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Red Beard (Akahige)
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 64 (Sept 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Toshiro Mifune, Yuzo Kayama & Tsutomu Yamazaki

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with Akira Kurosawa film scholar Stephen Prince and liner notes written by Donald Richie.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): RED190
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $39.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 185
(Color Type): Black & White
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1965
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/16/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Akira Kurosawa
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Following medical school in 1820, young Noboru Yasumoto (Kayama) happens to visit a clinic run by Dr. Kyojo Niide (Mifune)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD offers a black-and-white picture that is quite satisfying, with a pleasing gray scale of generally deep blacks and bright whites. Images are generally sharp, through some scenes are soft and slightly smeared. The picture is quite solid, with only minor dirt and film grain noticed from the source element. Edge enhancement can be bothersome, and there is a bit of pixelization noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

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