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Seven Samurai Blu-ray

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DigiPack / Shichinin no samurai / 七人の侍 / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1954 | 207 min | Not rated | Oct 19, 2010

Seven Samurai (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.49 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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Japanese: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Japanese: LPCM 2.0

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Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 4.8 of 54.8
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Seven Samurai

 (1954)

Seven Samurai Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this must-own Blu-ray release

A Japanese farming village, constantly besieged and pillaged by an army of bandits, recruits seven independent samurai to defend it.

For more about Seven Samurai and the Seven Samurai Blu-ray release, see Seven Samurai Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Daisuke Kato
Director: Akira Kurosawa

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Seven Samurai Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The original negative of the film is no longer available, so a duplicate negative was created from the original fine-grain master positive using wetgate processing. This high-definition digital transfer was then created in 2K resolution on a Spirit Datacine from the dupe. For the extensive restoration of Seven Samurai, several different digital hardware and software solutions were utilized to address flicker, instability, dirt, scratches, and grain management, including da Vinci's Revival, Discreet Fire, Digital Vision's ASCIII Advanced Scratch and Dirt Concealer, MTI's DRS, and Pixel Farm's PFClean.

Telecine supervisor: Lee Kline.
Telecine colorist: Joe Gawler/Technicolor, New York."

This is an exceptionally strong high-definition transfer. A lot of work has gone into the restoration of Seven Samurai, and it definitely shows - a lot of the daylight scenes, for instance, look quite remarkable; clarity and contrast levels are without a doubt the best I have ever seen. Furthermore, many of the close-ups which traditionally have been very problematic now look fresh and healthy. The color-scheme is also better balanced; the blacks are richer while the variety of grays and whites are pleasingly stable. Edge-enhancement is not a serious issue of concern; neither is macroblocking. I noticed some mild background flicker popping up here and there, as well as a few frame transition issues, but both are obviously inherited. Some minor flecks and scratches are also present, but again, due to a variety of different source limitations they have been retained. Specific noise and grain reductions have been applied, but the film's grain structure is very much intact. Lastly, I did not see any serious compression artifacts while projecting the film. All in all, I feel confident in stating that this release will be referred to as the definitive presentation of Mr. Kurosawa's Seven Samurai for a very long time. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Seven Samurai Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: Japanese LPCM 1.0 (Mono) and Japanese LPCM 2.0 (the back cover of the disc incorrectly states that a Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is included). For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The surround mix was created from original optical track recordings, original music masters, and original production sound effects masters. The original monaural soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from an optical soundtrack print. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using Audio Cube's integrated audio workstation."

The audio treatment is as impressive as the video treatment, if not more. The Japanese LPCM 1.0 track boasts a variety of strong dynamics allowing Fumio Hayasaka's legendary score to shine. Due to the fact that a number of different sources have been used to assemble a complete soundtrack, there are some inconsistencies, mostly in terms of dynamic progression; however, there are no pitch related issues to report in this review. The dialog is pleasingly stable, clean, and easy to follow. Also, aside from inherited minor background hiss, there are no problematic cracks, pops, or dropouts. Lastly, the English translation is excellent.

I tested a few selected scenes with the Japanese LPCM 2.0 track, and specifically scenes where Fumio Hayasaka's score is prominent. There are some marginal advantages pertaining to low and mid range dynamics, specifically with the woodwinds, but I prefer the more organic spectrum of dynamics the LPCM 1.0 track houses. The dialog is equally stable, clean, and easy to follow.



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