As mentioned previously on this blog, the expansive DVD box set of legendary Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa‘s movies was released this week. The Los Angeles Times published an article about the release, saying,

To mark the centenary of Kurosawa’s birth, the Criterion Collection is this week issuing a lavish boxed set, “AK 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa,” which includes four mid-’40s films never before released on DVD. With about half a dozen flat-out masterpieces and more than a dozen good-to-great movies among the selections (even the handful of disposable films are intriguing), this is one high-quality brick of a collection — the only regrettable omission, because of rights issues, is his version of “King Lear,” 1985’s “Ran.”

The set, which includes a hardcover book with notes by the film scholar Stephen Prince, lists for $399 but is available for less at most retailers. Though several of the films here have been released in supplement-rich Criterion special editions, the versions in “AK 100” do not include any extras.

Read the rest of the article here.

It’s sure to be a great item for anyone who appreciates Kurosawa’s films and wants to own most of them on DVD.

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