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Kurosawa Samurai Collection (blu ray) - £24.99 delivered @ HMV
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Kurosawa Samurai Collection (blu ray) - £24.99 delivered @ HMV

£24.99£49.9950%HMV Deals
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Posted 7th May
Niche, perhaps, but five fantastic Akira Kurosawa films for £25 is a bargain in my book.

Looks to be the cheapest this has been, at least for a significant amount of time.

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Five classic samurai films by the legendary Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. 'Seven Samurai' (1954) tells the story of a group of 17th-century warriors recently detached from the powerful masters who once paid them. Veteran samurai Kambei (Takashi Shimura) is the leader of the group hired by the residents of a village suffering at the hands of a marauding band of thieves. Five of his cohorts are trained warriors, but the sixth, Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), is actually the son of a farmer, desperate to earn his spurs on the battlefield. The basics of the story served as the blueprint for the western classic 'The Magnificent Seven'. 'Throne of Blood' (1957), Akira Kurosawa's film version of 'Macbeth', transfers the action to medieval Japan. A samurai warrior (Toshiro Mifune) is urged to murder his lord (Takashi Shimura) and his best friend (Minoru Chiaki) by a forest spirit and an ambitious wife (Isuzu Yamada). Kurosawa renders 'the Scottish play' through the conventions of traditional Japanese Noh theatre, creating what was reputedly TS Eliot's favourite film. The famous ending sees Toshiro Mifune caught under hails of arrows. Winner of the Best Director Award at the 1959 Berlin Film Festival, 'The Hidden Fortress' (1958) is regarded by many to be one of Kurosawa's finest, and has been acknowledged by George Lucas as the principle inspiration for 'Star Wars'. Set in 16th-century Japan, the story centres on rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress. Tahei (Minoru Chaiki) and Matashichi (Kamatari Fujiwara) are two cowardly soldiers on the run from an advancing enemy army. As they search the country for a cache of secret gold, they join forces with Rokurota Makabe (Toshiro Mifune), a samurai warrior who is escorting a fiesty princess (Misa Uehara) through enemy territory. The mismatched travellers then have to fight a number of battles before they finally come within sight of their goal. Kurosawa combines elements of the western and the film noir in the classic adventure 'Yojimbo' (1961). Yojimbo (Toshiro Mifune), a freelance Samurai warrior, sells his services to rival factions in a small Japanese village. When he is betrayed, he turns his skills against his former employers, determined that the two warring sides should destroy each other. 'Yojimbo' was later remade by Sergio Leone as the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western 'A Fistful of Dollars'. In the samurai spoof 'Sanjuro' (1962), a sequel of sorts to 'Yojimbo', shabby samurai Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) teams up with eight young warriors who seek out corruption among the elders of their clan. They also embark on a mission to rescue a kidnapped chancellor from a corrupt war lord.
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Good price for a nice boxset.

You can't beat this film though - '13 Assassins'
I have more than one copy of the seven samurai – it is for many one of the best films, in the same league as Brazil, the original Blade Runner and slightly lower down the list 1984. Hidden Fortress is another great film so Good value.
Great value box set for a selection of classics (including 3 hands down masterpieces). I do wish we could get a UK release of the criterion editions though. The video quality and extras on those are exceptional.
Throne of Blood has somehow escaped my notice.

I own the other 4 films. Enjoyed them many a time. Somehow I've missed this one.
Motoko08/05/2020 15:00

Great value box set for a selection of classics (including 3 hands down …Great value box set for a selection of classics (including 3 hands down masterpieces). I do wish we could get a UK release of the criterion editions though. The video quality and extras on those are exceptional.


What is the quality on these releases? Is it the only option in the UK for region B?
ml33708/05/2020 16:28

What is the quality on these releases? Is it the only option in the UK for …What is the quality on these releases? Is it the only option in the UK for region B?


The BFI release are the only UK editions I know of (there are other region B’s across Europe though).

i haven’t seen the releases to compare personally but reports on various forums are that the BFI transfers are good but ‘off the shelf’ and a little over processed to remove noise.

For their Region A releases, Criterion rescanned the best available prints and manually cleaned the transfer. The results from screen shots I’ve seen look stunning (plus the criterion editions have more extras). However, importing those and finding a region free player would cost around £250 at least so if all you want is the films, this box set is amazing value.
Edited by: "Motoko" 10th May
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