12 December 2012 2:45 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Invoke the phrase “greatest movie of all time,” and you’d better bring your A-game. Film fans don’t take their “bests” lightly; while fleeting passions may prompt easy praise (Avatar anyone?), smart folks know that real quality stands the test of time. Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon is one of perhaps ten films that you could call the greatest out of the gate without immediately being challenged. An undisputed masterpiece, it not only established the director’s reputation but it changed filmmaking in the process. The good people at Criterion, always mindful of cinema’s legacy, have assembled a Blu-ray copy worthy of its exalted status. Hit the jump for my full review. From a technical standpoint, the film is flawless. Dappled lighting renders the black-and-white landscape a gorgeous tableaux, while Dp Kazuo Miyagawa finds innovative ways to emphasize the links between the contrasting narrative. Kurosawa often uses visual tools to convey his story, »

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