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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:33 PM

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THE HIDDEN FORTRESS
Akira Kurosawa

Japan • 1958 • 139 minutes • Black and White • 2.35:1 • Japanese
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas’s Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity.

DISC FEATURES

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Interview from 2001 with filmmaker George Lucas about Kurosawa
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell


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Posted 23 February 2009 - 03:33 PM

NOTES:

  • DVD/BD Reissue Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • OOP DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • AK 100 Collector's Set Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • OOP DVD cover artwork:

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  • AK 100 Collector's Set artwork:

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