Blu-ray, DVD Release: Gate of Hell

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Criterion

Gate of Hell movie sceneThe winner of two Oscars and the Grand Prix Prize at Cannes, Teinosuke Kinugasa’s (A Page of Madness) 1953 historical drama-romance Gate of Hell is a visually sumptuous, psychologically penetrating work.

In the midst of epic, violent intrigue in twelfth-century Japan, an imperial warrior falls for a lady-in-waiting. Even after he discovers she is married, he goes to extreme lengths to win her love. Nothing good can come of this…

A tragic story of obsession and unrequited passion, Kinugasa’s film was an early triumph of color cinematography in Japan. In fact, it’s reportedly the first Japanese film to employ a Western color process.

Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray and DVD includes the following features:

• New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New English subtitle translation
• A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince

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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.