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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams - The Criterion Collection

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Released: 22nd April 2024. Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own night time visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s imagination, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic apparitions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of creation, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (who is played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s artistry at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance. 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Shoji Ueda, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features Audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince Feature-length documentary from 1990 shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi Interviews with production manager Teruyo Nogami and assistant director Takashi Koizumi Documentary from 2011 by director Akira Kurosawa’s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Ińárritu, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese, and others Trailer PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa’s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami Cover painting by Akira Kurosawa

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  • Details

    Released:
    22nd April 2024
    Category:
    World Cinema
    Studio:
    Criterion Collection
    Format:
    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Barcode:
    5060952891687
  • Description

    Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own night time visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s imagination, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic apparitions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power-plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of creation, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (who is played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s artistry at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.

    4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Shoji Ueda, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
    • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Stephen Prince
    • Feature-length documentary from 1990 shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
    • Interviews with production manager Teruyo Nogami and assistant director Takashi Koizumi
    • Documentary from 2011 by director Akira Kurosawa’s longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Ińárritu, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese, and others
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa’s script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami
    • Cover painting by Akira Kurosawa
    Region Code:
    Region B
    Duration:
    120 minutes
    Original Language:
    Japanese
    Extras:
    Language(s): Japanese, Subtitles: English, Interactive Menu, Screen ratio 1:1.85, 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, Bonus Footage, Commentary: Stephen Prince (film scholar), Documentaries: Feature-length documentary from 1990 shot on set and directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi; Documentary from 2011 by director Akira Kurosawa's longtime translator Catherine Cadou, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese and others, Interviews: Takashi Koizumi (assistant director); Teruyo Nogami (production manager), Essay by film critic Bilge Ebiri and Kurosawa's script for a never-filmed ninth dream, introduced by Nogami, Trailers
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