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Kagemusha Blu-ray

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影武者 / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1980 | 180 min | Rated PG | Aug 18, 2009

Kagemusha (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Japanese: DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
Based on 5 user reviews

Movie appeal 
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Foreign67%
War18%
History16%
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Kagemusha

 (1980)

Kagemusha Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty living up to his role and clashes with the spirit of the warlord during turbulent times in the kingdom

For more about Kagemusha and the Kagemusha Blu-ray release, see Kagemusha Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Masato Ide
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Masayuki Yui

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Kagemusha Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

This high-definition digital transfer has been created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35 mm low-contrast print made from the original negative. Plenty of debris, scratches, fleck and stains have been removed. Stability has also been improved, and when blown through a digital projector, Kagemusha looks as good as I hoped it would. I did a few random comparisons between the old SDVD release and this new Blu-ray release and can comfortably state that detail is improved dramatically. Contrast, especially during the daylight scenes, is also stronger. The most notable upgrade, however, is in the area of color reproduction. Reds, yellows, greens, browns, blues, blacks and whites are far more impressive on the Blu-ray transfer. This being said, a few of the nighttime scenes seem a bit soft, at times even pale. I believe this is a side effect related to the manner in which the film was shot (the low lighting has certainly contributed to it). The print reveals plenty of natural film grain. As expected, DNR has not been applied. Finally, neither edge-enhancement nor macroblocking plague the Blu-ray release of Kagemusha. To sum it all up, I have absolutely no doubts that this is the best Akira Kurosawa's award-winning film could look at the moment. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free player in order to access its content).


Kagemusha Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

Kagemusha's soundtrack has been remastered at 24-bit from the original 4-channel stems. A number of pops, hissings, clicks, and hum have been manually removed with Pro Tools HD. Crackle has been attenuated using AudioCube's integrated audio workstation. The audio restoration was supervised by Ryan Hullings.

I don't have any reservations. The Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 track is as stable and potent as it could be. The bass is pleasing, the high frequencies not overdone and the dialog crisp and very easy to follow. Shinichiro Ikebe's haunting score also sounds terrific. I personally did not detect any balance issues to report in this review either. All in all, the Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 is solid!



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