'Rashomon' Announced and Detailed for Blu-ray

Posted Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM PDT by

Akira Kurosawa's 1950 murder mystery arrives on Blu-ray in November!

In an early announcement to retailers, the Criterion Collection will bring 'Rashomon' to Blu-ray on November 6.

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice, 'Rashomon' is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Four people recount different versions of the story of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife, which director Akira Kurosawa presents with striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks. This eloquent masterwork and international sensation revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema—and a commanding new star by the name of Toshiro Mifune—to the Western world.

The Blu-ray will feature a new 1080p digital transfer, a uncompressed mono soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentary by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie; Video introduction by director Robert Altman; Excerpts from The World of Kazuo Miyagawa, a documentary on Rashomon's cinematographer; A Testimony as an Image, a sixty-eight-minute documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; Archival audio interview with actor Takashi Shimura; Original and rerelease trailers; and a booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince; an excerpt from director Akira Kurosawa's Something Like an Autobiography; and reprints of Rashomon's two source stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, "Rashomon" and "In a Grove."

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $39.95.

You can find the latest specs for 'Rashomon' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under November 6.

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Rashomon (Blu-ray)
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