The Criterion Collection, 2010. First Printing. Blu-Ray Special Edition Double-Disc Set.
Thanks to perhaps the most indelible character in Akira Kurosawa’s oeuvre, Yojimbo (1961) surpassed even Seven Samurai in popularity when it was released. The masterless samurai Sanjuro, who slyly manipulates two warring clans to his own advantage in a small, dusty village, was so entertainingly embodied by the brilliant Toshiro Mifune that it was only a matter of time before he returned in a sequel. Made just one year later, Sanjuro (1962) matches Yojimbo’s storytelling dexterity yet adds a layer of world-weary pragmatism that bring the two films to a thrilling and unforgettable conclusion.
Blue-ray Special Edition Double-Disc Set Features:
- Restored high-definition digital transfers, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
- Optional DTS-HD Master Audio Perspecta 3.0 soundtracks, preserving the original simulated stereo effects
- Audio commentaries by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince
- Documentaries on the making of Yojimbo and Sanjuro, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It is Wonderful to Create
- Theatrical teasers and trailers
- Stills galleries of behind-the-scenes photos
- Booklets featuring essays by film writers Alexander Sesonske and Michael Sragow and comments from Kurosawa and members of his casts and crews.
Blu-ray Special Edition Double-Disc Set, 2 films on separate discs in individual cases, 206 total minutes, black & white, monaural, 2.35:1 aspect ratio, in Japanese with English subtitles. Each disc in separate case with booklet. Two cases are housed in pictorial cardboard slip-case.
Previously owned and in excellent condition.