seejaye (seejaye) wrote in akira_kurosawa,
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Anyone seen the new Criterion "Seven Samurai" yet?

I haven't picked it up yet, but I'm DROOLING over the images posted in this review

A couple samples:

Here's a shot from the old Criterion release:


I remember seeing this and thinking: 1) What visual poetry - that mythical village nestled in the valley, and 2) It's hard to get over those scratches, blemishes and overall icy coldness of digital restoration. Ah well - it's the best they can do, I suppose.

Now look at the image from the new release:



Tears of joy. It's pristine again! There's the expressive black-and-white warmth that was compromised so much in other releases.

This great masterpiece has finally been given the treatment it deserves.
It's like Christmas has come three months early for me!
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