The flawed transfer on Criterion’s Blu-ray release of Ikiru, but at least the disc arrives with an informative slew of extras.
Criterion lavishes it with their customarily meticulous restoration work, and comes away with one of the essential releases of the year.
Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact.
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 toward the work of one of cinema’s greatest artists.
To choose only 10 films for this list was a task at once simple and impossible.
The inclusion of the American cut and a boatload of illuminating supplements add up to a monstrously entertaining package.
These films offer a blueprint to the evolution of Kurosawa as an artist and the continuity of his style, windswept landscapes and all.
This orgiastic transfer more than simply blows away the previous DVD release of the film.
Akira Kurosawa often referred to Drunken Angel as the movie in which the Japanese director finally found his style.
Do not forget the Infant Island song and behold the untold wonders of Japanese cinema.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster embodies much of what the popular monster films have come to be known for over the years.