The Criterion Collection: The Hidden Fortress




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Release Date  Mar 29, 2016
Starring  Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Susumu Fujita, Misa Uehara
Director  Akira Kurosawa
Screen Format  Widescreen
Video Format  1.85:1
Audio  DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM Mono
Language  Japanese
Subtitles  English
Year  1958
Running Time  139 minutes
Genre  Adventure
Version  US
PAX-Code PAX0007864200
Item Code  715515174718


features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 3.0 surround soundtrack preserving the original Perspecta simulated stereo effects, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary by film historian Stephen Prince, author of The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa
  • Documentary from 2003 on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Interview from 2001 with filmmaker George Lucas about Kurosawa
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell

description

A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune (Yojimbo) as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity.


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