Criterion to Bring 'Ran' to Blu-ray this May

Posted Wed Feb 18, 2009 at 06:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke

Criterion has announced its latest classic for high-def, setting a mid-May Blu-ray berth for the Japanese epic 'Ran.'

Considered one of the many masterpieces from legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, 'Ran' will make its eagerly-awaited Blu-ray bow on May 12. (Criterion previously released a special edition DVD version in 2002.)

Tech specs will see the 160-minute film spread across a BD-50 dual-layer disc, with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video. We don't have audio details yet, but stay tuned.

Among the bonus features are audio commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince, a 30-minute documentary, the full-length film "A.K.," by director Chris Marker, a 35-minute video recreating many Kurosawa paintings and sketches for the film, a new video interview with star Tatsuya Nakadai, theatrical trailers and a 28-page booklet with interviews and essays.

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $39.95.

You'll find the latest specs for 'Ran' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under May 12.

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