Hidden Fortress, The: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

Criterion   (1958) / Region A   3.75   See All Reviews
Hidden Fortress, The: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

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Hidden Fortress, The: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 17 2013
  • Production Year 1958
  • Empire SKU 1683334
  • UPC Code 715515113212
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New 2k Digital Restoration, With Uncompressed Monaural Soundtrack On The Blu-ray
Alternate 3.0 Surround Soundtrack Preserving The Original Perspecta Simulated Stereo Effects, Presented In DTS-HD Master Audio On The Blu-ray.
New Audio Commentary By Film Historian Stephen Prince, Author Of "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema Of Akira Kurosawa"
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 English Subtitle Translation
A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Film Scholar Catherine Russell


  • Audio
    Japanese DTS-HD 3.0
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.39:1 B&W

Average Rating 3.75 out of 5

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