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.
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)
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