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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 104 (Jan 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yoshiko Miyazaki & Takeshi Nomura

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One include a 12-minute interview with Sidney Lumet on "Ran"; commentary by Stephen Prince, author of "The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema Of Akira Kurosawa"; and four "Ran" trailers. Disc Two includes "A.K.," a 75-minute featurette on making the film; "Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful To Create," a 30-minute documentary about the making of "Ran"; "Image: Kurosawa's Continuity" a 36-minute storyboard featurette; and a 10-minute interview with Tatsuya Nakadai.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): The Criterion Collection
(Catalog Number): CC1618D
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $39.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 163
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1985
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/22/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Akira Kurosawa
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based on William Shakespeare

DVD Picture:
Last released in 2003 by Wellspring, this new Criterion Collection DVD exhibits a similar picture to that anamorphically enhanced and extensively restored 1.78:1 transfer. Hues are vibrant, but stay away from oversaturation. Fleshtones seem to be slightly hot, and blacks are deep, but undefined. While the picture is generally soft and wanting in clarity, details and textures are still capably produced. Edge enhancement is still a problem and can make objects seem to be separated from their settings. However, the flickering problem is not as evident on this version. Film grain is inherent in the source element, as well as some flecks of dirt and minor artifacts, but in acceptable amounts that give the picture a filmlike quality. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Japanese language Dolby