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
Cast and Crew:
Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Yojimbo, Throne of Blood).
Starring Toshiro Mifune (Rashomon, Yojimbo)
Awards and Reviews:
‘One of the great masterpieces’ Empire
‘Pure cinematic dynamite’ Guardian
‘Simply one of the greatest films ever’ Daily Telegraph
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Beautiful piece of steelbook, nice thematical artwork and one of the most famous movies of all times! Strongly recommended!
As promised the item showed up on the day. No marks or blemishes to be seen and a very happy customer. I'm new to the steel book game but am loving it and this to me is an essential purchase. The presentation of such a classic movie is expert and very in keeping with the film itself. The highlight of course being the sword on the back -very nice touch. Happy chappy. I'll be back for more!
The film itself is an all time classic, Zavvis' customer service however is terrible. Twice I have had to send the item back because there was a dent in the case. First time I'm fairly certain they sent the exact same item back, I'm still waiting for the second replacement to arrive.
Finally a release of Seven Samurai for Region B areas. The case is okay in my opinion and the video and audio quality is fine. This doesn't have the extra depth the Criterion release has it seems and the overall transfer quality maybe better than this one.
In my opinion, one of the greatest films ever made, if not the greatest!
One of the best movies of all time...and now in the best possible edition. This is exellenct all the way. Very fast delivery, and the item arrived exactly as described.
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.
One of the best films I've seen and a good steelbook.
A brilliant film hard going to start but when you get into it, it becomes a masterpiece
I bought this film as I'm a fan of the magnificent 7 and the Star Wars saga. These films were based on the Seven Samurai and I thought I should watch the original. It didn't disappoint and I highly recommend this film, its beautifully shot and directed.
Brilliant steelbook, good price fantastic film. Would love to see more Kurosawa films on blu ray in UK and maybe even on steelbook