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Old 02-12-03, 05:33 PM
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Kurosawa DVD rights

I certainly hope that Criterion doesn't have the DVD rights to the majority of his films since their releases are so infrequent. The last Kurosawa DVD we got from them was "Red Beard", which was almost a year ago. Their next release (D'odes-ka'den) has been delayed for what seems like an eternity, and there isn't even a release date for it. So can we look forward to seeing some of Kurosawa's other movies on DVD from other companies anytime soon?
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Dreams comes out March 18th from Warner Brothers. That's about it so far.
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A footnote to Kurosawa fans: new subtitled prints of several films of his are making the US revival film circuit shortly. The AFI here in Washington DC began it's retrospective with last Friday's rerelease of "Ikiru". Select Landmark theatres and Dallas' Magnolia theatre are the only theatres that I know of that will showcasing these films as well.
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a R1 of RAN "masterworks edition" from wellspring will be available on 4/15 and a Japanese R2 of the 179mins. version of KAGEMUSHA was just released on 1/31 but I can't find any reliable information on whether it has english subtitles or not. can anyone confirm?

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Old 02-13-03, 07:01 AM
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Originally posted by cygnet74
a Japanese R2 of the 179mins. version of KAGEMUSHA was just released on 1/31 but I can't find any reliable information on whether it has english subtitles or not. can anyone confirm?
I checked Amazon Japan as well as CD-Japan and they both don't list any English subs. The other DVDs from the same series don't have any either, so this information seems to be correct.

As for hiy other movies: there's quite a lot of them out in Hong Kong from Mei Ah, but from what I hear they suffer from terrible subtitles.
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DDDhouse.com has quite a few kurosawa DVD's, I believe most of english subs, and none of them are Criterions.
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The Mei Ah subs are atrocious.
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what prancetron2000 said. DRUNKEN ANGEL has the worst subs I've ever seen on a movie. I'm not even going to bother checking out the rest.
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BTW I e-mailed John Mulvany at Criterion and he told me that there are two or three Kurosawa DVDs planned for 2003, but that Dodes-Kaden might not be one of them.

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For any of you in Dallas or can get there. Here is the Magnolia theatre link to the Kurosawa series.

http://www.magpictures.com/soon.php

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