Seven Samurai Question

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  1. Adam_WM

    Adam_WM Screenwriter

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    I have a question for you guys. I am watching Seven Samurai on a HORRIBLE VHS copy that I checked out from my school library. The subtitles are white and very, very hard to read.

    I was wondering: On the Criterion DVD, how are the subtitles displayed? Are they colored or do they have some kind of background around them so that they are easier to read?
     
  2. Richard Kim

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    The subs on the DVD are white, but I had no trouble at all reading them.
     
  3. Tim Ke

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    Spot on, Richard.
     
  4. Lew Crippen

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    Do yourself a big favor Adam and at least rent a copy of the DVD. It is an order of magnitude improvement over the VHS.
     
  5. Kevin M

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    Yet be aware that a new (and apparently very clean) print of SS is making the rounds so is isn't impossible that a better DVD transfer of Seven Samurai might be out on DVD in the future....but I would suggest getting the current Criterion DVD if only for the great (if at times slightly gushing & fan boyish) commentary track.
     
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    I believe that there is a superb Japanese region 2 edition of the film that has a superior transfer to all DVDs edition currently on the market. But the Criterion edition is damn good.


    Gordy
     
  7. Terry St

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    While the subs on your VHS copy are burned in, the Criterion DVD at least has subs in Line21 format which are up to your DVD player to display. Depending on your player, you could change the color to plaid if you really wanted to.
     
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    The subs were very easy to read as I recall. I would highly recommend the Criterion disc.
     
  9. Adam_WM

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    Honestly, guys, I won't be picking up Seven Samurai. I just couldn't get into it. [stay thy distance evil flamers!]
     
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    Honestly, guys, I won't be picking up Seven Samurai. I just couldn't get into it. I respect it, but wouldn't watch it again [stay thy distance evil flamers!].
     
  11. Dome Vongvises

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    Adam_WM said:
     
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  13. Dmitry

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    I just watched my copy of Criterion Seven Samurai a few days ago and while the transfer probably beats any VHS out there I thought it suffered from overcompression. The picture definitely had "digital" written all over it instead of "film". If there was a re-release pending, I'd check it out before picking up the current version.
     
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