High And Low: The Criterion Collection (2 Disc Edition)

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High And Low: The Criterion Collection (2 Disc Edition)

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High And Low: The Criterion Collection (2 Disc Edition)

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's highly influential domestic drama and police procedural High And Low. Adapting Ed McBain's detective novel King's Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a diabolical treatise on class and contemporary Japanese society. Criterion is proud to present High And Low (Tengoko to jigoku) in this new high-definition digital transfer.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 21 2008
  • Production Year 1963
  • Empire SKU 1405323
  • UPC Code 715515030922
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc One:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer with original four-track surround sound
- Audio commentary featuring Akira Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
- New and improved English subtitle translation

Disc Two:
- A 37-minute documentary on the making of High and Low, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
- Rare video interview with actor Toshiro Mifune, conducted by TV talk-show host Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
- New video interview with actor Tsutomu Yamazaki, who plays the kidnapper
- Theatrical trailers from Japan and the U.S.
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and an on-set account by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W (Anamorphic)

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