The Hidden Fortress [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1958]

  • SKU: 30237261
  • Release Date: 03/29/2016
  • Rating: NR
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    Overview

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

    Special Features


    • Alternate 3.0 surround sound soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects
    • Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
    • Interview from 2001 with filmmaker George Lucas about Kurosawa
    • New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
    • Trailer

    Synopsis


    The Hidden Fortress
    Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (original Japanese title: Kakushi Toride No San Akunin) stars Minoru Chiaki and Kamatari Fujiwara as a pair of misfit soldiers. Running from the enemy after a disastrous defeat, the two soldiers fall in with general Toshiro Mifune, who is in search of a huge cache of gold. Mifune is also desirous of freeing princess-in-exile Misa Uehara from the clutches of the evil victorious army. Several large and small battles ensue before Mifune can realize his goal. If the plot of Hidden Fortress sounds vaguely familiar to you, try this exercise: substitute two robots for Chiaki and Fujiwara, Mark Hamill for Mifune, and Carrie Fisher for Uehara. George Lucas himself admitted that Hidden Fortress was a principal inspiration for his Star Wars saga; stretching the point farther, both Hidden Fortress and Star Wars had their roots in John Ford's The Searchers. Originally released in a 137-minute form, The Hidden Fortress was sliced to ribbons by its American distributors, and years later received extensive restoration. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Toshiro Mifune
      Toshiro Mifune - Gen. Rokurota Makabe
    • Kamatari Fujiwara
      Kamatari Fujiwara - Matashichi
    • Minoru Chiaki
      Minoru Chiaki - Tahei
    • Susumu Fujita
      Susumu Fujita - Gen. Hyoe Tadokoro
    • Image coming soon
      Takashi Shimura - The Old General, Izumi Nagakura



    Customer rating

    4.7
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best Kurosawa films

      Posted
      theman87

      This Kurosawa film hit another high note. a great compilation of actors and actresses. you can see what inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars. really a good action/adventure film. Kurosawa has been and always will be an inspirational director to everyone who has seen his films.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Pretty good film and excellent disc

      Posted
      psams1990
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      The Blu-ray came in as expected, complete with booklet and no damage to the case or disc. The only issue was that the booklet was slightly bent, but otherwise this was a pretty good purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Akira Kurosawa classics!

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      RigbyReardon
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      One of George Lucas' inspirations for Star Wars this Akira Kurosawa film is a masterpiece! As always Toshiro Mifune is brilliant as "The Ronin" and Kurosawa's cinematography is perfection!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Definitely one of the best movies of all time

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      hotrodhankny
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      If you are into war movies this is s must. In fact I hadn't seen it until my young son highly recommended it to me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Hidden Fortress

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      Visions
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      I have been watching this movie since I was a child, the criterion edition is amazing .

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Land Wars: The Shogunate Strikes Back

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      EdVA
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      Required viewing for Star Wars fans and samurai fans, alike.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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