Hidden Fortress, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1958) / Region A
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Hidden Fortress, The: The Criterion Collection

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.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 19 2016
  • Production Year 1958
  • Empire SKU 1777204
  • UPC Code 715515174718
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

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
Trailer
New English subtitle translation
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Japanese DTS-HD MA Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W

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