'Seven Samurai' on Blu-ray!

Posted Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:00 AM PDT by

Akira Kurosawa’s landmark 1954 epic is bound for Blu-ray this October.

The Criterion Collection has announced 'Seven Samurai' for a Blu-ray release on October 19.

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the eponymous warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope.

Specs have yet to be revealed, but supplements will include: Audio commentary with Film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie; Audio commentary with Japanese film expert Michael Jeck; A 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create; My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan; Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa's masterpiece; Theatrical trailers and teaser; Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills; and a booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune.

Suggested list price for the 3-disc Blu-ray release has been set at $49.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Seven Samurai' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under October 19.

See what people are saying about this story in our forums area, or check out other recent discussions.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Seven Samurai (Blu-ray)
Tags: Disc Announcements, Criterion (all tags)