Jan. 2004)

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  1. KevA

    KevA Stunt Coordinator

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    Under the special features section for Ikiru on the Criterion site (see URL below) there is a documentary listed, as follows:

    A Message from Akira Kurosawa (2000) a 90-minute documentary produced by Kurosawa productions and featuring interviews with the director on the set of his later films.

    I was just wondering if any other Kurosawa fans have heard of this documentary and if anyone has seen it? It sounds intriguing, to say the least.

    http://www.criterionco.com/asp/relea...ection=feature

    Kev A.
     
  2. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    You left out the other special features.

    New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound

    Audio commentary by Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa

    A 41-minute documentary on Ikiru from the series, Akira Kurosawa: To Create is Beautiful, including interviews with Akira Kurosawa, writer Hideo Oguni, actor Takashi Shimura, and many others

    Original theatrical trailer

    New and improved English subtitle translation

    Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    wow is all I can say. Another jewel in the crown is released.


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  3. Tim RH

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  4. James_M

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    Is this going to be all on one disc or two? 131 minutes of documentary sounds like a lot to be on just one in addition to Ikiru's 143 run time.
     
  5. Jon Robertson

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    It'll definitely be a two disc set, with the film on the first and the two documentaries on the second. I doubt Criterion would dare to try and compress 4 1/2 hours on a single disc!
     
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    Criterion does it yet again when it comes to DVD cover art!

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  8. KevA

    KevA Stunt Coordinator

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    What kind of transfer can we expect on this title? The HomeVision VHS tape -- if that is any indication -- is quite poor in both video and audio quality. Perhaps the original elements are not in the best condition. If that is the case, I wouldn't expect something on the incredible level of "Hidden Fortress." Perhaps the best that can be done is something on the level of "Seven Samurai."
     
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    Stephen Prince is the same person who gave that brilliant commentary for Straw Dogs. One of the best I've ever heard [​IMG]
     
  10. Nathan V

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    The transfer is definitely going to better than a VHS tape, judging from Criterion's past efforts. Though how much better I don't know.

    I can't believe this is finally happening!
     

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