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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Three Outlaw Samurai

29 November 2011 11:23 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012

Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: Criterion

Swords slash in the Japanese action-drama Three Outlaw Samurai.

Three Outlaw Samurai, the first film by legendary Japanese filmmaker Hideo Gosha (Sword of the Beast) is among the most canonized chambara (sword-fighting) films.

An origin-story offshoot of a Japanese television series phenomenon of the same name, the 1964 action-drama movie tells of a wandering, seen-it-all ronin (Tetsuro Tamba) who becomes entangled in the dangerous business of two other samurai (Isamu Nagato and Mikijiro Hira) who’ve been hired to execute a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of a corrupt magistrate.

A tight story filled out with well-mounted action sequences, this classic revenge tale is presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Criterion Blu-ray and DVD doesn’t have a heap of special features like most of the supplier’s releases, but the movie did get a high-definition digital »

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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion’s Hulu Channel

26 June 2011 4:23 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This one is coming up late, due to Criterion jam packing a ton of releases on Friday, right while I was finishing up the original post. I think they wanted to mess with me, which is very funny. But being the premier (and only) site that gives you the best coverage of Hulu Plus movies, I don’t mind taking the time at all. I’m hoping it has nothing to do with the recent shake-up going on that Josh just reported on the other day (here), and with Hulu wanting to be bought because of financial problems stemming from multiple sources, this makes one wonder what’s going to happen to the Criterion Collection and their deal with Hulu. I’m crossing my fingers that whoever buys the service, be it Amazon, Google or Yahoo (who is the frontrunner), it doesn’t ruin the deal in place for Criterion and its films. »

- James McCormick

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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion’s Hulu Channel

11 June 2011 10:20 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

There are Tons of new releases this past week, and as my co-host and friend Travis George said, it was going to be a hell of a time to write these up for all of you people out there who want to know about Criterion’s blossoming Hulu Plus page. And as usual, I’m elated to tell you all about these films, especially if you want to join up to the service, which helps us keep this weekly article series going. I mean, come on, there’s an Ingmar Bergman film that’s not in the collection yet! More on that at the end of the article. So let’s get right to it then.

The epic film The Human Condition (1959) has been put up, separated into three videos. Parts 1 & 2, Parts 3 & 4 and Parts 5 & 6 are there for your ease of watching, so if you have 574 minutes to kill watching the »

- James McCormick

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