This Steelbook includes debossed title treatment.
In sixteenth-century Japan a poor village is raided every year by a group of bandits until, driven to the brink of starvation, the villagers decide to hire professional warriors to protect them. With only three meagre meals a day to offer as payment, their quest seems an impossible one. Kurosawa's masterpiece testifies to his admiration for the classic Western, and in 1960 John Sturges repaid the compliments by remaking Seven Samurai as The Magnificent Seven.
Fully Illustrated Booklet with Essays and Credits
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This was a blind buy. I have read so much about the movie that when it was released on blu-ray, I had to have it - the best decision I could have made. It was totally engrossing from the first scene to the last and I can now see why it is help in such high esteem by film scholars and the public alike.
I remember when I first watched Seven Samurai 5 years ago. My mom and I were at the town library and were looking for a movie to rent, and we came across Seven Samurai. I was crazy about Japanese history and culture at the time, so we rented the movie. When we got home and popped the DVD in, we wondered why the movie was so dark, but then we realized that it was in black and white! I looked at the back of the DVD case, and saw that the movie was released in 1954! Never before had I watched a movie that old AND in black and white, but nevertheless we sat through the whole thing, and I actually liked it! So finally, Seven Samurai got region B Blu-Ray treatment, and a nice steelbook too! The movie itself is great. Even though it's got a slow start, it gets really good when the bandits start attacking the village. The action scenes are fast and really good for their time, and the acting is great too, with some humor thrown in here and there. One of the best things about the movie though is probably the crazy samurai Kikuchiyo. Animal-like behavior and wild ways of doing things makes him a great and really funny character! All in all, this is a movie that I recommend to everyone. I think people should try to watch more old movies, because without them, the newer movies that everyone love today probably wouldn't exist. Also, it may have been the movie Seven Samurai that made me interested in watching older movies.
Seven Samurai is one of the greatest traditional samurai films. Many of these historic films can be a bit hokey, but this one keeps the suspense, drama and quality combat scenes coming throughout its 3 hour length. The Zavvi steelbook is beautiful, with an arresting front image immortalizing the Seven and a back image displaying the image of a sword. I'm not crazy about the inside art but the cover more than makes up for it. The included BD is region-B locked and does not play in my region-A locked North American PS3.
Kurosawa's Seven Samurai is an unqualified masterpiece, and it remains so even 60 years after it was made. Suffice it to say that its 1960 remake, The Magnificent Seven, even though not as good as the original, is still, in my opinion, one of the best westerns. (Come to think of it, Zavvi, what about a Steelbook of the Magnificent Seven?) This Steelbook package is very handsome -- not as stunningly beautiful as some other Zavvi Steelbooks, but handsome nevertheless. As to the transfer, it's clear that quite a bit of work went into it, considering the age of the film and the fact that some original material was lost. It must be mentioned that the 2010 Criterion version of the film underwent an exhaustive amount of work for the restoration, and the results are nothing short of fantastic. Therefore, the Criterion version's video quality is superior to this one, but this version contains more information at the edges (which are sources of problems with scratches and other undesirable effects) and I assume that Criterion simply cut the edges to get rid of the problem. I would rate this version a mere 4.8 stars, not 5, but only because I have seen the Criterion transfer. All in all, a great buy.
I love this film but the steelbook fails to impress. Unremarkable transfer and un-inspirated artwork. Certainly nothing special but the inner case is a bit cool. I would only recommend this edition for region B-locked viewers. The Criterion Blu-Ray is vastly superior in every term, especially picture quality.
The Seven Samurai is one of the great films of Japan and of international cinema. A tour de force by director Akira Kurasawa. Just a pity about Zavvi's steel book packaging. I got a badly damaged case that I will have to replace. Living in South Africa means that it is too expensive to return for a new one.