The flawed transfer on Criterion’s Blu-ray release of Ikiru, but at least the disc arrives with an informative slew of extras.
The wonderful new audio commentary nearly serves to distract from the image transfer, which is sporadically gorgeous, but inconsistent.
Long saddled as simply an escapist comprise, Kurosawa’s unabashedly entertaining 1958 film gets an unexpectedly substantial Blu-ray upgrade.
A sterling presentation that’s been produced with an eye toward drawing budding new fans.
The film is still one of the most glorious testaments to the frustrations and exhilarations of chasing an unvarnished truth.
The film is an unfortunately strained effort, a sprawling, yet detached familial soap opera with an atypical country setting.