Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Hidden Fortress

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion


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Toshiro Mifune is on the lookout for action and adventure in The Hidden Fortress.

The 1958 action-filled The Hidden Fortress is a grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) could make one.

The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune (Throne of Blood) 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.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack of the classic contains the following features:

• New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Alternate 5.1 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
• One Blu-ray and one DVD, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Catherine Russell

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.