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My family group were very satisfied with Seven Samurai - most of us had seen it before but a long time ago, we all enjoyed it even the younger members of the group who did not know what to expect. I was delighted to be able to purchase this movie in Blu-ray format with high quality image and sound, as previously it was viewed on 35 ml celluloid which gave a very different effect. It will become a family treasure, as other members will look forward to viewing it.
... it states on the case and in my opinion you get what it says on the case! The film is as old as I am!! I have seen a number of versions over the years, the major difference being the length of the film. The original is very long as it spends a great amount of footage on the first Samurai's funeral. This Blu-Ray version, at 207 minutes, is probably the longest anyone will now see on disk. Whether the original film and the full footage still exists I do not know. When you realise that the greatest western "The Magnificent Seven" is based on this film, and other westerns and the StarWars trilogy are based on other Kurosawa films, you have to see them all to enjoy the artistry of this director. "The Seven Samurai" is the pinnacle of Kurosawa's work
This film is a must have and no collection is complete without it. Famously recreated by Hollywood as The Magnificent Seven, this Japanese original still stands head and shoulders above any other remake or interpretation. There are no modern superhuman skills displayed here (as is usual in modern martial arts films eg flying fight scenes, as in Crouching Tiger or swordsmen moving at lighting speed, as in Hero). The seven samurai in this film are experienced fighters who are hired in an attempt to defend a peasant village against marauding bandits. The fighting skills displayed are, like the fight scenes, realistic and the final confrontation, which takes place during a torrential downpour, is mind boggling. This is a black and white film, in Japanese with English subtitles. The quality isn't particularly brilliant but this has to be expected considering it was made in 1954. But don't be put off by any of this - you will be drawn into it and, like any great film, you will want more, even though it is 190 minutes in length. Do not expect blood spurting everywhere with guts hanging out and limbs being lopped off wherever possible - great character building, amusing incidents that will make you smile, shocking and sad moments, excellent fight scenes and realism are the order of the day. Watch out for Toshiro Mifune turning up to enlist - I laughed out loud (and still laugh whenever I remember it) I suggest you watch this as a late night movie - it's great!
I remember watching this on BBC in the early 1960s I must have been about 11 years old ! I was impressed with it then ,thought about it over the years and after reading the reviews I decided to get it on Blue Ray . The verdict ? It's better than I remember and at the age of 69 I can appreciate it better.It is a remarkable film ,it should be on everyones "To Watch List". Definitely one of the best films of all time !
This movie is so good I can't put into words. I have wanted to see thins since hearing about it and now I own the blu ray I an gobsmacked how good this is!!!!! The movie running time is JUST under 3 and a half hours, it comes with several special features and a book inside the case. The quality, even in B&W, is flawless and sounds just as good as the immaculate picture quality. About a dozen or more movies are either based on this or have inspired the writer / director to make a movie which includes Star Wars and the Magnificent 7. If you love movies like I do or want to watch a classic that inspired a generation of other movies or ant to forget about the trouble in the world at the moment (Covid 19 or Coronavirus) then you must buy this movie. It is a classic that HAS to be seen to be belied hoe amazing it actually is!!!!
This is a classic film I watched may years ago but prompted by my recent trip to Japan I decided to purchase this disc. Never get tired of watching good movies and this is one of the best. A typical Japanese movie where there is always a moral to the story, I watch quite a few Japanese films and find them to have a stronger story line than the average Hollywood movie. If you don't mind the sub titles I highly recommend and the re-mastering makes it even more enjoyable.
This is a really great movie. I always wondered why people raved on about it......now I know. The story, the acting, the characters,the humorous antics. It's a really great movie. Because it is in b/w, don't let that deter you. Somehow, I think that it just wouldn't have had as much going for it had it been made in colour. Being about times gone by, I think it is quite fitting to have been filmed in black and white, colour would not have given it the same substance, the same feel. as what this black and white cinematography provides.
What can one say about the style and quality of Japanese art.? Quality through and through. The film conveys the true dilemma of the poor against the warlords. It makes our films seem pathetic in comparison, e.g. The Magnificent Seven with guns popping from a distance, instead of a head on conflict between Samurai swordsmen and the bad guys. Definitely worth watching for the detailed background and probably a true portrayal of how the Samurai operated, i.e. honourably ferocious.
The story line although Robin Hood-like, is given such an in-depth development of the protagonists' background and characterisation, is quite absorbing to watch. No wonder the building up of the seven-man gang took half the screen time. And it's worth every second of it. That Hollywood had sought to imitate it in the Magnificent Seven is just the sincerest praise of this film's quality. Kurosawa is indeed master of his craft. I have a complete collection of his Samurai films.Why did I buy this now? Because my first copy of Seven Samurai somehow got unplayable for some damn inexplicable reason.