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Ak 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa (Criterion Collection) Sure, there are some of 2009's bigger film releases hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, but this set from Criterion is undoubtedly the release of the week. This set offers 25 of Akira Kurosawa's films, four of which had never been released on DVD, and an illustrated book featuring an introduction and notes on each of the films by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa) and a remembrance by Donald Richie (The Films of Akira Kurosawa).
I was not sent a copy for review, but DVD Beaver has an extensive three page look at the set right here. If you are interested, it is selling for $284.99 at Amazon as of the posting of this round-up. A list of the films included is directly below followed by a »
- Brad Brevet
The concept behind the box is simplicity itself, exemplified by its title: "25 Films By Akira Kurosawa." This is released in commemoration of what would have been the Japanese master's 100th birthday; this fact is elegantly implied by a little logo atop the box. This logo is reiterated, with a single variation, on every single one of the 25 identically-sized DVD cases contained in the box. That variation being that the "100" is replaced by the 20th-century year in which each given film was made. Note below that the logo on The Idiot bears the logo "Ak/'51."
The very elegant simplicity of the package design itself, and the unerring use of simple detailing therein (that red line bisecting Masayuki Mori's eyes above is a particularly apt touch), make this an item you can contemplate for some time before popping the first DVD in. The films here are presented differently than those »
2 items from 2009
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