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Akira Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
Rating:9.3/10 (3 votes) [
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Reviewed by pat00139 on March 2nd, 2006
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This is why Criterion does commentaries. Mr. Prince enlightens you about everything remotely related to this movie. He gives you context and explains things that Mr. Kurosawa simply put in the movie without explaining. The last battle at the end was a real battle, for example, and Mr. Prince tells you what happened as it differs from what’s in the movie. He also tells you Mr. Kurosawa’s use of colour, style, symbolism and career evolution. He talks about this movie in relation to the director’s other samurai movies like ‘Yojimbo’ and ‘Ran’. He talks at length about the scenes and talks about the director’s probable intention with them and how some of them were made. He talks about how some important scenes relate to the overall themes and symbolisms of the movie. As good as this movie is, listening to this track is about as entertaining. Everything you knew after watching this movie but couldn’t express verbally, everything at the back of your mind after watching the flick, Mr. Prince verbalizes and explains. Terrific track.
Reviewed by soysauce on May 20th, 2008
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This is the best commentary I've ever seen. Stephen Prince does a great job explaining cinematic devices Kurosawa uses, why, and the historical significance behind the movie. Without this commentary, I couldn't have enjoyed this great movie.
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